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100 Years Ago: Queensboro Women Donate to Y.M.C.A., William St. Orms Dies, Memorial Notice for Leo Ross, Frank Bateman Wounded

The Intelligencer April 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Y.M.C.A. Work Appreciated. The Women’s Patriotic League of Queensboro have forwarded a cheque to Mr. D. V. Sinclair for $50.00 to apply to the ‘Trench Work’ of Y. M. C. A. overseas. These women have sons and husbands at the front and in this practical way express their appreciation of the splendid work being done by the Y. M. C. A. for our men overseas.”

The Intelligencer April 30, 1918 (page 5)

“Soldier Died. The death occurred in Mowat Memorial Hospital, Kingston, of Pte. William St. Orms. Deceased was born thirty-six years ago and went overseas in 1916 with the 155th Battalion. He served in France, but later on account of illness was returned to Canada and has been confined to the Mowat Memorial Hospital since last August. Before enlisting deceased was a stationary engineer in Bancroft.”

[Note: Private Willard Storms died on April 20, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 508 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 30, 1918 (page 5)

“In Memoriam. In loving memory of our dear nephew Gunner Leo Ross who was killed in action in the battle of Ypres, April 30th, 1914.

He sleeps beside his comrades / In a hallowed grave unknown / But his name is written in letters of love / On the hearts he left at home. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Burd.”

The Intelligencer April 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Signaller Bateman Wounded. Mrs. H. Bateman, residing at 61 Station Street, Belleville, is in receipt of the following telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa, informing her that Signaller Frank William Bateman, artillery, is officially reported admitted to the Seventh Casualty Clearing Station, April 15th, 1918, with gunshot wounds in the leg and back.

Signaller Bateman left with the 74th Battery from Petawawa, and was located with a siege battery at the front. He was well known in this city, where he was a resident for some time. Previous to enlistment he was employed by the Canadian Express Company.”

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100 Years Ago: Restrictions on Sugar and Shortening, Farmers Hold Protest Meetings, 80th Battalion Colours Deposited and Dedicated, Navy League of Canada in Belleville, Gunner W. C. Burgess Returns, Sergeant L. G. Madden Home, Speech on Gardening Given at Queen Alexandra School, Memorial Service at St. Thomas’ Church, Ad for Work Shoes

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 1)

“Drastic Restrictions on Use of Sugar and Shortening. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Drastic war time restriction on the use of sugar and shortening in the manufacture of candies, biscuits, cakes or sweet dough products, including the entire prohibition of the manufacture of certain of these products, and curtailment of sugar consumption by candy manufacturers to one-half the monthly average used by them last year, limitations of the amount of fats and sugar which may be used in the manufacture of ice cream—such are the principal provisions of an order just issued by the Canada Food Board.

After June 1st all manufacturers of candies, cakes and like stuffs must be licensed by the Canada Food Board. The new regulations are intended to readjust Canada’s consumption of sugar to the available supply and to prepare for the requirements of the canning and preserving season. The use of fats is curtailed because of the increasing need for edible fats overseas. Further restrictions are made on the use of wheat flour in the manufacture of candy and sweet-dough products.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 2)

“Farmers Say They Can’t Fight and Farm. Toronto. The farmers throughout Ontario are taking definite action towards having the recent order-in-Council reconsidered, which calls to the colors all farmers who are actual owners or tenants or farmers’ sons who have never been otherwise employed.

A great number of farmers’ meetings were held throughout the Province, Saturday and strong resolutions were passed pointing out that the crops and general production of food would suffer if the farmers had to depend altogether on inexperienced help from the cities and towns.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 4)

“80th Battalion Colours Deposited and Dedicated. On Thursday, April 20th, 1916, at the armouries in this city, the presentation of colors to the 80th Overseas Battalion, C.E.F., took place with appropriate ceremony. These colors were the gift of the members of the Ketcheson families of Hastings County, in honor of Col. W. G. Ketcheson, the commanding officer of the battalion. The two beautiful flags were taken overseas when the men of the battalion went overseas to do their bit for King and country.

The colors were recently returned and on Sunday morning were deposited in St. Thomas’ church for safe keeping. The service was both impressive and inspiring. His Lordship Bishop Bidwell of Kingston was present and officiated being assisted by the rector, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish. Many of the members of the Great War Veterans Association and others wearing the King’s uniform were present. The sacred edifice was filled to the doors. …

In presenting the colors to the rector, Lieut.-Col. Ketcheson said: ‘Rev. Sir, on behalf of the officers and men of the 80th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces, I ask you to accept the charge of the colors of the battalion for safe keeping in your church.’ In accepting the colors, Ven. Archdeacon Beamish replied as follows: ‘We do willingly receive from your hands the colors of the 80th Battalion for safe-keeping in our church, and do pledge ourselves to preserve and guard them with all the care as a most honorable and solemn charge for such time as they shall remain entrusted to our safe-keeping.’ …

His Lordship Bishop Bidwell solemnly dedicated the colors as follows: ‘We do now solemnly dedicate and place for safe keeping in this church the colors of the 80th Battalion, C.E.F. In the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen. The colors were then taken and placed on either side of the altar.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 4)

“Soldiers and Sailors Too. Patriotic Canadians find many outlets for their desire to be helpful in the various organizations formed since the war began for effective national service at home and this has resulted in close and intimate touch being kept with the soldier boys on the firing line in many helpful ways besides caring for dependents of soldiers at home. But in all these various activities one great and vital department of military service has been all but neglected—the Navy.

Last week there was formed in Belleville the working basis of a branch of the Navy League of Canada which seeks to arouse interest and enlist helpful service for the lads engaged in the glorious though silent war duty of holding the German navy impotent and protecting the lives of those who have to cross the seas as well as the commerce which means our prosperity and our hopes of victory on the battlefields of Europe. …

The Navy League of Canada is also concerned with the Merchant Marine service of Canada, which is almost a new department of our national life, and as a result of war conditions is creating great interest. The Dominion Government is developing a shipbuilding industry of large proportions and vast shipyards have sprung into being almost overnight with many ships in the making destined to carry Canada’s commerce to many distant ports. …

Belleville citizens so keenly interested in all forms of national service will no doubt willingly take hold and work for the interests of the sailors just as hard as they work for the interest of the soldiers, without in any way neglecting the latter.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Gunner Burgess Home. Gunner W. C. Burgess, 40286, arrived home at noon yesterday. He left with the 34th Battery, was gassed during the battle of Loos and has been under treatment since August last. Before joining the army he was employed at the Canada Steel Co.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Returned Home. Sergt. L. G. Madden, Albion Street, arrived home at an early hour Sunday morning. He left here with the 155th Battalion, and was transferred to the 21st Battalion in France, being badly wounded in the right foot at Vimy Ridge and was in different hospitals in England and France for some months. His many friends will welcome him home after an absence of two years full of trials and experiences.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Address at Queen Alexandra School. The staff, pupils and the parents of some of the pupils of Queen Alexandra School listened to a very interesting and instructive address on ‘Gardening’ given by Mr. Mackintosh, agricultural representative, on Friday afternoon. The key note of the speaker’s address was ‘what the boy or girl can produce in their gardens.’ All the vegetables could be easily grown but corn and potatoes were especially needed, also vegetables suitable for the winter’s use. …

Apart from the patriotic duty of planting a garden the speaker pointed out it was profitable even to the small boy, one boy of his acquaintance raised vegetables to the value of $13.50 on a very small plot of ground. He very earnestly urged upon all the duty and necessity of making Save and Produce their motto, pointing out that if every family in Canada saved 1 oz. of meat daily it would mean equivalent to 90,000 cattle in one year.

The boys and girls were very much interested and are determined to have back-yard gardens. Each class will have their experimental plot at school and will ‘Help to win the war’ by having a garden at home.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. Last evening a very impressive memorial service was held in St. Thomas’ Church for Pte. Charles Hilton and Pte. U. S. Daniels, who lately made the supreme sacrifice in France, and also for Pte. Chas. Osborne, who was invalided home and died last week of heart affection. The beautiful burial service was recited with specially appropriate hymns and the ‘Last Post’ was sounded from the inner vestry with the accompanying drum-roll played on the organ by Prof. Wheatley.”

The Intelligencer April 29, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for work shoes“Greater Production. The Spring season is now here when our MEN and BOYS will be required to do their bit on the land.

Let us supply your requirements with a pair of good durable WORK SHOES in tan or black before you join the great army of workers. Good Values—Good Shoes.

The Haines Shoe Houses. Belleville, Napanee, Smith’s Falls.”


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100 Years Ago: Wheat Flour Restricted, No Exemptions for Farmers, Poster for Vegetable Gardens, Saving Sugar, Arthur Linn Wounded, Joseph Frawley Wounded, Poster for Community Gardens, Ad for Gillette

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 1)

“Flour Is Restricted to Not More Than Fifteen Days Supply. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. By an order issued by the Canada Food Board today all flour, made wholly or in part from wheat, is placed under restrictions similar to those imposed yesterday on sugar holdings. No person two miles or less from a licensed dealer may hold a supply larger than is necessary for fifteen days consumption.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 2)

“No Exemption For Farmers Says Canada War Minister. Tells Delegation He Won’t Open Door Again to Appeals—There Seems Little Chance of Any Revision of the Military Service Act Order. Ottawa. Rural Canada is not taking kindly to the new military service order of the Government, nor to the regulations complementary thereto. …

Yesterday the Eastern Townships sent a formidable delegation, headed by R. R. Ness, one of the most noted stock breeders of Canada, and containing on its personnel many prominent farmers and dairymen. …  The delegation received little satisfaction at the hands of the Ministers. General Mewburn pointed out the urgent need of men. He intimated that to open the door to exemptions of any kind would be tantamount to bringing back all the clumsy machinery of tribunal and appeal. He realized that there would be hardships in many cases, but that hardships at the present time were inevitable. From all indications the Minister of Militia is inexorable on the point.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for vegetable gardens

“Don’t Wait and—Wish. Work Now and—Have. When drastic regulations for the rationing of food come into effect (and such an Order in Council may be made very early next Fall) you will wish then, that you had a crop of nice vegetables ready to take off your garden or nearby piece of vacant land that you could have cultivated if you really wanted to.

Well, all we say is—Don’t Wait and—Wish.

For good, practical advice upon how to lay out and cultivate a Vegetable Garden, write for a free copy of the booklet entitled: ‘A Vegetable Garden for Every Home.’ ”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 4)

“Save the Sugar. War strikes in the most unexpected places, and its effects are far-reaching. The necessity of conserving food supplies is one of the greatest problems of a war-time government and constitutes the reason for the creation of the Canada Food Board, which is beginning to peer into the cupboards of the homes as well as the cold storage plants of Big Business.

The latest feature of the activities of the Canada Food Board is the order strictly limiting holdings of sugar by householders to a supply sufficient for fifteen days except by persons living at a greater distance than two miles from a licensed dealer. …  The sugar order is but one phase of the efforts which the Canada Food Board will be obliged to make to prevent hoarding of food supplies and the consequent advance in prices and scarcity, with inevitable hardship to the greater number of people who are obliged by their circumstances of life to confine their purchases to small quantities at a time.

The greatest good to the greatest number must always be the concern of governments, as it should also be the guiding principle of individuals.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 5)

“Suffering from Wounds. Miss Ella Linn of Springbrook, Hastings County, has received word that her brother, No. 636414, Corp. Arthur Linn, of the 155th Battalion, had been admitted to the seventh Canadian General Hospital, Letroporte, France, on April 1st suffering from a gun shot wound in the thigh.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Frawley Wounded. Mr. John Frawley, residing at 100 Cedar street in this city is in receipt of the following telegram relative to his son being wounded:

Sincerely regret to inform you 637009 Pte. Jos. Frawley, infantry, officially reported admitted 57 Casualty Clearing station, April 19, 1918; gunshot wound right thigh.—Director of Records.

Pte. Frawley has always resided in this city where he was well and favorably known. Previous to enlistment with the 155th Battalion, he was employed in Messrs. Quick & Robertson’s place of business here.”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 9)

Poster for community gardens

“3-Fold $10 Value $31. If Not A Family Garden Why Not A Community Garden?

Those who grew vegetables in their gardens, or who went in for Community vegetable gardening last year, and had good results, will do the same this year. But to those who attempted vegetable gardening without success we say: Try again. As a matter of sheer necessity it is worth your while.

First of all fill out the coupon below and mail it and get a free copy of the Department of Agriculture’s booklet entitled ‘A Vegetable Garden For Every Home.’ ”

The Intelligencer April 27, 1918 (page 10)

Gillette advertisement“New Gillette Sets For the Boys in Khaki. Ever since the beginning of the war the Gillette Safety Razor in Civilian dress—has served our Canadian troops with distinction Overseas.

But some of our fighting men have never yet owned a Gillette—and others have lost the Gillettes they had. For them we have designed the new and distinctly Military Sets here illustrated—two Khaki Sets and the handsome ‘Canadian Service Set.’

You know someone who would more than appreciate one of these new Military Sets. The Gillette Safety Razor Co. of Canada Limited.”

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100 Years Ago: Sugar Hoarders to Be Fined or Jailed, Conscientious Objectors, Back-to-the-Garden Movement, Amateur Hockey Teams Decimated by Conscription, John Arnold Detlor Welcomed Home, Potato Cultivation Booklet Popular, Harold Ingram Wounded, Esmeralda Knitting Circle Holds Dance, Frederick Baker Gassed, Nursing Sister Agnes Forneri Dies

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 1)

“Hoarders of Sugar Will Be Fined or Sent to Gaol. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. Drastic orders restricting the hoarding of sugar were issued by Canada’s Food Board today, providing that any person, other than a dealer or manufacturer, having on his premises more cane sugar than is sufficient for fifteen days supply, unless he lives more than two miles from licensed dealers, shall be liable to a fine of from $100 to $1,000, or three months in jail, and any excess over the prescribed amount may be seized and forfeited.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 2)

“Conscientious Objectors. A new order from Ottawa regarding the treatment of conscientious objectors was received by Major-General Wilson to-day. It states that such objectors will, in future, be sent overseas to serve in the Canadian Engineers, Army Service Corps, Army Medical Corps, or Canadian Ordnance Corps or on clerical duties. Provision is made for the transfer from any one of these branches to another.

In the event of an objector refusing to obey orders, he will be arrested immediately and tried by district court martial. If convicted, he will be sent to the civil authorities for custody, till a draft leaves for overseas. Then an application for his release will be made and he will be attached to its draft and sent overseas under arrest.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 4)

“Dad’s In The Garden. A great deal of fun is poked at the amateur gardener who spends all his spare moments in the back-yard garden coaxing the young vegetables along. His carrots and cabbages and potatoes may figure up to a right smart price in dollars and cents, but he will eat his own food and a goodly part of his share of the general national harvest can be devoted to the Allies.

He is also accumulating a coat of healthy tan and saving doctor’s bills by a course in the fresh air, and he has no time or inclination for a game of ‘draw’ or other expensive indoor sports. Lastly, wifey knows where he is, and peace and happiness blesses the household.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 6)

“Junior Hockeyists Hit Hard by New Act. There will be some tall scurrying around next Fall for amateur hockey players, if the war is still in progress and all the young men eligible under the new conscription regulations are called into the force. The new regulations knock nearly all the top-notch junior teams into a cocked hat by taking away their 19 and 20-year-old players.

The removal of these youngsters just graduating from junior ranks puts a crimp in the intermediate and senior ranks, too, for the higher classification have mighty little new material from which to fill up holes left by retirement or enlistments. Of the 600 and odd youngsters who were registered with the junior O.H.A. last winter, the call for boys who have attained the age of 20 years since the first draft under the Military Service Act takes 110. The 19-year-old clause in the new Act just passed by the Dominion House nets 130 more. With a total of 240 lads, most of whom were active players, gone from the roster, the sledding is going to be mighty rough in hockey circles next season.

Practically every junior hockey club prominent in last year’s O.H.A. junior championship is decimated as badly as were some of the Hun battalions which tried to break the British lines on the west front.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Welcomed Home. A warm welcome was accorded Gunner Jack Detlor of Bancroft, on his arrival home this week. He was gassed the 7th of Sept. last and was sent back to England. His recovery was not very rapid, and the authorities finally declared him unfit for overseas service. He is on a two weeks’ furlough, and may possibly be given his discharge at the end of that time.”

[Note: Lieutenant John Arnold Detlor died on April 17, 1921. He is commemorated on Page 556 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Potato Growing Made Easy. So great was the demand for the recently issued bulletin on Potato Cultivation, written and edited by the Dominion Horticulturist, that a popular edition of 16 pages has been prepared and can be had free by addressing the Publications Branch, Department of Agriculture, Ottawa.

As an aid to the potato grower, especially to the less experienced and the beginner, this bulletin, which is numbered 90, should prove invaluable. …  A list is given of varieties recommended by different districts in every province.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Bombardier Ingram Wounded. Mrs. Ingram of this city received a telegram from Ottawa which stated that No. 89764 Bombardier E. H. Ingram, admitted Field Ambulance Hospital, April 11th. Gunshot wounds in face, ‘Harold’ was well known in Belleville. He enlisted with the artillery in May, 1915, left for England in September of the same year and has been in France since Christmas of that year. His many friends will hope that his wounds will not prove serious. He is a son of Capt. Ingram formerly of the O. S. D. staff.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Patriotic Dance. Under the auspices of the Esmerelda Knitting Circle a successful euchre and dance was held last evening in Johnstone’s Academy, Front St. Card playing was indulged in until ten o’clock and prizes were awarded those most successful. Miss Evelyn Ryan furnished the music for dancing and gave great satisfaction which was noted by the numerous encores.

The spacious academy was crowded with a happy throng including many from out of town, also a few aviators from Mohawk Camp. A dainty lunch was served and dancing continued until a late hour. The proceeds received will be used by the circle for patriotic purposes and to help the boys of the Esmerelda Club overseas.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 7)

“Signaller Baker Gassed. Rev. Dr. Baker, Principal of Albert College, received the following telegram from Ottawa, this morning: Sincerely regret to inform you that gunner Frederick Edward Baker, artillery is officially reported admitted to eleventh field ambulance hospital, April 18th, 1918, gassed.—Director of Records.

Signaller Baker, after graduating from College, enlisted with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, and went overseas some time ago. He had only been in France three weeks when he was gassed. His many friends will hope for his speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer April 26, 1918 (page 8)

“Supreme Sacrifice Of Nursing Sister. Rev. R. S. Forneri, B. D., of this city, has within the past few months been doubly bereaved, owing to the war. Six months ago his son, Lieut. Forneri, was reported missing, and later reported dead, and this morning the sad message was received that his eldest daughter, Nursing Sister Agnes, had died. The message was as follows:

Ottawa, April 26th, 1918. Deeply regret to inform you that Nursing Sister Agnes Florein Forneri, medical service, is officially reported as having died at the Military Hospital at Bramshott, England, on April 24th, 1918, from hemorrhage of the stomach. Director of Records.

Nursing sister Forneri had been on active service for some time, doing her part in nursing wounded soldiers. Her demise will be sincerely regretted by all who knew her, and the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to Rev. Mr. Forneri in this his hour of trial.”

[Note: Nursing Sister Agnes Florien Forneri died on April 24, 1918. She is commemorated on Page 409 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

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100 Years Ago: Bayside Raises Funds for Red Cross, Walter Bennett Awarded Military Medal, Demand for Belleville Bonds, Ad for Belleville Patriotic Bonds

The Intelligencer April 24, 1918 (page 2)

“Bayside Raises Funds for Red Cross. On Thursday evening the 18th inst., a most successful entertainment was held in White’s Church under the auspices of the Bayside Women’s Institute. Addresses were delivered by Pte. Chatterton, Mrs. J. A. McFee and Mr. John Elliott. Most interesting and instructive readings were rendered by Mrs. Percy Mott. Music of a high character was furnished by local talent. Mr. John Hess, Reeve of Sidney Township presided, and proved a most capable chairman. At the close of the meeting refreshments were served. The proceeds of the evening were over $70.00 all of which will be used to pay for Red Cross supplies.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded Military Medal. Private W. W. Bennett of the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion whose home is at 138 Bolton Avenue, Toronto, and who enlisted in Belleville with the 80th Battalion, has been awarded the military medal for good work performed on November 18th last when the Battalion was in the line near Passchendaele.

Victor W. Oldum, Brigadier General, Commanding the 11th Canadian Infantry Battalion has written a letter extending hearty congratulations on the well earned award to Pte. Bennett. The recipient of the honor bestowed is well known to many in Belleville.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1918 (page 7)

“Big Demand for Belleville Bonds. As was expected the citizens of Belleville are eagerly buying the issue of 6 per cent Patriotic Bonds. The selling began only yesterday and already nearly half of the entire issue has been subscribed for. The conservative investor, who is looking for absolute security as well as a liberal yield finds this an ideal investment.

The various salesmen who are placing the bonds report excellent progress, and a welcome wherever they go. The people of Belleville appreciate an opportunity to invest in their own Bonds instead of allowing outsiders to get the benefit of such excellent securities. It would be advisable for any who have not yet bought Bonds to get busy and inquire at the City Hall for prospectus as the issue will be all sold in a day or two more.”

The Intelligencer April 24, 1918 (page 7)

Ad for Belleville Bonds

“Keep the Dollar at Home! Buy Belleville Bonds. Every citizen of Belleville who has Money to Invest should grasp the opportunity of subscribing to Belleville’s Patriotic Loan. The issue pays 6 Per Cent and runs 10 years.

Belleville Patriotic Bonds Are A First Mortgage on the Entire City, without the worry of collecting interest. You simply cut your coupons. Pays double bank interest and is easily negotiated.

Belleville is the City to Live in, and Belleville is The City to Invest in. For any further information, Prospectus, etc., apply at City Treasurer’s Office, City Hall.”

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100 Years Ago: Employers Must Report Eligibles, Patriotic Cafeteria at Y.M.C.A., Penalties for Failure to Register

The Intelligencer April 23, 1918 (page 5)

“Employers Must Report Eligibles. Ottawa. In view of the impending call to the colors of all unmarried men and widowers between the ages of 20 and 22, particular attention is directed to the duties of employers as laid down by the military service regulations. The regulations stipulate that ‘it shall be the duty’ of every employer to make enquiries to see if he has in his employ any man who has failed to respond to a call. An employee is required to answer any questions put to him by his employer for this purpose. …

Every employer who knowingly ‘employs or retains in his service any man who has deserted or who is absent without leave from the Canadian expeditionary force’ is liable to imprisonment of not exceeding six months or to a fine of not less than $100 and not more than $500.

Further, every person is liable to a penalty of not less than $50 and not more than $500 who knowingly ‘employs or engages in his service, or continues in his service for a period of seven days any man who belongs to any class or sub-class which has been called out and who has not reported.’ ”

The Intelligencer April 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Patriotic Cafeteria. The cafeteria conducted by St. Julien Chapter, I.O.D.E. in the Y.M.C.A. parlors yesterday afternoon was largely attended and a goodly sum raised for patriotic purposes. The menu was very tasty and daintily served and the home-made cooking sale was very successful.”

The Intelligencer April 23, 1918 (page 7)

“Drastic Penalties For Failure to Register. Any person failing to register on the day set apart by the Dominion Government for the registration of everyone between 16 and 60 will expose himself to serious penalties and disabilities. He may be fined or imprisoned, or at the discretion of the court he may be both fined and sentenced to imprisonment.

He will forfeit any right he might otherwise have had to vote at a Dominion election. He will be disentitled to receive any wages or salary, to obtain board or lodging at any hotel, restaurant or boarding house, or to purchase a ticket for or travel upon any railroad or steamboat.”

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100 Years Ago: Charles Hilton Dies of Wounds, Veterans Commemorate Second Battle of Ypres, Canada at Ypres, Francis Middleton Ill, Second Battalion Veterans Hold Dinner at Hotel Quinte

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 1)

“Pte. Charles Hilton Died of Wounds. Another Belleville soldier has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, Pte. Charles Hilton. The following sad message was received here this morning: Mrs. Chas. Hilton, 357 Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Deeply regret to inform you, 636430 Pte. Charles Hilton, infantry, officially reported died of wounds, third Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, April 7th, 1918, gunshot wounds face, left arm and legs. Director of Records.

Pte. Hilton enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion. Previous to enlistment he was for some time engaged in the grocery business on Front street. He was a member of St. Thomas church, and was much respected by all who knew him. A widow and three children survive. To the grief stricken family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

[Note: Private Charles Hilton died on April 17, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 429 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Canada’s Glory at Ypres Commemorated by Veterans. Members of the Great War Veterans’ Association of this city, on Sunday morning held their first annual church parade in commemoration of the second Battle of Ypres, which began April 22nd, 1915. There was a good turnout of members of the Association who, headed by the 15th Battalion band, proceeded from their quarters on Front street to the Salvation Army citadel, where services were held. The barrack hall was well filled when the services commenced. …

Adjutant Ritchie, who is in charge of the local corps, spoke briefly, referring to the pleasure it gave him to welcome the returned soldiers of the King to the Salvation Army service. …  During the service the 15th Battalion band assisted in playing for the hymns, and while the offertory was being taken rendered a suitable selection. At the close of the service the veterans, headed by the band, marched back to their headquarters.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Canada at Ypres. Colonel Ponton, Secretary of the Belleville Board of Trade, has today an appropriate bulletin on Bridge St. with the centrepiece, the celebration cartoon from Punch, published after the Battle of Ypres with the figure of the victorious soldiers and the one word ‘Canada.’

There is also the funeral service held at the front, attended by General Alderson and staff, when the heroic dead were buried with all the honours the British Army could pay to heroes who held the line and saved the situation in that fateful crisis.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Middleton Ill. A letter has been received from Pte. Ewin Faber, a chum of Pte. Francis Middleton, whose home is at 7 Boswell street, this city, stating that Pte. Middleton, has been ill in bed with acute Bronchitis ever since December 24, 1917, when he was brought down from the line in France. He is now in a hospital in England, and is recovering nicely. Pte. Middleton, enlisted with the 155th Battalion and went to France with a Railroad Battalion.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 6)

“Celebrate Second Battle of Ypres. The third annual dinner of the returned officers of the Second Battalion, held in commemoration of the second battle of Ypres, was held at the Hotel Quinte on Saturday night. …  The officers arrived on the International Limited, and were met by the Belleville officers and motored about the city, and after a pleasant motor trip went to Major Ponton’s residence and were served with afternoon  tea there. The dinner took place at 8 p.m., and was admirably served by Mr. Jenkin’s staff. …

After the dinner and speeches were over the guests adjourned to the Belleville Club, where the remainder of the evening was spent and many old stories were revived by the members of the battalion. It was decided that the dinner next year would be held at Peterboro’, Ontario, and hope that we would have all the officers back by that time. The guests left in the noon train yesterday for their various destinations.”

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100 Years Ago: All Are Interested in Casualties, Thirty Thousand Men to Be Available for Duty, Celebration Planned on King’s Birthday, Poster for Canadian Naval Service, Summons to Soldiers of the Soil

The Intelligencer April 20, 1918 (page 1)

“All Are Interested. The great battle now raging in France will no doubt touch with sorrow many Canadian homes, and messages of loved ones having been killed or wounded may be expected to reach Belleville homes. The public are interested in the brave heroes who are sacrificing so much to preserve Canada from German domination, and The Intelligencer will publish news of casualties as soon as received if the relatives will give us the information.

Telephone or personal calls will be appreciated. ‘Phone 36.”

The Intelligencer April 20, 1918 (page 1)

“Canada’s Man Power Bill Passed Commons and Senate. Special Despatch  to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. It is stated today that upwards of sixty-six thousand men will be affected by the cancellation of exemptions under the order-in-council approved by both Houses of Parliament last night. Many of the men already exempted in these classes will of course be found physically unfit, but it is thought that thirty thousand men will be made available under the legislation approved by Parliament last night. Details of the calling up of these men are not yet perfected, but it will be done early in May.”

The Intelligencer April 20, 1918 (page 2)

“Soldiers’ Celebration Will Be a Hummer. Never has there been a more representative meeting than last night at the rooms of the Great War Veterans’ Association arranging for the holding of a monster celebration on the King’s Birthday, June 3rd. The citizen’s celebration committee met with the Veterans and appointed the various committees. …  It is needless here to mention the worthy aims and objects of the Veterans Association, for every person is behind our returned soldier boys.”

The Intelligencer April 20, 1918 (page 2)

Poster for Canadian Naval Service

“Officers Wanted for the Canadian Naval Service. Mate, age 23 to 40. Chief Artificer Engineer, age 25-59. Artificer Engineers, age 23-40.

The service also requires Engine Room Artificers, Carpenters, Stokers, Seamen, Cooks and Stewards. Naval Recruiting Officer, 103 Bay Street, Toronto, Ont.”

The Intelligencer April 20, 1918 (page 4)

“The Boys Are Coming. The summons to the Soldiers of the Soil was never more insistent than now when the call comes over the ocean sounding the imperative need of more fighting men to uphold the arms of Canada’s sons. …  ’Teen age boys in Canada have an opportunity now, the greatest in the world’s history, to replace the fighting men who have been called from the fields of production, and by helping to produce the most magnificent harvest in the history of Canada supply the food so urgently needed to ensure final and decisive victory.

Vacation with its pleasant visions of dreamy idleness among the blossoming hills and valleys of fair Canada and the delights of the ‘old swimming hole’ and other diversions, must be resolutely put aside in the higher joys of catching a place of honor on the second line of defence as Soldiers of the Soil.

Come on, boys! Play up and play the game for God and home and native land! and in after years each one of you will treasure with joy that S.O.S. medal which will be an honorable reminder of faithful and valued service to the Empire when the world was saved from the threat of German domination.”


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100 Years Ago: Great War Veterans’ Association Activities, George McIntosh Enlisted at 16

The Intelligencer April 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Ypres Anniversary. Members of the Great War Veterans’ Association of Belleville will on Sunday morning attend service at the Salvation Army barracks here. Commandant McElkiney, of Peterboro, will give the address. The occasion is the anniversary of the battle of Ypres. The 15th Battalion band will play the veterans to the barracks.”

The Intelligencer April 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Enlisted at Sixteen. Pte. George Stewart McIntosh arrived home last evening after two years interesting and exciting experience in the Canadian army which he wouldn’t swop for a tidy fortune. He enlisted when sixteen years of age and went overseas with the Queen’s Ambulance Corps and saw active service in France, being through the battle of Passchendaele, where the Canadians won undying glory, and other actions.

On account of his extreme youth he had difficulty remaining on active service and finally was mustered out for this reason. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John McIntosh, Hillcrest avenue. Private McIntosh’s brother, John, crossed the sea with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, was gassed and invalided to England, but has just returned to France in time to take part in the ‘big push’ now facing the Canadians, when it is quite on the cards that the Maple Leafs will give the Kaiser his final kick down the hill of defeat.”

[Note: Date of birth on attestation paper is Feb 16th 1898. Note on attestation paper “Actual age claimed on Feb 4th 1918: cable … shows date of birth 16th Feb 1900.]

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100 Years Ago: Great War Veterans’ Association Planning Celebration for Funds

The Intelligencer April 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Veterans Will Celebrate. The Belleville branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association purpose holding a celebration on June 3rd primarily to raise funds to carry on the very important work of the association in looking after the interests of returned soldiers and their families, but also as a ‘get-together’ day for the soldiers and their kinfolks and friends and well-wishers when everybody can ‘pack up their troubles in their old kit bags and smile, smile, smile.’

A fine program of sports will be arranged including horse races and other interesting features. The Veterans solicit the co-operation of all patriotic citizens to make the day a big success and are calling a meeting for Friday evening at eight o’clock in the Veterans’ Club rooms, Corby Building, Front street, to which is invited members of the Citizens Celebration Committee, citizens generally and horsemen in particular.”

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