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100 Years Ago: Poster for Conscription, Noise Planned for Victory Loan Campaign Launch, Poster for Military Service Act, Poster for Women to Buy Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer November 7, 1917 (page 1)

“Dangerous Waiting—Report To-day. From many parts of the country comes word that the number of men presenting themselves to the tribunals in connection with the Conscription Act are far less than should be the case. In other words, of the six hundred thousand young unmarried men who belong to the list from which the first draft of soldiers is to come, less than half have yet submitted themselves to the tribunals. Yet less than a week remains in which they must appear.

Evasion Not Possible. Those who are holding off in the hope of evading detection are making a foolish blunder. Sooner or later they are pretty sure to be caught. Everybody will be invited to give information as to evasions of the law. An anonymous card sent to headquarters will be sufficient clue for the military police; they will do the rest.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1917 (page 3)

“Hearing from Charlie. Everything that can make a noise is expected to do it on Monday next. The church bells will be rung, fire-bells and factory whistles will be turned loose so that the people of Belleville will be aware that the Victory Loan Campaign has been launched in Belleville.

Mr. Chas. Hannah will be in charge of this end of the publicity, and we expect to hear from Charlie.”

The Intelligencer November 7, 1917 (page 4)

“Immediate. Three Days More to Report for Service or Claim Exemption …  on or before November 10th, 1917. All that is needed immediately is for the report or claim to be made on the forms obtainable at any Post Office in Canada, and left with the Postmaster for transmission.

Go to Your Post Office Today!

The Intelligencer November 7, 1917 (page 7)

“Women of Canada, Make Your Money Fight for Your Boys. Canada’s women have been foremost in all good works in the war. In thousands of mother hearts are the wounds of the greatest sacrifice the war has demanded of our people. Their spirit of self-denial, their patience in suffering, have inspired Canada’s men to greater and still greater effort.

Canada’s Victory Bonds give you mothers, and wives, you sweethearts and sisters of Canada’s boys in the trenches the opportunity to fight shoulder to shoulder with them in France.

You can fight with your money when you put it into Victory Bonds just as truly as though you stood beside your boy with a rifle in hand.

So you women of Canada have an interest second to no other in the success of the Victory Loan.

Buy Victory Bonds with your savings. Urge your friends to buy. Use your organizations to influence everybody in your community to make Canada’s Victory Loan a real weapon for Victory in the war.

Canada’s Victory Loan Campaign will begin Next Monday, November 12.”

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100 Years Ago: Requests for Exemption, Harry McCrudden on Sick Furlough, Sapper Bunnett Wins Military Medal, Poster for Canada’s Victory Bonds, Young Knitter Helen Ruttan

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Many Ask for Exemption. Up to the hour of noon to-day 430 eligibles, who have passed the Military Medical Board, had made application at the Belleville Post Office for exemption papers. Only four have taken out active service papers.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Harry E. McCrudden has returned to Canada on sick furlough, and is expected to arrive in Belleville this afternoon on his way to visit his father, Mr. R. H. McCrudden, formerly of Belleville, now of Murray Canal.

Lieut. McCrudden has many friends in the city who will give him a warm welcome. He was formerly in the employ of the C.P.R. here, and was in his third year in arts at McGill College when he enlisted for overseas service, and left for the front in June, 1915, with a volunteer draft. He has had many exciting experiences in the firing line, was gassed, and repeatedly shaken out of dugouts by shell explosions.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Sapper Bunnett Won the M. M. In a letter to his sister of Oct. 11th, a Belleville boy tells how Carlos O. Bunnett, son of Mr. Ed. Bunnett of this city, won the Military Medal in France. Sapper C. O. Bunnett enlisted in the fall of 1914 with the 4th Field Company of Engineers at Regina and went overseas in the spring of 1915. Sapper Bunnett has been too modest to tell his family of the honor he won, and this extract from a letter is the first and only intimation they have had of it.

‘Carlos Bunnett was over to see me the other day and he looks finer than I’ve ever seen him. Bunnett won the Military Medal and when I saw the ribbon I asked him what stunt he’d been pulling off now. He only laughed and said they issued them with the rations. But I learned the truth from another fellow in his outfit.

He told me their section were caught in a pretty tight hole and suffered heavy casualties. Carlos and another chap were ‘put to sleep’ by a couple of big ‘crumps’ bursting near them, and when they came to they worked for several hours carrying out the men of their section who had been badly wounded. Guess it was pretty warm at the time, for there are very few of their old men left. It isn’t likely Carlos will ever mention it in his letters, and if he does, he will pass it off as ‘nothin’ much,’—but from all accounts he more than earned it.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 4)

“Are you doing your full share in winning the war?

Between you and your conscience the answer to that question must be made. No one but you can answer it. Every day you see the men who have done their share—you see the empty sleeve, the tucked up trouser leg—and the cheery smile.

In quiet sanitarium and hospital are those whom the furies of bursting shells and hellish drum fire, and the wearing hardships in miry trenches have shattered in nerve and broken in body. These men have sacrificed.

Buy Canada’s Victory Bonds and help fight the war to win lasting peace.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 7)

“Youthful Knitter. Helen Ruttan has received a letter from a soldier, Driver G. H. Rumney, in France telling her he has been one of the lucky ones to receive a pair of socks knitted by her and how they do appreciate such a gift.

Helen is only nine years old and has already knitted four pairs of socks for the soldiers and is still very busy knitting for them. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. Geo. Ruttan and a pupil of Queen Victoria school.”

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100 Years Ago: Hastings County Ready for Victory Loan, Poster for Military Service Act

The Intelligencer November 3, 1917 (page 3)

“Splendid Organization Formed to Spread the Advantages of Canada’s Great Victory Loan Before the People as an Investment and Patriotic Duty. Very few people have any idea of the magnitude of the work connected with Canada’s Victory Loan. For three weeks Mr. W. B. Deacon, the County Chairman, has been tireless in organizing and has succeeded in surrounding himself with an organization which is well nigh perfect.

It is not a question of Belleville in this matter. Every village and hamlet and farmhouse right back to Nipissing District will be organized and canvassed. Mr. Deacon and Mr. W. B. Evans have travelled the county from end to end and are handling the entire undertaking in a purely business-like manner.

Teams have been formed to cover the entire field, and these teams are composed of men who have made it their business to sell. They are men of weight in their localities, and better than all, they are giving their entire time to the placing of these bonds. They will do nothing else for the duration of the campaign. …

These men as well as the team members of Prince Edward County, Lennox and Addington, and Northumberland will hold a grand rally in Belleville on Wednesday next, Nov. 7th. …  Throughout the county there will be public meetings held on the evening of November 12th. …

While Belleville, being the county seat is the headquarters of the Victory Loan, the committee rooms on Campbell street are by no means local, but the radiating centre of activity. In this office at all times will be found Mr. L. R. Terwilligar, the county secretary, and Mr. Terwilligar will be pleased to have anyone call and have the loan explained. He is a very busy man now and glories in it.

The publicity committee expects the co-operation of every citizen of Belleville in boosting for the loan. Make Canada’s Victory Loan known to every man, woman and child in the county by talking, by placing advertising matter in windows, by displaying Victory Loan stickers, which can be secured at Headquarters, 10 Campbell St., on automobiles, in windows, etc., by lending space in their advertisements, and by boosting in every conceivable way for the success of Canada’s Victory Loan for 1917.”

The Intelligencer November 3, 1917 (page 11)

Poster for Military Service Act“November 10th. Last Day for Reporting for Service or Claiming Exemption. Issued by Military Service Council.”


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100 Years Ago: Ad for Cowan’s Active Service Chocolate, Deloro Red Cross Campaign Successful

The Intelligencer November 2, 1917 (page 5)

Ad for Cowan's chocolate“A strong concentrated Chocolate specially prepared in our factory for overseas forces. It is an ideal food for soldiers subject to the trials and privations of trench life.

Cowan’s Active Service Chocolate.”

The Intelligencer November 2, 1917 (page 5)

“A Successful Campaign. The Deloro campaign in aid of the British Red Cross appeal was closed with a bazaar in the hall at which the four competing teams made their final efforts to outdo each other and add a large sum to the general fund. They realized the sum of $2,229.31.”


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100 Years Ago: British Red Cross Fund Progress, William Michaud Suffers from Gas Shell, Poster for Military Service Act, Letter of Sympathy for Harold Prest’s Wife

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 2)

“The British Red Cross campaign workers report excellent progress towards the $12,000 objective set them. Up until noon today more than $6,000 had been subscribed, and not half the workers heard from.

A great many people have been found not at home. These people have been reported to the main committee and their names entered for future reference, as every home in Belleville must be heard from as to whether they will subscribe to this vitally necessary work or not. It will lighten the work of the committee if any who have been out, or overlooked during the day will call at the headquarters in the City Hall tonight and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Frederick, who will be on hand until 10 o’clock. Otherwise, they will be called upon in the course of the next few days by the workers.

The names of all contributors will be published in the press in the course of the next couple of weeks, and from the way in which the citizens are paying up, those who have not paid will be conspicuous by their absence from the lists.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Wm. Michaud, of Belleville, who went overseas with the 21st Battalion and has been twice wounded within the past three months, is a patient in an English military hospital suffering from the effects of a German gas shell.

His wife received the following official notification: Mrs. Emily Michaud, 12 Harriet St., Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that your husband, Private Wm. Michaud, engineers, officially reported admitted Norwich War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich, Oct. 23rd, 1917, gas shell. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 6)

Poster for Military Service Act“Obey the Law! Report at once for Service or Claim Exemption. Under the Military Service Act, all men in Class One are soldiers today, absent with leave and without pay. Failure to obey the law amounts to DESERTION and can be punished as such.

Class One includes bachelors and widowers without children (not otherwise excepted) who were 20 years old on the 13th October, 1917, and whose 34th birthday did not occur before January 1st, 1917.

Do It Today! Go To Your Post Office Today and ask for a form for reporting for service or for claiming exemption. Understand, it is a matter of LAW that all the men in Class One must report for service or claim exemption not later than November 10th, 1917. Issued by the Military Service Council.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Died Like a Soldier. Mrs. R. M. Prest, 78 Great St. James street, city, has received a letter from Major R. Vanderwater, commanding 2nd Canadian infantry Battalion of Eastern Ontario, expressing sympathy for the death of her husband, Pte. Harold Prest, killed in action.

Major Vanderwater states that Pte. Prest died like a soldier fighting for his King and Country in a noble cause, that during his connection with the 2nd Canadian Battalion he made many friends and by his steadfastness and courage won high commendation from his officers and respect from his comrades, and will be greatly missed by them.”

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100 Years Ago: City Hall Meeting for British Red Cross Fund, Poster for British Red Cross, King’s Sympathy for Charles Barnett’s Mother, Sugar Not Plentiful, Poster for British Red Cross, Ad for Canada Victory Bonds

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 1)

“Organization Complete for Tomorrow’s Big Drive for British Red Cross Fund. Tomorrow morning the campaign for the raising of $12,000 for the British Red Cross Fund will be in full swing, and from the enthusiasm shown at last night’s meeting in the City Hall no doubt can be entertained for the success of the drive.

The several speakers pointed out to the assembled workers the necessity of energetic effort if the ground was to be covered in one day, and the co-operation of the citizens generally was asked for in order to exceed the amount, which it is our obligation to give. Belleville has always responded nobly to the many calls of patriotism and humanity that have been made since the beginning of the war, and there is no doubt that this latest and most worthy call will be answered generously. …

Mr. H. B. Stock was elected chairman of the committee to arrange a statement and list alphabetically for publication. Below is a list of the various captains of teams. There are a great many workers whose names do not appear on these lists, but who nevertheless will be found in the harness tomorrow to make the 1917 Red Cross campaign the most successful giving that has yet been undertaken in Belleville.

Foster Ward—L. P. Hughes. Samson Ward—C. M. Stock. Ketcheson Ward—L. C. Allen. Baldwin Ward—W. N. Belair. Bleecker Ward No. 8—Aubrey Lott. Bleecker Ward No. 9—Geo. Madden. Coleman Ward—W. E. McCreary. Murney Ward—Ald. W. A. Woodley. College Hill—C. B. Scantlebury. Avondale—W. A. Woodley. Foster Ward—R. Blaind, Sr. Bleecker Ward—Jesse Barlow.

Let Every Citizen of Belleville Take the Same Interest in the Success of the Campaign Tomorrow As These Loyal Workers and $12,000 Will Be Passed Before Breakfast.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

Poster for British Red Cross“To-morrow is ‘OUR’ Day—To Give is ‘YOUR’ Duty. Our Glorious Wounded Expect Every Man To Do His Duty.

$12,000 for the British Red Cross! And we must get it.

Will Belleville Be Found Wanting? That is for you to say. Answer with your dollars.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

“The King’s Sympathy. Mrs. A. Barnett of 17 Emily St., whose husband died in England received the following message from England:—’The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and The Queen in your sorrow.’ Signed Derby, Secretary of State. Pte. Barnett left here with the 80th Battalion and died in England.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 2)

“Don’t Worry About Sugar. While there is a considerable supply of sugar in Belleville the article is by no means plentiful and grocers are curtailing the selling of it. In answer to an enquiry from a representative of The Intelligencer, several grocers stated they were unable to sell the product in 100 pound lots at the present time. It can, however, be procured in 5, 10 and 20 pound lots and the retail price is 10 cents per pound.

It is anticipated by many dealers that there will be plenty of sugar just as soon as the new crop is harvested, and it is confidently expected that there will be a drop in price. Belleville dealers are optimistic and claim there is no need for any panicky feeling in regard to the supply of sugar.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 4)

Poster for British Red Cross“Our Day, To-Morrow November 1st. Belleville’s Objective $12,000. Help & Give—Do it Now!

Give and heal! British Red Cross.”

The Intelligencer October 31, 1917 (page 6)

Ad for Canada Victory Bonds“Why We Raise Money by Selling Canada’s Victory Bonds.

Why does Canada sell Bonds to help finance this war? Because that is the least burdensome, most expeditious and fairest way of raising money. Canada now has only two ways of raising money for the war:—

First—by taxation. Second—by borrowing from her people.

It is your patriotic privilege to help Canada win the war by loaning her your money through the purchase of Canada’s Victory Bonds.”

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100 Years Ago: First Contingent May Get Furlough, Harry Alford to Be Invalided Home, Poster for Military Service, British Red Cross Meeting in City Hall Tonight

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 1)

“First Contingent May Come Back on Furlough. Ottawa. All Canadians who went overseas with the original First Division and who are still in France are to be brought back to Canada on furlough in a proposal now under consideration by the Government is found practicable by the military authorities.

The idea of the Government is that if adequate reinforcements can be provided and the change that might be necessitated in the ranks and among the officers of the battalions would not interfere with the military requirements and efficiency of the 1st Division as now constituted, the three thousand or more men who have survived the hardships and fighting from the first terrible conflict at Langemarck down through the sanguinary battles of Givenchy, Festubert and Sanctuary Wood to the Somme, Vimy Ridge and Lens, should be brought back to Canada in a body and given a well deserved rest.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Mr. Walter Alford has received a telegram from his son, Capt. Harry Alford, that he has arrived in Montreal from England. Capt. Alford is being invalided home on account of the frequent relapses of Malaria fever, which he contracted while on active service one year in the Dardanelles region. During the last year in England the dampness of the climate was the cause apparently of many recurrences of the disease.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 3)

Poster for military service“The National Interest. In their enthusiasm to serve Canada, a number of men in Class One—bachelors and widowers without children (not otherwise excepted) who were 20 years old on the 13th October, 1917, and whose 34th birthday did not occur before January 1st, 1917—will desire to report for service, when in fact it is in the national interest that such men should continue in their habitual occupations.

The purpose of the Military Service Act is to select the authorized 100,000 reinforcements in such a way that the industries essential in the national interest will not be handicapped unnecessarily.

Issued by The Military Service Council.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 6)

“Everyone Should Attend British Red Cross Mass Meeting in City Hall Tonight. A largely attended meeting is looked for to-night at the City Hall, when all those interested in the work of the British Red Cross are expected to be on hand to cheer along the workers who are organized for the big drive for $12,000 to be collected on Thursday.

Many prominent speakers have signified their intentions of being there and giving short addresses upon the necessity of subscribing to this glorious Fund. The aims and objects of the Fund will be explained to any who are not acquainted with the absolute necessity of the British Red Cross. Without this organization thousands of our own boys would be left to the most horrible of deaths, and sufferings which are worse than a thousand deaths.

Without the assistance of these voluntary contributions the British Red Cross would cease to exist. So, surely, no sane citizen of this community can help but realize the duty that faces him on Thursday, Nov. 1st, and it is to be hoped there will be none who will shirk this duty.

The British Red Cross is the only institution to which our own Belleville boys can look to for aid in their sufferings. The British Red Cross has taken care of hundreds of our brave Belleville boys since the outbreak of the war, and it is up to us as citizens of Belleville to assist with the up-keep of this noble organization. The British Red Cross work now costs $16,000,000 per year. Your contribution must be part of this huge sum. How much will it be?

Let all good citizens of Belleville come to the City Hall tonight, and show by their presence that they are with the British Red Cross heart and hand, and pocket-book, which is more substantial.”


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100 Years Ago: Praise for Nursing Sister Hambly, Ad for Canada Victory Bonds, New Rules for Sending Parcels

The Intelligencer October 29, 1917 (page 2)

“Tribute of Praise For Nursing Sister. A medical officer in Ottawa, who has recently returned from active military medical duty overseas, pays an enthusiastic tribute to Nursing Sister Hambly of Belleville, who was recently singled out for royal honors in recognition of her very valuable services as a military nurse. The medical officer in question writes as follows:

‘It was with great pleasure we learned of the honor of the Royal Red Cross having been given Nursing Sister Hambly of Belleville. Great credit is due Sister Hambly for her loyal work while in France, especially during the frequent heavy rushes.

Several reports have been given for her ability in emergency work and untiring attention, for ‘The Boys’ while acting as night matron for the past year at the Duchess of Connaught’s Hospital, Taplow, England. Being the daughter of Col. P. H. Hambly, so well known in military life, and who has served his country in time of need before this, it is not surprising that this Sister has shown her true British spirit.

Her many friends of Ottawa, who know personally of her work overseas, only wish she could spare the time in which they might give a reception in her honor, but knowing of her call for return sailing, which takes place soon, as they can only extend their hearty congratulations by letter and wish her a Bon Voyage.’ “

The Intelligencer October 29, 1917 (page 4)

Ad for Canada Victory Bonds“ ‘Every man and woman in Canada can help win this war by practising self-denial’—From an Address by Sir Thomas White, Minister of Finance.

Four hundred thousand of the finest and bravest of Canada’s young men have swept aside their home ties and friendships, their private interests, their own pleasures, their own inclinations, and volunteered to serve for Canada and the Empire.

Issued by Canada’s Victory Loan Committee in co-operation with the Minister of Finance of the Dominion of Canada.”

The Intelligencer October 29, 1917 (page 7)

“Rules for Oversea Parcels. The department has issued new rules in regard to sending parcels to the Canadian Expeditionary Forces overseas. They should bear the name and address of a second addressee to whom they may be forwarded and delivered if delivery to the first addressee is found impossible. The original address should be written on front of parcel where stamped and declaration as to contents is affixed. The second and alternative address should be written on back of parcels.”

By | October 29th, 2017|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Entertainment at Tabernacle Church, Workers for British Red Cross Campaign Enthusiastic, Ad for Canada Victory Bonds, Belleville Soldier Invalided Home

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 1)

“Under the auspices of the Alpha Brotherhood of the Tabernacle Methodist Church an entertainment was held last evening in the Sunday School rooms of the church, which was well attended. A varied programme consisting of vocal and instrumental selections was rendered and Mr. W. M. Mackintosh, Ch., managing director of the Mackintosh Rubber Company of this city, gave a scientific address which was both interesting and edifying. All taking part acquitted themselves in a most creditable manner.

Mayor Ketcheson presided over the gathering in his usual affable and able manner and at the proper time made a brief but timely address. …  His Worship in referring to the object of the entertainment, namely, to assist in the British Red Cross work, said it was certainly a worthy object. In the great struggle which is taking place all our boys are behaving well and great praise was due to the Red Cross nurses who are engaged in such a noble sacrificing task.

Personally he owed much to the nurses as his son was no doubt saved to him by skilful nursing. We cannot do too much or give too liberally to such a worthy object, and he made an appeal to all to give liberally next week when the city would be canvassed for British Red Cross Funds. We are aiming at $12,000, which means $1 per head for the population of the city, which he did not consider was too much to expect for such a worthy cause. …  The pleasing and profitable entertainment was brought to a close by the singing of the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 2)

“British Outlook for Red Cross. The various chairmen of the committees connected with the British Red Cross campaign of November 1st report the greatest of enthusiasm existing amongst the workers. Every man feels that it is his duty to assist to his utmost this most noble work. The canvass will be made on Thursday next, and the amount to be raised—$12,000—must be subscribed that one day; therefore it will be a day of strenuous work, and the citizens can co-operate with these men by keeping in mind a few facts.

These men are giving their time and labor for nothing, they are doing the work that you should do. This is everybody’s campaign, and everybody’s work. The campaign headquarters is in the city hall, so any one wishing to lighten the work of the canvassers may call and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Frederick, who is secretary of the fund, or may call and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Moffatt, manager of the Union Bank, who is treasurer of the fund. It is to be hoped many will do this, and lessen the number of calls to be made on Nov. 1st. Everyone not having paid previous to this will be called upon on Nov. 1st, and anyone subscribing previously will be credited with the amount given.

On Thursday evening there will be a meeting of all the committees and all the workers. It is to be hoped that there will be a large turnout of citizens as all are invited, to give an added impetus to the work. Boost, boost, boost, from now until Nov. 1st, then give, give, GIVE.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 11)

Ad for Canada Victory Bonds“The Business Side of Winning the War. The war can be won only by a combination of Men and Money co-ordinated into invincible organization by the patriotism of all the people.

The most devoted patriot army could not fight twenty-four hours without money and the support of those things which money alone will buy.

Our soldiers must have food, clothing, arms, munitions and transport, or be vainly sacrificed in battle.

So, no matter how brave our soldiers may be, nor how self-sacrificing they are, unless we back them freely and generously with money, their bravery and their sacrifices will be all for nothing.

Money is the coupling pin between Canada’s fighting men and victory.

That is the Business side of Winning the War—Your Part in that Business is to buy Canada’s Victory Bonds.”

The Intelligencer October 27, 1917 (page 12)

“Belleville Soldier Invalided Home. Mrs. Florence Belton, 219 Front street, received a telegram yesterday afternoon, stating that her husband, Albert Belton, of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, who has been invalided home from overseas service, had arrived in Halifax and would leave there for Kingston on Monday. Mrs. Belton also received the following letter from the Militia Department at Ottawa:

Department of Militia and Defence, Ottawa, Oct. 24, 1917. From:—The Adjutant General, Canadian Militia. To:—Mrs. Florence Belton, 219 West Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Return to Canada, 40287, Alfred Belton, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Madam:—I have the honor to inform you that a cable has been received from England reporting that arrangements have been made for the marginally named soldier to sail from Liverpool for Canada, per the Hospital ship ‘Araguaya’ on the 17th October, 1917.

The above information is sent you to advise you of his probable arrival in Canada at an early date.

In order to avoid you any unnecessary anxiety on his behalf, however, I have the honor to point out, that not only is the departure of a vessel from England sometimes postponed for a few days, but it also takes about a week after the arrival at the Discharge Depot to examine and dispose of those who are being returned as medically unfit.

I have the honor to be madam, Your obedient servant, Frank Beard, Director of Records for Adjutant-General.”


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100 Years Ago: Words of Sympathy, Nursing Sister Mary Hambly Honoured, Lieutenant Yeomans Reported Missing, Ad for Cowan’s Chocolate

The Intelligencer October 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Barnett, of this city, is in receipt of the following from Record Department at Ottawa: The Prime Minister and members of the Government of Canada send their deepest sympathy in the bereavement which you have sustained.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Belleville Nurse Honored. Among the names of Canadian nurses gathered in London as Associate Royal Red Cross of Second class appears the name of Nursing Sister Mary H. Hambly, daughter of Lt.-Col. P. H. Hambly of this city.

Nursing Sister Hambly is at present on leave and is resting at the home of her father on Alexander St. Her many friends will be pleased to learn of the honor which she has won by loyal service to the Empire.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Yeomans Is Reported Missing. Dr. H. A. Yeomans, of this city last evening received a message which for the second time since the commencement of the war had the effect of causing sadness to the members of his family. It was a cablegram from the Imperial Flying Corps department in England and stated that Flight-Lieut. F. L. Yeomans was missing since October 21st.

This refers to ‘Ted’ Yeomans, as he was familiarly known in this city and vicinity. The missing young aviator was only a little over 20 years of age. When the call to arms was sounded in Canada in 1914 he, with his late lamented brother Horace E., joined the signal corps in connection with the 34th Battery, which was organized here, and left for overseas with the First Contingent. For some time Ted was engaged in this work and a few months ago for bravery on the field of battle was awarded the Military Cross.

In January of this year the brave young officer decided to join the Imperial Flying Corps and was for some time in training in England. He became proficient in this branch of the military service and was sent over to France where he was engaged in scouting and other duties. It is supposed that while in the discharge of his perilous occupation over the German lines his machine was winged. It may be possible that he is a prisoner of war.

At the outbreak of the war Ted was one of the bright and popular pupils of Belleville High School. He entered the school in 1911 and would have been in 1914 a member of the Senior Third Form had he not sacrificed his own interests for those of his country.

One of his prominent characteristics was cheerfulness; he always wore a smile. He was also a useful member of the Y.M.C.A. and was a member of Bridge Street Methodist church. He was an exceptionally popular young man and had a host of friends in this city, all of whom will join in hoping that the worst fears may not be realized.

The brother, Horace E., made the supreme sacrifice in France in April, 1916. To the bereaved family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1917 (page 5)

Ad for Cowan's Choroclate“Cowan’s Active Service Chocolate. This Chocolate is a concentrated food specially prepared for troops subject to the hardships and privations of trench life.

It may be obtained anywhere in 5¢ and 25¢ packages. The 25¢ package is specially wrapped for immediate mailing.”


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