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100 Years Ago: Edward Givens Stapley Wounded, Public Requested to End Sunday Motoring, Poster Against Reckless Spending, Lieut. E. R. Howard Wounded, Thomas Rosevear Wounded, Edward Bryant Wounded, Soldiers Coming to Armouries, No Quorum for Sailors’ Fund

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Cheerful in Spite Of Severe Wounds. Mrs. R. Stapley of this city, has received the following letter from Corp. J. D. Gordon, in regard to her soldier son, who was wounded on August 19 while taking part in the great allied offensive in France:

Dear Mrs. Stapley:—I have the sorrow to advise you that your son E. G. Stapley was wounded on the 10th of August. He got a slight wound in his side, but he will be all right, as it was a nice ‘Blighty.’ He was laughing when we put him in the ambulance and he asked me to write you as I was the Section Commander. I felt sorry for him, but now I call him one of the lucky ones. I hope he will soon be better, and be back in Canada with you soon. He stood up to the attack like a hero. I was glad to see him do so well. Yours respectfully, Corp. J. D. Gordon.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Public Requested to Discontinue Sunday Motoring For Pleasure. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. The promised request of the Dominion Fuel Controller regarding the conservation of gasoline, coupled with the intimation that non-compliance would probably result in a drastic order, was issued here this morning. The public is requested to discontinue the use on Sunday of motor-driven traffic with the exception of tractors, etc., actually transporting freight, physicians and funeral vehicles and others on errands of absolute necessity; also to stop using gasoline for washing and avoid spilling gasoline or permitting leaks.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 4)

Poster against reckless spending

“ ‘Make me a Kite—’ Hardly Excusable Even in a Child. If a child were to enter one of our aeroplane factories and interrupt a workman with a request to have a kite made—the workman would smile indulgently—and proceed with his aeroplane.

Condemn yourself, then, if you employ labor and material to make such goods as cater only to your self indulgence.

Every time you buy a thing you do not need, you interfere with Canada’s war work.

Too many of us, in Canada, are flying the ‘luxury kite.’ Too much of the time of Canadian workmen is being purchased by us to make the things that are for show and pleasure.

Stop the reckless spending. Stop acting like children. This war we are fighting calls for men and the brains of men. If you cannot fight—at least do not interrupt the war-work by buying the things you merely want and do not need.

Published under the authority of the Minister of Finance of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. Howard Wounded. Lieut. E. R. Howard, a fireman on the G.T.R., who enlisted in September, 1915, in the 80th Battalion, is reported in hospital with severe gunshot wound in his forehead. His wife, Mrs. Nellie Mabel Howard, resides in Brockville. Lieut. Howard enlisted as a private, rose to the rank of battalion sergeant-Major before proceeding overseas and won his commission in the field of battle.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Wounded in Wrist. From the Director of Records Mrs. Mary Ann Rosevear, Canifton, received the following message: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 637170 Pte. Thomas Rosevear, infantry, officially reported admitted 22 General Hospital, Camiers, Aug. 27, 1918, gunshot wound in wrist.’ Pte. Rosevear, whose home is in Canifton, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Three Times Wounded. Mr. Frank Bryant, residing at 27 Brock Street, city, yesterday received the following telegram from the Director of Records: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 213114 Pte. Edward Bryant, machine gun service, officially reported admitted to hospital, Chester, Sept. 4th, gunshot wound in left shoulder.’

Private Bryant enlisted and went overseas with the 8th Mounted Rifles of Kingston, in October, 1915. This is the third time he has been wounded since being on active service.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Soldiers Coming. It is reported that a number of the soldiers now stationed at Kingston will be transferred to Belleville about the 15th of this month, and quartered in the Armouries, where accommodation has been provided for between two and three hundred soldiers.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“The Sailors’ Fund. Lieut. Carnegie, organizer for Ontario for the Navy League of Canada, made a special trip from Toronto yesterday to address the Belleville City Council in behalf of a grant to the Sailors’ Fund. There being no quorum and consequently no meeting of the City Council last evening, Lieut. Carnegie was obliged to return to Toronto without having accomplished his object, and naturally was very much disappointed that his journey had been in vain.

The Sailors’ Fund was augmented to-day by a check for one hundred dollars from Mr. R. J. Graham, which brings the cash already paid in to $1300. A number of subscriptions are still unpaid and the acting treasurer, Mr. Alexander Ray, will keep the list open for a few days to give everyone desirous of so doing an opportunity to contribute to the worthy fund.”



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100 Years Ago: Sugar Limit Urged on Householders, Canadian Casualties, Reuben Cooper Doing Well, Leo Doyle Safe, Charles Brooks Wounded, Collection for Sailors, In Memoriam of John Caddick, William C. Smith Wounded, Private Keegan Paid Ultimate Price, Sergt. H. D. Willerton Wounded, Women’s Home League to Meet, Sergt. William Black Wounded

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)
“Two Pounds Sugar Monthly Apiece. Ottawa. The Canada Food Board in a statement at the week-end places definitely upon householders responsibility for limiting domestic consumption of sugar so as to insure a sufficient supply for preserving. The board urges that a family of two should not use more than an aggregate of one-quarter of a level cupful of sugar per day for cooking, table and all other purposes except preserving, and for other families consumption should be limited to two pounds per person per month.

‘There will not be sufficient sugar if it is consumed in other ways in the homes to the same extent as in former years, or if people eat up in the homes sugar which has been saved by regulation of manufacturers,’ the statement says.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)

“Casualties Among Canadian Troops. Killed. Coe Hill—C. E. Kelsh; Madoc—W. A. Glover; Marmora—F. B. Loveless; Deseronto—E. Sharp.

Wounded. Belleville—H. F. Fox; W. J. Black; C. H. McWilliams; H. F. O’Neil; Maynooth—A. Kelly; Point Ann—W. Keech; Bancroft—A. Siddons; R. D. Currie; E. G. Vardy; Deseronto—C. Hodgkisson; Marlbank—M. M. Dafoe; Cannifton—T. Rosevear.

[Note: Private Charles Nelson Kelsh died on August 25, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 440 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Sergeant Winfred Alexander Glover died on August 26, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 415 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Corporal Floyd Bertrand Loveless died on August 26, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 451 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Ernest Sharpe died on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 499 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)

“Doing Well. Mr. L. B. Cooper of this city, on Saturday received a cable from his son, Lieut. Reuben Cooper, which stated that he was in a hospital in England and was doing well. Lieut. Cooper was wounded on August 31st.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)

“Pte. Leo Doyle Safe. Mrs. Elizabeth Doyle, residing at 156 Front street, city, was to-day in receipt of the following from the Director of Records at Ottawa: ‘Cable received from England states Pte. Patrick Leo Doyle, infantry, previously reported missing, believed wounded officially reported safe with unit.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)

Charles M. Brooke“Lieut. Brooks Wounded. A telegram received this morning from the Director of Records at Ottawa, conveyed the intelligence that Sergt. Charles Brooks of this city, had been slightly wounded. Lieut. Brooks enlisted and went overseas with the 80th Battalion of this city, and previous to enlistment was in the employ of the Hydro Electric Commission of Ontario. His parents are residents of the city.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 1)

“For the Sailors. The collection in Belleville for the Sailors Fund will amount to about $2,000. One thousand dollars is already paid in and deposited in a special trust fund in the bank by the acting treasurer, Mr. Alexander Ray. The Boy Scouts have worked hard early and late and deserve great credit for their patriotic devotion. Mr. Ray has also given the campaign a great deal of his time and indeed it was due to his efforts that there was a campaign at all.

As the boys are now busy with their school tasks they will be unable to make any further collections and those who have subscribed and not paid can leave their subscriptions at the office of Mr. Alexander Ray, Front street.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 3)

“In Memoriam. In loving memory of the late Pte. John Caddick, who was killed in action in France, Sept. 9th, 1916:

When alone in my sorrow and the bitter tears flow. / There stealeth a dream of the sweet long ago. / Unknown to the world he stands at my side. / Whispers my loved ones, death cannot divide.

Wife and children.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Wm. C. Smith Wounded. Mrs. Wm. C. Smith, of 27 Earle Street, has received a telegram informing her that her husband has been officially reported admitted to 2 Australian General Hospital, St. Mereux, with gunshot wound in left leg. Pte. Smith formerly worked with Marsh & Henthorne, leaving with the 59th Battalion three years ago. He was an active member of the Salvation Army and played for some time in the local S. A. band.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Keegan Paid the Price. Private James Keegan, whose death from wounds was mentioned in The Intelligencer on Saturday, was well and favorably known in this city. Some days ago a message was received that he had been severely wounded and gassed and on Saturday the sad message was received, announcing his death.

‘Jimmy,’ as he was best known, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion of this city. His record of service in France was of the highest. He was wounded and as a tribute to his bravery he was awarded the Military Medal, but as was characteristic of him, he did not tell of this honor and the first intimation came with the arrival here of the medal from the military authorities. He had been all through the heaviest engagements during the past two years and was in the present big offensive. He died on August 29th.

In addition to his wife and parents three brothers, Fred, Frank and George and one sister, Mrs. J. McGuire, survive. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.

[Note: Private Thomas James Keegan died on August 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 439 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Sergt. Willerton Wounded. Sergt. H. D. Willerton was wounded on August 31, an official telegram to that effect reaching his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. D. Willerton, 115 North Front street yesterday. The telegram stated that Sergt. Willerton was gassed and is suffering from gunshot wounds in the face. He left here with the 155th Battalion, and this is the second time he has been wounded. His many friends trust that he will have a speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Home League Meeting. The Women’s Home League of the Salvation Army will at their meeting this afternoon at 3 o’clock, make arrangements for shipping parcels to the boys overseas. All women interested are invited to attend. Adjt. Trickey will read two interesting letters sent by Bandsman W. C. Smith, (just reported wounded) telling of the remarkable work of the Canadians and how they bag prisoners and handle the big tank in their drive.”

The Intelligencer September 9, 1918 (page 5)

“Sergt. Black Wounded. Mr. John Black, 20 Hillsdale Street, Belleville, has received a telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa that Sergt. Wm. Black, artillery, was admitted to No. 3 Australian General Hospital, Abbeville, on August 13, suffering from a gunshot wound in the right leg.

Sergt. Black was a resident of Belleville and went overseas with the 34th Battery. As he had had previous military experience he was kept in England as an instructor until last November, when he was transferred to France where he acted as instructor at the base until February when he was sent to the front. He served four years in the United States navy upon the battleship Vicksburg and had interesting experiences in connection with revolutions in Central America, and service elsewhere. He is an uncle of Howard Black, reported wounded several days ago.”

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100 Years Ago: Regulations for Artificial Limbs, Poster for Thrift, Sailors’ Week Collection, Coal Delivered Without Card, Harry Renfrew Wounded, Hugh Francis O’Neil Wounded, James Keegan Killed in Action, False Rumour of Soldier Killed, Last Day of Sailors’ Week, Lieut. Roger Porter Missing, Lieut. Roger Porter Killed in Action, Soldiers to Play Rugby

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 2)

“Prohibit Exchange of Artificial Limbs. In order to protect returned soldiers who are amputation cases from the competitive attention of the representatives of private manufacturers of artificial limbs, it has been found necessary to pass an order-in-council enforcing strict regulations in the matter of the supply of artificial limbs to such returned men as require them.

It has also been found necessary to attach a strict penalty to any misrepresentations or false statements made by any parties in connection with appliances manufactured and issued by the Government. …

Every returned Canadian soldier, who is an amputation case, is not only provided by the Government with such artificial limb as he may require, but is entitled to have such a limb repaired and, if necessary, replaced during his life-time. …

The order-in-council in question enacts that every artificial limb and appliance manufactured or issued by the Department of Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment shall be stamped with the words ‘Issued by the Government of Canada.’ …  It is also provided that no person to whom an artificial limb or appliance is issued by the Department shall transfer, exchange or otherwise relinquish such limb except with a written consent of the Minister of Soldiers’ Civil Re-establishment. Any person other than the one to whom such limb or appliance has been issued, who has possession of one or who makes any alteration to it without the consent of the Minister is also punishable.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for thrift

“Build up the Mighty National Force. The people of the Allied nations must make great sacrifices and tremendous efforts in order to defeat the enemies of freedom, but because they are free peoples it is left largely to the individual to say what or how much self-denial each will practice.

The national need says you must save, but free Canada leaves it to you to say by what means and to what extent you will save.

Now, it is for you, each of us, everyone of us, to say how much patriotic endeavor, how much loyal sacrifice we will make by saving our money, by ‘doing without’ so that each day will see a surplus to add to our own and the nation’s strength. No matter how small the surplus it is important because each saving is an effort made, and many small individual efforts make the mighty national force.

Published under the Authority of The Minister of Finance of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 3)

“$1,500 in Sight. The boys of the Naval Brigade are busy to-day finishing up their Sailors’ Week Collections for the fund being raised by the Naval League of Canada for the widows and orphans of sailors who have fallen victims to the German submarine campaign. Local contributions are expected to reach at least $1,500.

Up to this morning $800 in cash had been paid in to the acting treasurer, Mr. Alexander Ray, who will continue to accept contributions at his place of business, Front street, this evening and Monday. At the request of Toronto headquarters of the Navy League Mr. Ray will look after the collections here. A list of contributors of $25 and upwards will be published.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Delivered Coal Without Card. Mr. Thos. Wills, Fuel Controller of this city, is in receipt of the following communication from Mr. C. A. Magrath of Ottawa, Dominion Fuel Controller: ‘I wish to thank you for your letter of the 31st ulto regarding the action of a Belleville coal company charging $12.50 per ton for coal and delivering same without the required card. I have written the company referred to  and am awaiting their reply.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Three in the Firing Line. Sergt. Harry Renfrew, who lives at Monteagle Valley, received word on July 16 that his son Walter, in charge of a machine gun, had been wounded in the side of the head by a piece of shell. His comrade was crushed to pieces. He went into a hospital and was back on the firing line again in a short time. He was wounded again on August 19th, this time in the chest but is getting along well. He is in the 3rd battalion with his oldest brother Willie, and he has another brother in the 21st battalion.—Bancroft Times.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. O’Neil Wounded. Mrs. Margaret O’Neil residing at 73 Lewis street, received the following telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa, which refers to her son: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 1093114 Private Hugh Francis O’Neil, infantry, officially reported admitted to 22 General Hospital, Camiers, on August 27th, gunshot wound left arm.

Pte. O’Neil left Belleville with the 254th Battalion, and this is the second time he had been wounded, the first time being a scalp wound. Another brother is also in the firing line. The many friends of Frank in this city will hope his wounds are not of a serious nature.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Keegan Killed. Word was received in the city to-day that Pte. James Keegan had been killed in action. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Keegan, 11 Brock Street. Pte. Keegan’s wife lives at Toronto. He was a young man with many friends who regret his death.”

[Note: Private Thomas James Keegan died on August 29, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 439 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“False Rumor. There was a rumor current on the streets at noon to-day that Pte. W. E. Clarke, son of Mr. and Mrs. E. Clarke, residing on Cedar Street, had paid the supreme sacrifice, but upon investigation it was proved that the rumor was untrue and started through a misunderstanding.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“For the Widows and Orphans. This is the last day of Sailors’ Week and the fund for the widows and orphans is still far below what it should be. Contributions can be left at the office of Mr. Alexander Ray, Front street, this evening for this worthy object. It is a privilege to help the families of the heroes who have died serving Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. Porter Missing. Mr. E. G. Porter, K.C., M.P., of this city, was this morning in receipt of a message from the Director of Records at Ottawa, which conveyed the sad intelligence that his son, Lieut. Roger Porter had been missing since August 30th.

Lieut. Porter after completing a military course and qualifying as a Lieutenant, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from here. After being in England for a time he was attached to the machine gun section of the 2nd Battalion and had been on active service at the front for some time. He is the only child of Mr. and Mrs. Porter and citizens generally will join with The Intelligencer in hoping that better news will soon be received in reference to the brave young officer.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 5)

Roger Porter

“Lieut. Roger Porter Was Killed In Action Somewhere in France. Following quickly the news that Lieut. Roger Porter, on active duty in France with a machine gun unit, was missing came the dread message that the gallant young officer was dead. Saturday the parents received word that their soldier son was missing, and on Sunday came the cablegram apprising them of his death, killed in action.

Deep sympathy is felt for the parents, Mr. E. Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., and Mrs. Porter, in their sad affliction. Roger was an only son, born in Belleville, and a favorite with everybody by reason of his bright and cheerful nature, his manly character and kindly courtesy to all. When war was declared Roger Porter, although yet in his teens, was determined to serve his King and country but on account of his youth was not accepted. He persevered in his intention, however, and finally accomplished his desire.

Sunday’s cable message was confirmed by a telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa, this morning.

School Days. Lieut. Porter, who was only 20 years of age, was born in Belleville. After graduating from the public schools he entered the High School in the city, and while a pupil there made a splendid record. Afterwards he went to Upper Canada College, where he became imbued with the military spirit and desired to enlist for oversea service, but his youth prevented him from doing so. Two years ago, however, he achieved his long expressed desire, and enlisted with the 155th Battalion, which was recruited in this city and vicinity, and took a course at Kingston, qualifying as lieutenant.

On October 19th, 1916, he left Belleville with the 155th Battalion for overseas service. After being in England for some time he went into active service, being attached to the machine gun section of the 2nd Canadian Battalion with which battalion he was serving when he made the supreme sacrifice for his king and country.

Lieut. Porter was possessed of a personality which made him many friends while attending school and college, and the news of his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends.

During the month of May, 1917, Lieut. Porter was married to a young lady in England, who with a young son survives. The Intelligencer unites with all citizens in extending to the bereaved relatives the sincerest sympathy in this their hour of sore affliction.

His Military Career. …  When his battalion was disbanded in England in 1916, he, with another pal officer from his regiment, at once set about to get to France as soon as possible. This was prevented by some of his senior officers, although he had sought the assistance of persons high in command to attain this end. He was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps, on account of his youth, much against his wishes as it was a non-combatant force. From this unit, very shortly after, he secured his own transfer to the Machine Gun Corps, which was then called the ‘Suicide Club.’ He became a very efficient machine gunner, and was an expert rifle and revolver shot.

Lieut. Porter took a deep interest in his work, was exceptionally apt in learning, and had unusual initiative with all kinds of nerve and undoubtedly gave a good account of himself before making the supreme sacrifice.”

[Note: Lieutenant Roger Morrow Porter died on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 486 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 7, 1918 (page 6)

“Soldiers Will Play Rugby. With practically all the old Rugby players overseas, it is necessary to keep the younger boys interested in the grand old autumn game. Prior to the outbreak of war the Ontario Rugby Football Union formed a junior section, made up of two series, as follows:

  1. To consist only of inter-scholastic teams. Only bonafide students shall be eligible to play in this series, with the addition of one master, provided he has never played senior football. No age limit is in force in this series.
  2. To consist of all other teams, with an age limit of 21 years. This is made up of city and town teams. …

In addition to the junior series, intermediate and senior series were also in force. The latter was abandoned, however, after war broke out, as was also the intermediate. …  The question of the formation of a series or section for military teams has been discussed, and if this is possible the O.R.F.U. will make every effort to form such a section. There are many Rugby players in the ranks of the soldiers, and there should be no trouble in getting things in working order. In the fall sport is at a standstill, except for Rugby, and with the majority of the players overseas it remains for those at home to keep the sport alive. A meeting of the O.R.F.U. will be called shortly to get things in working order for 1918.”


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100 Years Ago: Appeal for Four Gasless Sundays, Merchant Marine Prisoners of War, Poster for Sailors’ Week, City Hall Rooms Offered for Mobilization, Claude Harcourt McWilliams Wounded, Harry Smith Wounded, William John Howard Black Wounded, In Memoriam to Harold Prest, Knights of Columbus to Raise $5,000 for Army Huts

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Gasless Sunday For Canada. An appeal to Canadian motorists has come from the automobile club of Canada to observe the next four Sundays as ‘gasless.’ This of course is a patriotic appeal and not as in the States a direct request from the Fuel Controller to conserve gasoline.

The Ontario Motor League, which is affiliated with the Automobile Club of Canada, when questioned on the matter, said there would be no doubt at all, about the members of the league being willing to adhere to such a request. …  The appeal from the Automobile Club of Canada will be sent throughout the length and breadth of the Dominion.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 4)

“Sailors Starving to Death. For more than a year there were 4,000 sailors of the Merchant Marine prisoners-of-war in Germany and no one knew that they were there. They were peaceful sailors following a peaceful occupation. They were taken prisoners and the knowledge of their capture kept from the Allied nations. Upon them has been heaped every indignity. As members of an unofficial service there has been no Government aid; they have not received the usual prisoners’ pocket money to help eke out a miserable existence.

When their plight was discovered, they were starving to death. Today the Navy League is sending them food and paying them the same grant given to sailors of the Navy. But for this they would have succumbed to the ill-treatment and privation. There are many Canadian sailors among them.

Their lot is almost as pitiable as that of the dependents and the families of those Merchant sailors who have died during the war. Will you help these dependents to get enough to eat and to clothe themselves? ‘Sailors’ Week’ is a Dominion-wide campaign to help Canadian seamen and their dependents, and is held from the 1st to 7th of September. Remember the date and give generously. Ontario is asked to contribute $1,000,000. Ontario has never failed.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Sailors' Week

“15,000 Have Made Their Last Voyage. Help the Dependents of the Victims of the Subs.

We can help. It is our privilege to contribute to the support of the dependents of the victims of the submarine warfare. Ontario’s objective is to contribute one million dollars. Ontario has never failed! Give! Give liberally!

Remember by Giving! This Is Sailors’ Week September 1st to 7th Inclusive. The Navy League of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 5)

“Rooms in City Hall For Military Use. A special meeting of the City Council was held last evening, the object of which was to consider the proposition of granting the use of the City Hall to the military authorities to be used by clerks for clerical work in connection with the mobilization of troops here during the coming winter. It was decided to accede to the request and also allow the ante room adjoining the hall used by the Cheese Board to be used for the same purpose.

The members present at the meeting were Mayor Platt, Aldermen Whelan, Curry, Hagerman, Donohue, St. Charles, Treverton and Robinson. Mayor Platt stated the object of calling a special meeting of the Council, namely to provide a suitable building for the placing of 50 or 60 clerks in connection with the mobilization of militia in this city. He considered that the City Hall was a suitable place for having the offices located. He had endeavored to secure a portion of the Y.M.C.A., but it was not obtainable. If a suitable place was not secured here the mobilization might not take place in Belleville.

Ald. Whelan thought that some other building than the City Hall might be secured. There were rooms available in the old Dominion Hotel premises, also rooms in the Robertson Block.

Ald. St. Charles—it means some 800 soldiers in the city for the winter which will mean much for the city.

Ald. Robinson moved, seconded by Ald. Curry that the Militia Department be granted the use of the City Hall and Cheese Board room for the winter of 1918 and 1919 free of charge to be used for clerical work. The Militia department to leave the premises in the same condition as when they take possession of it. …  The motion of Ald. Robinson was adopted.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. McWilliams Wounded. Mr. Norman McWilliams, residing at 284 William street, this city, was in receipt of the following telegram:—’Sincerely regret to inform you 636390 Pte. Claude Harcourt McWilliams, infantry, officially reported admitted to 26 General Hospital, Etaples, August 28th, gunshot wound left leg.—Director of Records.’

Pte. McWilliams left here as a signaller in the 155th battalion. Previously to enlistment he was an employee of Messrs. Wallbridge & Clarke at their Bridge street store.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Smith Gassed. Mrs. Denis Mondville, Pinnacle street, city, has received the following official telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you (636861) Pte. Harry Smith, Mounted Rifles, is officially reported admitted to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, August 29, gassed and concussion.’ Pte. Smith is a son of Mrs. Mondville, and left with the 155th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Dangerously Wounded. Mr. Richard Black, residing at 24 Hillside street, this city, was to-day in receipt of the following sad message from Ottawa: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 636710 Pte. William John Howard Black, infantry, officially reported dangerously wounded, 33 Casualty Clearing Station, Sept. 1st, gunshot wound in head. Director of Records.’

Pte. Black tried to enlist with the 155th Battalion of this city, but was turned down, being only 16 years old. He then joined a special class at Lindsay, being bugler of the guards at the Arsenal. From thence he was transferred to the 252nd Battalion, which left here about the same time as the 254th Battalion. The news is especially sad as to-day is his 19th birthday. The many friends of the brave young soldier in Belleville will hope that the wounds will not prove of a fatal nature.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. PREST—In loving memory of Private Harold Prest, dearly beloved husband of Rosie Prest, of the 59th Battalion, Belleville, who died of wounds, Sept. 16th, 1917.

In the still and quiet hours of the night / When sleep forsakes my eyes, / My thoughts are far away in France, / Where my dear husband lies.—Deeply mourned by wife and daughter.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Knights of Columbus To Make Drive. A most enthusiastic gathering of the Belleville Knights of Columbus was held last night at their Club Rooms, Robinson Block, Front St. The purpose was the organization of a central committee to manage this district’s share of the nation wide drive to obtain $500,000 for the Canadian Army Huts. Belleville District has placed $5,000 as its objective, and it is confidently expected that this will be reached and far surpassed.

While the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal organization is conducting the campaign, it is simply acting as a trustee and agency, assisting in the administration of the Army Huts, which are under direction of the Military Chaplain service and regularly recognized by Government authority. The huts are non-sectarian and the slogan ‘All Soldiers Welcome’ is fully lived up to always.

The Army Huts have been established for more than a year, but until the present time it was not necessary to appeal to the general public. Now, however, the work is becoming too expensive, and the appeal must be made in order to keep this vitally necessary work alive.

During the past year the Canadian Army Huts have supplied the needs of thousands of our brave boys in training in Canada, in training in England and on the firing line in France, where the portable huts are moved right up under the guns, and do this without charge of any kind. Stationery, reading matter and refreshments are supplied to all soldiers. There are no sales whatever, and no one connected with the administration of the Army Huts receives a cent of remuneration.”




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100 Years Ago: Card of Thanks from McCabe Family, Letter from William Dorland McLean Shorey, Red Cross Penny Bag Collection, Poster for Sailors’ Week, Private Benjamin Charles Bunton Doing Well, Lieut. Reuben Cooper Wounded, Naval Brigade Boys Accept Donations, Sailors’ Fund, Letter of Sympathy for Charles White’s Mother

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Card of Thanks. Mr. and Mrs. T. F. McCabe and family wish to extend their sincere thanks to all who so kindly sympathized with them in the loss of their son and brother, killed in action on August 8th.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Letter from Overseas. From W. D. M. Shorey. Seaford, Sussex, Eng., Aug. 18. Dear Mr. Bowell,—I have been in England four weeks tomorrow and although we are still in quarantine, I like it fine and am putting on some weight. …  One thing that struck me the day we landed was the reception the people gave us as our troop train passed along. For more than an hour we ran through the suburbs of London and the people rushed out of their homes and waved and cheered, and as we went through one railway centre where the yard was full of engines the whistle on every engine was blown. Quite a difference to the lack of enthusiasm of the people at home, or perhaps I should say lack of demonstration.

The harvest, a beautiful one, is being gathered by old men and the women and we saw girls dressed in overalls working in factories. My observations of course are those gleaned from our train trips, for we have been in quarantine since our arrival, but we saw few men. …

The coal problem promises to be an acute one here this year though I believe the food situation is better. They feed the soldiers well, but of course there are many things to which the boys have become accustomed as everyday necessities at home that are not to be had here. But one would never appreciate the fact that there is a shortage of foodstuffs here by staying in Canada. You have to come over here to realize it. …  Remember me to Phil. Harrison and the boys, and with kind regards to Mrs. Bowell and yourself. Sincerely, W. D. M. Shorey.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Red Cross Penny Bag Collection. The penny bag collection for August, while not quite reaching our average monthly collection, was very good in view of the fact that so many of our citizens are away, it being ten dollars in advance of the August collection for 1917.

We hope, though, that those who have been enjoying holidays will on their return double up their usual giving and so help us to make good this month’s deficit. Let us not grow weary in well doing, for the money is badly needed for our soldiers and any sacrifice entailed by our giving is very small in comparison to the sacrifices they have made and are making for us. Ketcheson ward stands first this month, and both Murney and Coleman wards show an increase over last month.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Sailors' Week

“Remember the Lusitania. Give Today. Can you ever forget the stark horror when the newspapers spread the word that on May 7th, 1915, the unspeakable Germans had sunk the Lusitania, murdering women, children, and non-combatants? The horror is very fresh in the minds of the widows and orphans of the heroic crew. To their mental distress is added the torture of threatened poverty.

This is Sailors’ Week September 1st to 7th Inclusive. The Navy League of Canada. Ontario Division.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

Benjamin Bunton“Pte. Bunton Doing Well. Mr. B. C. Bunton, of 41 Pine street, was today in receipt of the following telegram from the Director of Records: Referring to your enquiry, a cable received from England states that 113117 Pte. B. C. Bunton, is doing well. Will be transferred to Northcott Park Convalescent Hospital.”

The Intel    ligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. R. Cooper Wounded. Mr. L. B. Cooper, residing on Moira street, yesterday received a message stating that his son, Lieut. Reuben Cooper, was wounded on August 31st. Lieut. Cooper was previously wounded on November 6th of last year but was soon able to return to the trenches. He left here with the 254th Battalion and has been in France almost a year. At present he is an officer in the 2nd Canadian Battalion. His many friends will hope that he is not seriously wounded.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Pay the Boys. The local branch of the Navy League of Canada has decided that it will be more convenient for contributors to the Sailors’ Fund to have the boys of the Naval Brigade take their subscriptions. Many have already paid the boys and those who have signed the slips but not paid as yet will be called upon again by the boys who will start out tomorrow after school to call upon contributors. Any who prefer to do so can leave subscriptions at the office of Mr. Alexander Ray, Front street.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“The Sailors’ Fund. The teams of Boy Scouts who were engaged in canvassing the city for subscriptions for the Merchant Marine fund did their work well, visiting every home in the city. From Mr. A. Ray, chairman of the Navy League of Belleville, it was learned that up to last evening about $1600 had been subscribed, $600 of which was in cash. This has been deposited in a local bank. One citizen gave a cheque for $200 and other subscriptions of a substantial nature are anticipated. The boy canvassers are still carrying on their work and when the end of the work is reached good results are expected. The City Council will be asked to make a grant to the worthy object.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 6)

“Sergt. Major White Was Killed Instantly. The following letter was received by Mrs. Ellen E. White, 78 Gordon St., city, from Lieut. A. W. Asseltine, in regard to the death of her husband, killed in action:

France, Aug. 13, 1918. My Dear Mrs. White,—It is with the deepest sympathy I take this opportunity of writing you re Charlie’s death, which occurred on the morning of August 8th. I was not with him at the time when he was killed, but I was informed by the officer who was with him that he was killed instantly by a rifle bullet. Charlie was acting Company Sergt.-Major at the time.

I feel more acquainted with him than any other officer of the company as he was in my platoon, No. 15, for a long time. I still have the picture of our group taken last year. Sergt. Bill Reid, whom he may have mentioned to you, who was also in our platoon, was killed on the following day. Charlie is greatly missed by us all, always a gentleman, and to me he spoke very often of his wife and kiddies whom he loved very much. As a soldier and N.C.O. in this company he had no equal. I feel sure that the hand of Him who took your beloved husband from you will also heal the wound that his loss has caused. Trusting that the children and yourself are in the best of health, I remain, Yours respectfully, A. W. Asseltine, Lieut.”


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100 Years Ago: Further Cut in Sugar Allowance, Canadian War Contingent Association Tag Day

The Intelligencer September 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Further Cut in Allowance. Something drastic in sugar regulations for those who have to dine out in restaurants and hotels is announced in a circular just issued by the Canada Food Board, and received by restaurants yesterday.

The circular says that no more than two pounds of sugar must be used for each 90 meals, and restaurants figure that this means one teaspoonful for each meal. If a man or woman now orders coffee and a cereal for breakfast, the person must make the one teaspoon do for both.”

The Intelligencer September 4, 1918 (page 5)

“Tag Day Result. In spite of the bad weather on Saturday the proceeds of the Belleville branch of the Canadian War Contingent Association tag day, were $530.00. As the C. W. C. A. has to depend entirely on donations as a source of revenue for overseas work, the above sum is most welcome for Christmas work, which is now on hand.”


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100 Years Ago: Memorial Day at Christ Church for Orange Order, Shortage of British Woollens, Poster for Sailors’ Week, William Thomas Miles Gassed

The Intelligencer September 3, 1918 (page 2)

“Memorial Meeting in Christ Church Commemorated Sacrifice of Members of Orange Order. In pursuant to the resolution unanimously adopted at the last annual meeting of the Loyal Orange Grand Lodge for Ontario East, that the first Sunday in September be commemorated as a memorial day in memory of brave brothers, who have made the supreme sacrifice, the day was observed in Belleville by the brethren of Benjamin Lodge No. 274 and Belleville Lodge No. 2519.

In the evening the members marched to Christ Church, where an impressive and appropriate service was held, conducted by the Rector, Rev. Bro. Rural Dean Swayne assisted by Rev. Bro. A. L. Geen. A large congregation was present.

Three members of the local lodges have given their lives for King and Country, namely Bro. W. H. Hudson, of Belleville Lodge and Bros. Privates Fred Cobourne and Ernest G. Brown, of Benjamin Lodge whose names were read out by the Record. Special prayers were said and the hymns were in keeping with the occasion. …

The members of the Orange Order have responded nobly to the call, 100,000 members having enlisted of whom 6,000 have made the supreme sacrifice. We are proud of this and other organizations. We cherish the memory of those who have made the supreme sacrifice.”

The Intelligencer September 3, 1918 (page 2)

“Shortage of Woolens Hits Canada Tailors. The tailors of Canada are going to be hard hit this season to obtain woolens to meet the demands of the custom tailoring trade, for the simple reason that the British mills are not producing the goods. The situation in the British woolens market is very grave and the Canadian requirements are going to be obtained with the greatest difficulty—if indeed at all—and at any price.

The shipping is very uncertain, marine insurance is greatly advanced, the war and freight rates have increased abnormally. At the mills the expert weavers and spinners have been unremittingly ‘combed’ for military service. Operations are practically being carried on by unskilled labor, and it is hard to make even a guess at what the ultimate issue will be unless conditions change.

It may yet be a case of being compelled to wear the plain grey standardized cloth that Great Britain is using herself. Just for the present Canadian people will have to be satisfied with just what there is to be had and will have to pay the maximum prices at that.”

The Intelligencer September 3, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Sailors' Week

“The Silent Heroes of the War. The men of the Merchant Marine—do you ever give them a thought? The whole submarine campaign is aimed to frighten this non-combatant force off the seas.

It would be a lasting disgrace to allow the widows and orphans of the noble 15,000 to suffer hardship, other than the loss of their dear ones. Those who died on the sea are calling to you now.

Remember by Giving. Ontario’s Objective – $1,000,000. Ontario Has Never Failed!

This is Sailors’ Week September 1st to 7th Inclusive. The Navy League of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 3, 1918 (page 5)

William Thomas Miles

“Pte. Miles Gassed. Mr. Archie Miles, residing on College Hill, is in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Ottawa, Aug. 30, 1918. Sincerely regret to inform you 636642 Pte. William Thos. Miles, mounted services, officially reported admitted to 14th Field Ambulance, August 25th, gassed. Director of Records.’

Pte. Miles left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, and had been for some time at the front.”

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100 Years Ago: Occupational Training to Help Soldiers, D. Herbert Gunter Killed in Action, Malcolm Stimers Killed in Action, Charles Henry Ranson Gassed

The Intelligencer August 31, 1918 (page 1)

“Occupational Training For Soldiers Benefit. Kingston. On Monday next Misses H. Meek, A. Sutherland, Sybil Hamilton, Marjorie Uglow and Ruby Driver leave for Toronto, where they will take a course in occupational training. The course, which is conducted by the Invalid Soldiers’ Commission, Vocational Branch, will last six weeks. … The work consists of weaving, brass work, bead weaving, wood carving, toy making and raffia.

It has been found that by engaging the attention of bed patients in this work the process of healing and recovery from disease is greatly accelerated. The young ladies are under medical direction. …

The work is along purely scientific lines, being psychological, and proves that our medical officers are in the forefront of the profession today. Soldiers as a class are not readers, and with the mind unoccupied their suffering would be accentuated.”

The Intelligencer August 31, 1918 (page 7)

“A Heavy Toll. D. Herbert Gunter, son of Mr. Chas. Gunter of Coe Hill, was killed in action on Aug. 9th. The war has exacted a heavy toll from the homes in and around Coe Hill.”

[Note: Private Daniel Herbert Gunter died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 420 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Made Supreme Sacrifice. Mrs. Wm. Lees of Bancroft, was officially notified on Wednesday last that her son, Malcolm Stimers, had been killed in action, August 5th. Malcolm went overseas with the 155th Battalion as a bugler, and had been in France for over two years. He was only about twenty years of age.”

[Note: Private Malcolm Lester Stimers died on August 6, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 507 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 31, 1918 (page 7)

“Local Boy Gassed. Mr. H. Ranson, Charles street, received official notification this morning that his son, C. H. Ranson, had been gassed during the recent heavy fighting in France. Harry was a popular member of the local Bell Telephone staff, and went from Belleville with the 155th Battalion as a signaller. The official message was as follows: ‘No. 304221 Sig. C. H. Ranson, infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 3 Stationary Hospital, Rouen, Aug. 17. Gassed.’ His many friends will wish him a speedy recovery.”

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100 Years Ago: Belleville Boy Scouts to Canvass for Sailors, Private Harry E. Taylor Killed in Action, Private James Keegan Gassed

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 3)

“Sailors’ Week In Belleville. Complete arrangements have been made to receive Belleville’s share of the million dollar Ontario objective toward the fund for the widows and orphans of the Sailors. Next week from Monday to Saturday will be Sailors’ Week and all through Ontario the boys in blue who ‘carry on’ at sea despite Hun undersea pirates and wind and weather will be the honored guests in everyone’s thought—a week during which it will be everybody’s privilege to ‘Dive Down Deep’ in the money pockets for the fund which is going to protect the dependents of the sailors from suffering and want.

The Clergymen of the country have been asked from the Ontario Naval League Headquarters to make a special appeal this coming Sunday.

Commencing Monday the Belleville Boy Scouts will make a general canvass of the city. In order to protect the boys from any mistakes they will not take any cash, but will be provided with subscription books in which subscribers will write the amounts and sign their names and addresses. The boys will also have membership slips for those who wish to help the local branch by becoming members. Those subscriptions and members fees will be collected later by the treasurer of the local branch.

WATCH FOR NAVAL BUTTON. Only boys of the Boys’ Naval Brigade will canvass for subscriptions and they will be identified by the Naval Button. …  It seems necessary from the public a kindly reception for these boys and there is no doubt but that many would prefer to give their subscriptions to these boys rather than to those who might be able to make a more eloquent verbal appeal. These boys are most anxious to do their bit in these historic times, and be able to look back, and tell how much they collected for the heroes of the deep, and their dependents to which all the money raised in this campaign will be devoted.

The teachers of these boys are requested by the Navy League to kindly excuse them from school for Tuesday and Wednesday of campaign week. There will be a Navy Tent at the Fair Ground Monday and Tuesday where subscriptions will be solicited.

Eighteen of the Belleville Boy Scouts have signed up for naval training on the lakes.”

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Private Taylor Killed. Private Harry E. Taylor of Trenton, was killed in action on August 9th, according to a telegram from the Director of Records. Pte. Taylor enlisted and went overseas with the 235th Battalion of this city.”

[Note: Private Harry Ehno Taylor died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 510 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Belleville Boy Gassed. Mrs. Ellen Keegan, residing at the corner of Brock and King streets, in this city was to-day in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 636375 Pte. Jas. Keegan, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to a Casualty Clearing Station, August 26th, gassed.—Director of Records. Pte. Keegan left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, under command of Lt.-Col. Adams.”

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100 Years Ago: Bombardier Ernie Moore Wins Military Medal, Women’s Home League Sale, Private Fred Benson Is Killed, Private Harold B. Vickers Wounded, Private Earl Newman Dale Is Killed, Private Leo Frank Orr Wounded

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Military Medal Won By Ernie Moore. Another young Belleville soldier has brought honor to the city, and won glory for himself by exceptional bravery on the field of battle, Bombardier Ernie Moore, who has been awarded the Military Medal. This young artillery man is a son of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Moore, 188 Charles Street, Belleville, and enlisted with the 33rd Battery 1916.

With characteristic modesty Bombardier Moore has kept his honors to himself not even informing his parents of his distinction. However, the news reached Belleville in a round-about way, through a letter from Gunner Cliff Tait to his mother, Mrs. R. J. Tait, of Oakville, in which he refers to Bombardier Moore as follows:

‘Ernie Moore has been decorated with the Military Medal for a wonderful bit of work in which all kinds of courage and devotion was required. During an advance Ernie kept a whole group of artillery (a large number of batteries or brigades) in communication with the infantry. His telephone lines were constantly under heavy hostile shell fire, yet, in spite of that he kept up and down the lines repairing the breaks and laying new lines as our infantry advanced.

These lines became very valuable when the enemy counter-attacked, for it enabled our artillery to place a barrage on their formations and so break up their attack. Needless to say this operation was very successful.

You must write to Bdr. E. G. Moore, No. 304165 and congratulate him. Also phone Stan and Hazel. I’m sure they will be glad to hear of Ernie’s work.”

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Sale of Work. The Women’s Home League of the Salvation Army held their semi-annual sale of work at the Citadel yesterday. The opening took place at 3 o’clock when Adjt. Trickey introduced Mrs. Major R. D. Ponton to those present who, after giving a short address, declared the sale open.

Mrs. R. W. Brown, who had charge of the arrangements, and Mrs. T. Taylor, treasurer, with their staff of workers, deserve credit for the splendid success of the undertaking. The several stalls looked very dainty and well filled with articles of every kind. The refreshment stalls were well patronized, as well as the curiosity stall and the Post Office. Over $400 was taken, clear of expenses for the soldiers, and will be forwarded in a few days through the efforts of the Salvation Army Home League, which now numbers seventy members.”

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Benson Killed. News has been received that Pte. Fred Benson, of Ivanhoe, has been killed in action. Fred went overseas three years ago last June and was about twelve months in the trenches.”

[Note: Private Fred Benson died on August 12, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 367 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Right Hand Wounded. Private Harold B. Vickers, who left here as a member of the 80th Battalion band, has been reported as wounded. Whilst no details have been received the message stated that the right hand was wounded. Pte. Vickers played a sliding trombone in the 80th band, when it was stationed in this city. He is the son of Mr. J. A. Vickers of Toronto, a former well known Bellevillian.”

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Made Supreme Sacrifice. Another brave Hamilton Highlander has made the supreme sacrifice for his country, in the person of Pte. Earl Newton Dale, whose next of kin, Mrs. Martha Dale, resides at Marlbank, Hastings county, Ont.

Pte. Dale enlisted at Hamilton in the 173rd Battalion, on April 7, 1916; and went overseas on Nov. 14 of the same year. He had been on the firing line for over a year before struck by a Hun bullet, and had taken part in some of the biggest battles in which the Canadians figured. Pte. Dale met his death in action during the recent heavy fighting about Picardy.

He was born in Canada, and had resided in Marlbank, Ont., practically all his life. During his eight months training in Hamilton he had made many friends and acquaintances, by whom he will be sincerely missed.”

[Note: Private Earl Newman Dale died on August 14, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 393 in the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Orr Wounded. Mr. James F. Orr residing at 7 Grove street, city, is in receipt of the following telegram which refers to his son, who enlisted with the 234th Battalion. ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 1027539 Pte. Leo Frank Orr, infantry, officially reported admitted to Fourth Casualty Clearing Station, Aug. 16, gun shot wound in knee.—Director of Records.”

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