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100 Years Ago: Food Dealers Under License, Marriage Certificates to Be Carried, Claude Caverley Wounded, First Depot Battalion Leaves Belleville, Musical to Be Presented at City Hall

The Intelligencer March 7, 1918 (page 1)

“Dealers In Food Being Brought Under License. The license system of the Canada Food Board is being rapidly extended to all dealers in foodstuffs. It will be illegal to transact business in any of the following trades after the dates given below, except under license from the Food Board:

Produce Wholesalers, March 15, 1918; Produce Commission Merchants, March 15, 1918; Produce Brokers, March 15, 1918; Wholesale Grocer, April 1, 1918; Wholesale Grocery Jobber, April 1, 1918; Wholesale Grocery Commission Agent, April 1, 1918; Whole Grocery Broker, April 1, 1918; Retail Grocer, May 1, 1918; Retail Butcher, Retail Baker, Retail Produce Dealer, Retail Flour and Feed Dealer, Retail Fruit and Vegetable Dealer, Retail Fish Dealer, May 15, 1918.

Every effort is being made to furnish all wholesale and retail dealers in food and food products with forms of application by mail, but any failure to receive such notice will not be deemed a good and sufficient reason for neglect to obtain the necessary license by the dates given above.”

The Intelligencer March 7, 1918 (page 2)

“Military Notes. Every married man between the ages of 20 and 34 should carry his marriage certificate from now on, for he may be challenged on the street or in any public place. Single men just under 20 or just over 34, who might appear to be within class 1, should also carry birth certificates.”

The Intelligencer March 7, 1918 (page 7)

“Reported Wounded. In today’s casualty list appears the name of Private C. Caverley of Canifton, who is officially reported as wounded. The unfortunate young man is the son of Mr. Charles Caverley, clerk of Thurlow township.”

The Intelligencer March 7, 1918 (page 7)

“Soldiers Left for Kingston. The remaining members of the First Depot Battalion who have been in this city for some weeks, were today transferred to Kingston, under command of Capt. K. G. Lech. At first the company totalled upwards of 200 men but was reduced to 80 by reasons of drafts being sent to an eastern training station. Soldiers from Peterboro joined the local soldiers here and proceeded with them to Kingston.”

The Intelligencer March 7, 1918 (page 7)

“The Key to Jack Canuck’s Treasure Will Be Found at the City Hall To-Night—For the Boys Over There. ‘The Key to Jack Canuck’s Treasure House’ will be presented at the City Hall this evening by a company of sixty including the cute and clever kiddies who take a prominent part in the production. The entertainment is largely musical with catchy choruses and solos, and is well worthy of patronage besides being for patriotic purposes and under the auspices of the Victory War Club.

Remember it’s for the soldiers and pack the City Hall.”


By | March 7th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Poster for Royal Flying Corps, Belleville Soldier Injured in Explosion

The Intelligencer March 6, 1918 (page 5)

“Young Men Rule the Air. Without our valorous young aviators our gunners and our troops would work in the dark. High above the lines these daring aerial warriors are in constant communication with the commanders on the ground, guarding our troops and exposing the secrets of the Hun. Greater scope for individual bravery and initiative could hardly be imagined.

There are opportunities for young men to achieve greatness very rapidly in the Air Service. A clear brain, a sound physique, a keenness for achievement, a fair education—are the essential qualifications.

Men who come within the provisions of the M.S.A. are eligible only after having joined their Depot Battalion, when they may, with the consent of their Commanding Officer, be discharged for re-enlistment in the R.F.C. Write for Booklet ‘Air Heroes in the Making.’

Imperial Royal Flying Corps. Recruiting Office, 93 King St. E., Toronto. A. R. Walker, Public Library, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer March 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Explosion in a Dugout. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rogers, Foster Avenue, have received word that their son, Gunner Arthur Rogers, was severely wounded by an explosion which took place in a dugout when an armful of wood was thrown on an open fire. Gunner Rogers was burned about the head and face and was also rendered unconscious by gas fumes. Fortunately his eyes were not injured. At present he is in a hospital. The young gunner went overseas with the Cobourg Heavy Battery.”

By | March 6th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Nursing Sister Mary Hambly Decorated by Queen Alexandra, Three Belleville Boys Return to Active Service, Marmora Soldier Home, 1,500 Soldiers to Return on Leave

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 1)

“Decorated by Queen Alexandra. Investiture of Nursing Sister Hambly with Royal Red Cross. Col. Phillip H. Hambly, 46 Alexander street, city, has received some interesting papers in connection with the investiture of his daughter, Nursing Sister Miss M. Hambly, A.R.R.C., with the decoration of the Royal Red Cross, which took place at Buckingham Palace, London, Her Majesty performing the pleasing and important ceremony.

Nursing Sister Hambly has served faithfully and well overseas and many a wounded soldier has cause to remember with gratitude her gentle and efficient administration. Honored by being singled out for royal recognition for her services in the great cause of Empire. Nursing Sister Hambly’s many friends rejoice in her distinction.

After the ceremony of investiture at Buckingham Palace Nursing Sister Hambly with other nurses included in the royal honors were the guests of Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House.

The official papers referred to read as follows: Telegram. O.H.M.S. Buckingham Palace. Sister Mary Hambly No. 10 Canadian Gen. Hosp’l Brighton. Your attendance is required at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday next, the thirtieth inst. at eleven thirty a.m. indoor uniform. Please telegraph acknowledgment. Lord Chamberlain, London.

War Office, London, S.W.1. 28th January, 1918. Madam,—I am directed to inform you that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra has expressed a wish that all ladies who attend an Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive the decoration of the Royal Red Cross should afterwards proceed to Marlborough House to see Her Majesty.

I am accordingly to request that you will attend at Marlborough House on Wed. 30th inst., at 1.30 on your return from Buckingham Palace. I am, Madam, Your obedient servant, L. D. Holland. Nursing Sister Miss M. Hambly, A.R.R.C. No. 10 Canadian Gen. Hospital, Brighton.”

The Intelligencer March 5. 1918 (page 7)

“Returning to Active Service. Mrs. J. I. Newton, 46 Hillcrest avenue, has received a letter from her soldier son, H. G. Newton, dated from an eastern port on February 28, stating that he was on his way back to England and active service. Travelling with him were several other Belleville boys including Pete Belnap and Daw Whelan.”

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Marmora Soldier Home. Pte. J. W. Burns, of Marmora, wounded in the spine, arrived at Toronto yesterday with a party of wounded soldiers invalided home from the front.”

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 8)

“1,500 Soldiers to Return On Leave. Ottawa. Fifteen hundred soldiers will return to Canada under the regulation permitting the granting of furloughs of three months to members of the first Canadian contingent. Already a number of the men have arrived in the Dominion.

The furloughs are granted to the veterans on the understanding that applications for extensions of time or for discharge will not be entertained. Already, however, a considerable number of men who have reached home have asked to be allowed to remain for domestic reasons. It is understood that the conditions upon which leave of absence is granted will have to be observed, inasmuch as the privilege of returning to Canada has been secured by specific arrangement between the Canadian and British army authorities.”

By | March 5th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Flight-Lieut. Douglas Reid Injured, Souvenirs of War Sent to Tweed

The Intelligencer March 4, 1918 (page 1)

“Flight-Lieut. Douglas Reid Injured in Aerial Accident. Leg Broken and Thigh Dislocated in Accident at Fort Worth Texas.

Twice within a week has the winged messengers of the electric telegraph brought sorrowful tidings to the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Reid. Just a week ago yesterday a cable message brought the sad news that their son, Flight-Lieutenant Harold Mackenzie Reid had met death in an aeroplane accident while serving his King and country overseas.

Yesterday, while the hearts of the parents were still heavy with sorrow at the loss of their splendid soldier son, came another message to add to the already heavy burden of grief in the news that their other aviator son, Flight-Lieutenant Douglas Reid had been seriously injured in an aeroplane accident at Fort Worth, Texas. Fortunately the anxiety of Mr. and Mrs. Reid is lightened by the intelligence that their son’s injuries, while serious, are not of a dangerous nature.

The telegram read as follows: Fort Worth, Texas, March 2, 1918. C. M. Reid, Belleville. Regret to inform you that Charles Douglas Reid was seriously but not dangerously injured today in an aeroplane accident. Extent of injuries, leg broken above the knee and thigh dislocated. Will communicate further tomorrow. Officer Commanding Aerial Gunnery Squadron. …  Mr. C. M. Reid’s brother at St. Louis, Missouri, left last night for Texas to see that everything possible is being done for Douglas. A telegram received this morning says that Flight Lieut. Reid is resting quite comfortably, and the Intelligencer joins with a host of friends and well wishers in the hope that the gallant young aviator may have a speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer March 4, 1918 (page 7)

“Souvenirs of the War. Mr. and Mrs. A. Godfrey, Tweed, are in receipt of a parcel from France which contained a number of souvenirs of the war, the property of their late son, Sergt.-Maj. Percy Godfrey. Amongst the number are two finger rings made of French shell nose pieces, one engraved ‘Ypres’ and the other decorated with a small compass; a pearl crucifix mounted with silver, found in the ruins of a cathedral; a pearl maple leaf pin; an old gold brooch with sapphire, ruby and diamond studding, and an amber medal with silver maple leaf and crown which the deceased wore suspended to a chain about his neck.

The parcel was sent by a friend of the deceased and the souvenirs are highly prized by the parents, whose son before leaving on his last and fatal trip to the front line trenches where he fell a victim to the Hun bullets, the deceased placed his private belongings in charge of his brother, Pte. Lyman, of the transport service, at the same time saying that he felt it was his last call to action. Sergt.-Maj. Godfrey met his death in action on November 4th, 1917.”

[Note: Sergeant Percy Godfrey died on November 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 244 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]


By | March 4th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Canada to Rebuild Vimy

The Intelligencer March 2, 1918 (page 5)

“VIMY Won by Canada—Rebuilt by Canada.

Our own Canadian boys thrilled the civilized world when in April, 1917, they stormed Vimy Ridge and pushed back the Hun.

Individual feats of heroism are too vast in number to be commemorated singly. Nor would our heroes desire us to waste money on useless monuments.

But every veteran of Vimy Ridge will approve of Canada’s rebuilding Vimy as a token of our love to France and as an enduring memorial to the boys who fought and died there.

The Canadian Secours National obtained from France the privilege of rebuilding Vimy. The Secours National will receive the funds to carry on this inspiring work. But it is you and your fellow Canadians who will really rebuild Vimy, rehousing the homeless, providing for a destitute people at least a part of those comforts that we enjoy daily as our normal right. Don’t hesitate. Though your contribution may seem small to you, it will loom large to the homeless!

Contributions should be sent without delay to W. R. Johnston, Esq., Hon. Treas., 14 King St. West, Toronto, Ont.

Secours National.”

By | March 2nd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Bread Regulations in Force, What to Send to Soldiers Overseas, Questionnaires to Exempted Men, Easter Greeting to Soldiers and Sailors

The Intelligencer March 1, 1918 (page 1)

“New Bread Regulations Came In Force To-Day. Ottawa. Bakers throughout Canada began upon the new bread making regulations today, the only exception being in the case of the regulations regarding standard flour, the date for which has been postponed until March 15th.

The Canada Food Board today issued a manifesto emphasizing the fact that the new standard flour, instead of being of an inferior quality, is of a slightly higher quality than the strong bakers’ flour which has generally been used by bread makers.”

The Intelligencer March 1, 1918 (page 3)

“What To Send To Soldiers and How. Wallbridge & Clarke are receiving from time to time letters from the Front giving the best information obtainable concerning the things the soldiers want and also reports on the condition parcels arrive in.

A recent letter mentions cakes ‘but they must be of a variety that will keep, or in a package that will prevent spoiling or drying out.’ Jams are tabooed, excepting strawberry and ‘never plum’, maple cream, maple butter, salted nuts, hickory nuts, maple syrup, canned corn and peas and tomatoes, sardines, salmon, lobster would be appreciated.

Canadian chocolates and chocolate creams are especially desired. Soap is useful, but will flavor other goods unless specially packed. Canadian cigarettes and tobacco are wanted. ‘The English brands are cheap in France but don’t fill the bill like the home stuff.’ …

Don’t send to France—Baked beans, sugar or butter, unless asked for, as they are in the rations.

Slip a photograph or picture of Belleville in the parcels. Anything sticky or leaky should be well protected. Use elastic packing such as paper, newspapers, shavings and excelsior, strong cord and heavy paper. Cardboard boxes travel very well, better than tin boxes which get twisted and battered, and stay that way. …  Addresses written on cotton coverings, run into a blot when wet. Tags should be put on in addition.”

The Intelligencer March 1, 1918 (page 7)

“Every Detail Probed By The Questionaires. Ottawa. Questionaires have been prepared by the Military Service Council to be filled in by men who have already been exempted. If the questionaires are not filled in three days after delivery by the post office the exemption heretofore granted will be subject to forfeiture.

A special list of questions are to be answered by all exemptees. They include name and address, age, weight, height; whether exempted has not full use of all faculties; …  nature of occupations in which engaged since the age of 18, and how long engaged in each, and name and address of nearest grown-up relatives. …

All persons employed in agriculture must state whether farm on which employed is ‘dairy, grain, or stock’; must give name, sex and age of all the people working on it; …  how uncultivated land is being used; number and kind of livestock; what would happen if exemptee left the farm, and whether the man who works the farm owns it or rents it. …

Those who claim exemption on any grounds but occupation or physical conditions, must give names, addresses and relationship of dependents; extent of support, and how long supported. …  Other special circumstances connected with domestic position must be stated. …

The questionaire concludes: If the answers you give are not disputed, your answer may, without notice to you, be submitted to a tribunal for the purpose of having the exemption granted you re-considered. You should theretofore state any other facts upon which you rely for exemption from military service.”

The Intelligencer March 1, 1918 (page 8)

“God Save Our Splendid Men. Send Them Safe Home Again. Easter Greetings to our soldiers and sailors overseas from the Fathers, Mothers, Sisters, Brothers, Wives and Children, Friends and Sweethearts, is the beautiful thought expressed in a tasty, well printed folder just published by Rev. A. M. Hubly, rector of Emmanuel Church, Belleville.

The message is an Easter greeting to the boys over there and copies can be obtained by application to Rev. Mr. Hubly.”

By | March 1st, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Christ Church A.Y.P.A. Holds Red Cross Shower

The Intelligencer February 28, 1918 (page 7)

“Christ Church, A. Y. P. A. The members of Christ Church A. Y. P. A. held a Red Cross shower in the Parish Hall, Wednesday, Feb. 27. There was a large attendance and a large number of parcels containing smokes, candies, etc., were collected, which will be sent overseas to the boys.

A guessing competition as to what the contents of the parcels were gave some amusement. Mr. Harold Barrett rendered several solos, his rendering of ‘Thora’ being very fine. A couple of guitar solos were given by Mr. Herbert Wolfe and Miss Kathleen Diamond accompanied on the piano. Refreshments were served at the close of the meeting.”

[Note: A. Y. P. A. = Anglican Young People’s Association.]

By | February 28th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Douglas Reid Appointed Instructor at Fort Worth

The Intelligencer February 27, 1918 (page 1)

Douglas Reid“Belleville Aviator Appointed Instructor. Douglas Reid Completes Aviation Training in Texas and Is Appointed Instructor.

The following telegram was received today by Mr. C. M. Reid from his son Douglas, who is in the Royal Flying Corps at Fort Worth, Texas:

‘Received the terrible news about Harold’s death Monday. Finished my training as a cadet and have been chosen to remain instructing at Hick’s Camp, will not be home for some time. Hope mother will feel easy as I am not likely to go overseas for some time.’ Douglas Reid.”

By | February 27th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Belleville Aviator Harold Mackenzie Reid Dies in Collision, Ritchie Company Flag at Half-Mast

The Intelligencer February 25, 1918 (page 1)

Harold Mackenzie Reid“ ‘Young Belleville Aviator Was Killed in England. ‘Deeply regret inform you Flight Sub-Lieut. Harold Mackenzie Reid killed in aeroplane collision at East Church, Sussex. Letter following. Admiralty.’

The above cablegram from the British Admiralty arrived in the city Sunday morning and thus brought the sad intelligence that another of Belleville’s fine young men had been called upon to make the supreme sacrifice, and another home saddened. The news cast a gloom over the city yesterday when it became generally known, for Harold was one of Belleville’s most popular young men, and his untimely death came as a distinct shock to all who knew him.

Lieut. Reid joined the Royal Naval Air Service in December, 1916, and received his preliminary training in France. He had seen six months active flying and fighting on the western front, and only a few weeks ago he was moved to England for nerve rest and instruction on new types of machines. …

Harold was 20 years l month of age and received his education in the Belleville Public and High Schools. Just previous to enlisting he entered the men’s department of The Ritchie Co. store and was exceedingly popular with all his fellow employees, who all feel very keenly his sudden death.

He was a faithful member of Bridge Street church and Sunday School and at the Sunday School service yesterday afternoon Mr. F. S. Deacon paid a splendid tribute to the life and qualities of his former pupil.

By fateful coincidence Lieutenant Reid was killed on his grandmother’s ninety-second birthday—he was a grandnephew of the late Sir Mackenzie Bowell. He leaves to mourn his demise, his mother and father, Mr. and Mrs. C. M. Reid, a sister Helen, at home, and two brothers: Douglas, who has just finished his training as an aviator at Fort Worth, Texas, and Gordon, of Syracuse. Mr. Reid has cabled the Admiralty to have the body shipped home.”

[Note: Flight Sub Lieutenant Harold MacKenzie Reid died on February 23, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 592 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer February 25, 1918 (page 5)

“Token of Respect. The flag above the Ritchie Company store on Front street is floating at half-mast out of respect to the late Flight Lieut. H. Reid, who was killed in England.”

By | February 25th, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments

100 Years Ago: Vimy to Be Rebuilt by Canada, Griffin and Palace Employees to Be Paid for Heatless Days

The Intelligencer February 23, 1918 (page 6)

Vimy to be rebuilt by Canada“VIMY To be Rebuilt by Canada through the Secours National. France has gratefully accepted Canada’s offer to rebuild Vimy. One can imagine that the proud French people would never have asked for more than a loan to start life again in the devastated area. But Canada, through the Canadian Secours National, asks, as a proud privilege, to undertake the work. It will be a joyful thing for us to give this enduring pledge of our appreciation of all France has done in this war.

Give liberally. Hold concerts, plays, etc., to raise funds for Vimy; organize your society work for funds for Vimy. Make Vimy an enduring monument—and one well worth while—to our boys who, at Vimy Ridge, made the world proud of Canada.

Contributions Should Be Sent Without Delay to W. R. Johnston, Esq., Hon. Treas., 14 King St. W., Toronto, Ont. Secours National.”

The Intelligencer February 23, 1918 (page 8)

“Employees of Griffin’s and Palace Looked After for Heatless Day. Employees of Griffin’s and the Palace, and all Griffin Theatres throughout Canada will be paid full time for last Monday’s heatless day, and for the next five Monday’s in which the theatres will be closed by order of the provincial fuel controller.

This information has been secured by Manager Forhan of the two local Griffin Theatres, and is another instance of the splendid treatment accorded their employees by the Griffin Amusement Company of Toronto.”

By | February 23rd, 2018|Intelligencer WW1 Local News|0 Comments