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100 Years Ago: The Call to Arms

The Intelligencer August 7, 1914 (page 1)

This is one of a series of articles transcribed from the Intelligencer newspapers during the war years 1914-1918. Canada was brought into the First World War on August 4, 1914, when Britain declared war on Germany. [1]

“In response to Canada’s call for men and a special regimental order by Lt.-Col. Marsh, commanding officer of the Fifteenth Regiment, of this city, last evening there was a great gathering at the Armouries here. Not only young men, but older men were out in full force, and not a few women. …

Shortly after eight o’clock Col. Marsh had the men assembled and addressed them briefly. …  Great Britain was at present face to face with a great crisis. …  We owe a duty to the flag that has protected us for all these years. …  Loud cheers were given at the close of the Colonel’s remarks, and the work of enlisting was gone on with. In one company over forty enlisted, and the other seven companies enrolled a large number.

Postcard ca. 1912 showing a view of Bridge Street East, Belleville, with the Armouries, City Hall, and Post Office.  The Armoury building was a major enlistment centre for volunteers. [2]

Postcard ca. 1912 showing a view of Bridge Street East, Belleville, with the Armouries, City Hall, and Post Office. The Armoury building was a major enlistment centre for volunteers.