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100 Years Ago: Furlough for John Lavin, Ladies Plan Tag Day

The Intelligencer November 25, 1915 (page 2)

“Furlough for Wounded Sergeant. Sergeant John Lavin of Charlotte street, Belleville, a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Brigade was severely wounded at Ypres on 23rd April while rescuing a wounded officer. His little daughter died in the summer while he was fighting. The letters announcing her sickness and death were both lost and he only recently learned in a convalescent camp in England of his bereavement.

Colonel Ponton took the matter up with the Militia Department and has received for the wounded man two months’ furlough at his home as soon as he is fit to proceed to Canada. Permission was cabled by Adjutant General to Colonel Ponton last night, and gladdened the hearts of Mrs. Lavin and the little ones.”

The Intelligencer November 25, 1915 (page 2)

“The 80th Battalion is to have a tag day on Saturday, November 27. A number of young ladies of several societies organized in this city, have consented to take charge of it. Every person who is on the street will be tagged by a young lady, and will, of course, be expected to purchase a tag. There will be no limit to the price, every person giving as much as his conscience will allow him to. The money will be devoted in behalf of the men entirely, and a good response is urgently requested.

Now that the 80th are here, it is up to the citizens to do their bit and try to meet the requirements of the men, and to facilitate matters as much as possible. The people of Belleville have always responded to other worthy causes nobly, and we are sure they will do this.”