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100 Years Ago: Sergeant Spafford Thanks Belleville Women

The Intelligencer October 9, 1915 (page 3)

“Sergt. Spafford Writes to Women Of Belleville. Bellevilla de Belge, Sept. 23. To the Women of the Patriotic League, Belleville, Ont. On behalf of the Belleville members,—N.C.O’s and men—of the 2nd Battery, 1st Battery and 4th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, B.E.F., I beg to acknowledge with thanks the arrival of the consignment of socks and housewives through the Canadian War Contingent Association, London, which I have duly distributed as requested, to the Belleville members and the remainder to other deserving men who required them.

I have before me telephone messages and notes received from the batteries mentioned, and they request me on their behalf (and I take great pleasure in doing so) to express their sincere thanks and appreciation of your great kindness and thoughtfulness toward us. We thank you, ladies, most sincerely. …

By your kind remembrance of us, ladies, you have shown your loyalty and that your hearts are with us in the cause for which we are fighting, by your ever thoughtful interest in our welfare since our departure from our fair and more beautiful Belleville—I say more beautiful, because one realizes this more forcibly each day. None can compare with our native land, of which we dream and long to return to. …

In conclusion please convey our greetings and very sincere good wishes to the women of the Patriotic League of Belleville, with the assurance that we shall do our duty bravely. Fear God, honor the King. On behalf of the N.C.O’s and men of Belleville 34th and 2nd Battery, I am, most loyal and good friends, Yours respectfully, Gerald Spafford, Q.M.S.”