100 Years Ago: 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles March to Belleville, Piper’s Band Precedes Regiment

The Intelligencer August 13, 1915 (page 2)

“8th C.M.R. March to Belleville. Will Arrive in City From Napanee This Evening. At 8:30 a.m. yesterday, Kingston citizens who were on Princess street, saw something which has probably never before been seen on Kingston Sts. It was the 8th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, under Lieut-Col. J.R. Munro in full war regalia on the start of a hundred mile march through the country. Every man was mounted. The men were in their shirt sleeves, and ‘business’ was the word they suggested. On each horse the rider took with him his blanket, rifle, mess-tin, water bottles and bandoliers. …

The route taken to Belleville was along Ontario street to Princess street and straight out to Napanee. At the exhibition grounds in Napanee it was planned to spend the night.”

The Intelligencer August 13, 1915 (page 2)

“Official Reception. Front street, before the City Hotel this morning, about half-past eleven o’clock, was the scene of a very inspiring series of musical selections. The musicians were the Piper’s Band of the 8th C.M.R. of Barriefield, who preceded their regiment to Belleville by train. The band includes 4 pipers and several drummers, all adepts with their instruments. The pipers, while not in Highland regalia, do not look out of place, the spurs, bandoliers and khaki serving in please of kilt and sporan.

After treating their audience to an impromptu concert the boys from Barriefield marched to their headquarters, to await the coming of their comrades.”

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100 Years Ago: Baldwin Ward Recruiting Rally, 8th Mounted Rifles Recruit, Thomasburg Patriotic Meeting

The Intelligencer August 11, 1915 (page 2)

“Recruiting Rally in Baldwin Ward. The attendance at the Baldwin ward Recruiting Rally last night, was the largest yet. Over eight hundred men women and children were there, sitting on chairs, or standing on the beautiful lawn. …

Mr. O’Flynn, when called upon, spoke right to the point, and was listened to with the more eagerness as he has a son, (Capt. O’Flynn) over in Flanders fighting for the Empire. …  Belleville and the County of Hastings had nothing to be proud of. They had not stood up with other townships and cities of equal size. They had been so self-centred that they had no time for the national danger. But the Belleville boys who had gone had proven equal to the best. They were boys to be proud of,—all trumps. Those who left now, deserve double praise, for they know their danger and were bravely facing it. This war makes men of the boys who went.

‘We must send on a never ending stream of reinforcements,’ concluded the speaker ‘to drive the heathen back. Stand by the right, send on our boys. God will protect them, and in the future, when we tell of the part Belleville took in the Big War, it will be with honest pride and satisfaction.’ (Applause).

Mr. J.W. Johnson, M.P.P., gave a very interesting address which was listened to with close interest. …  The serious peril facing the country is the supreme cause now; nothing else can be allowed to stand in the way of the Empire’s defence. …  At the meeting at which the recruiting campaign was started and also at other meetings of men for patriotic purposes those present were often obliged to ask what men are holding back who should be with us in our efforts. We wondered at the indifference of some of the ministers and still have cause to wonder. It is not too late for their influence to be exerted, the cause needs it and who should render more willing or could render greater service?”

The Intelligencer August 11, 1915 (page 3)

“Men Wanted! The 8th Mounted Rifles Want Recruits. Apply to Lieut. D.M. McCarger Inside Armouries.”

Men Wantred 8th Mounted Rifles

The Intelligencer August 11, 1915 (page 7)

“Patriotic Meeting at Thomasburg. Over 500 people gathered in the beautifully decorated grounds of the church at Thomasburg on Monday evening and blazing bonfires of white pine erected on concrete pillars like beacon fires, made the scene most romantic and picturesque. …  Over $100 was taken at the gate by the Women’s Institute and over $60 at the booth. Dainty refreshments were served.

Mr. Elliott as chairman introduced each speaker felicitously with current comment of his own. …  Mr. Ketcheson made a rousing recruiting speech appealing directly to the boys to shoulder their responsibilities. …  Rev. Mr. Richards is a new asset of the Church militant and Thomasburg is to be congratulated on the young and vigorous minister. …  Colonel Ponton brought the traditions of the past to bear upon the duties of the present. …

The townships of Hungerford and Huntingdon were well represented at this most enthusiastic gathering which is only one link in a great campaign.”

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100 Years Ago: Letter from Harry Thomas

The Intelligencer May 31, 1915 (page 3)

“Driver H. Thomas, of 32nd Battery, 1st Brigade, now at the front, writes to his father, Mr. G.I. Thomas, 377 Front St. Belleville: Dear Father and mother and all—We had a very hot time for a while, but we are out, having a rest and getting prepared to go in again. I suppose you have heard about Leo Ross and Gomes being killed. They died game anyway, and they were always on the job; it’s too bad, but they died for a good purpose, didn’t they?

Well, dad, it has rained all day and still at it now. We had a party last evening at our battery; it was got up by our captain. We had a fine time. We had beer, cigars, cigarettes and etc., and had a good time all right. I received a letter last evening from Larry and it was sure full of news. Love to all, HARRY THOMAS.”

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