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100 Years Ago: Letters from Captain O’Flynn, Militia Clothing Found, Plea for Field Comforts

The Intelligencer February 17, 1915 (page 1)

“Belleville Boys at Front Heard From. Letters were received from Captain O’Flynn this morning, dated February 2nd from Bustard Camp. The Captain says that all the Belleville boys are well and in splendid condition. …  The boys were looking forward to an inspection by the King, which has since taken place. …  The Canadians have made great improvement in the last month and reports show that the King was very much pleased with the inspection.

The Captain sent his best wishes to his Belleville friends, sending special messages to a number. The boys are now at the front, as shown by the cables and it is with hearts full of anxiety and with prayers for their welfare that their friends are waiting at home.”

The Intelligencer February 17, 1915 (page 2)

“Military Clothing Found. Yesterday a good sized valise was found in a yard in this city, and upon examination it was ascertained that it contained a complete khaki suit of clothing, such as worn by the militia. The owner of the valise or the clothing is a mystery. The outfit was taken to the police station, where it is being taken care of. It is possible that it is the property of a deserter, as it is known that an enlister recently deserted from Kingston.”

The Intelligencer February 17, 1915 (page 6)

“Appeal for Comforts. Sir George Perley Cables For Gifts of Extras for Canadians at Front. Ottawa. Feb. 17.—The first official announcement that the Canadian troops are in France was made yesterday morning, and carries with it an appeal which will doubtless evoke a prompt and ready response from all parts of Canada.

Sir George Perley cables urgently for a large stock of field comforts for the use of the Canadian contingent. …  The articles asked for at present are all kinds of heavy woollen articles, especially socks, while later it would be better to confine attention to socks and mitts, woven belts and colored handkerchiefs, well-knit socks being the most important. Gifts of money to purchase woven body belts, sweaters, tobacco and such comforts will also be most acceptable, especially if sent promptly.

The following cable was received by the Governor-General yesterday from London from Rt. Hon. Lewis Harcourt, the Colonial Secretary: ‘Your Ministers will be glad to learn that the whole of the Canadian contingent are doing well at the front, having safely crossed over to France.’ “