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100 Years Ago: Red Cross at Work, Archie Cooke Fit

The Intelligencer September 8, 1914 (page 2)

“The Red Cross and Supply Committee of the Belleville Patriotic Association is now fairly well organized for work …  It is understood that there are a number in the city who are making comforts for the boys at Valcartier. …  A large box of helmet caps, health bands, wristlets and housewives, was sent to the Belleville boys on Saturday.”

[Note:  “housewives” were small sewing kits]

The Intelligencer September 8, 1914 (page 2)

Archie Cooke stands at the train station in Belleville ca. August 1914. [1]

Archie Cooke stands at the train station in Belleville ca. August 1914.

“Valcartier Camp, Sept. 4. Dear Mother: Yesterday was a moving day. Every one in camp, I think, had to move. All are now joined to the 43rd of Ottawa. This afternoon we were up before the doctor and were examined. To my great pleasure I was pronounced fit. Only about five out of the Belleville bunch were rejected. Am well and hope you are the same. We are to be inspected on Sunday. Archie Cooke. …  Note. — Archie, who is but 19, is now orderly sergeant.”

Archie Cooke, right, in training at Valcartier in 1914. [2]

Archie Cooke, right, in training at Valcartier in 1914.