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The Community Archives of Belleville and Hastings County preserves the history of our community through the records of local governments, individuals, families, businesses and organizations. Find us in the Belleville Public Library building at 254 Pinnacle Street, Belleville, Ontario.

The archives is open Monday to Thursday, 9.30am to 12pm and 1pm to 4pm and on Friday and Saturday by appointment.

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Belleville in World War I

Follow the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County as they face the challenges of the home front during the First World War through excerpts from The Daily Intelligencer, August 1914 to November 1918.

100 Years Ago: Private Robert Logue Awarded Military Medal

The Intelligencer July 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Military Medal For Bravery. For outstanding bravery in attending wounded comrades under shell fire during the battle of the Somme, Pte. R. Logue, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, June 24, 1915, was awarded the Military Medal.

Pte. Logue’s decoration has just been received from the Canadian Record Office at London, England, by his aunt, Mrs. Robert Stewart, 16 East Moira Street.

Pte. Logue’s mother is Mrs. John Logue, who is at present visiting in Buffalo. He has two brothers in uniform. Gunner Fred Logue, with the Canadian Horse Artillery in France and Pte. Leo Logue with the 235th Battalion in training in England. An other brother, Walter Logue of Oshawa, tried to enlist, but was not accepted.”

100 Years Ago: Mail Service by Aeroplane

The Intelligencer July 16, 1917 (page 3)

“Aeroplane Mail Service. As an evidence of the possibilities of aerial navigation in peace times the delivery of mail in Belleville yesterday may be taken as the forerunner of future competition by sky skimmers with railways and ships in transporting passengers and mail.

A number of aviators from Camp Mohawk came up Saturday and were guests over Sunday at the Hotel Quinte. Their letters arriving at the Camp post office after their departure were tied up in a bundle and Sunday morning brought to the city by an aviator who circled about until directly over the Hotel Quinte when he dropped the letters to his comrades awaiting below. His aim was good and the mail delivery was perfect.”

100 Years Ago: Gunner Phillips Arrives Home

The Intelligencer July 13, 1917 (page 2)

“Soldier Hero Arrives Home. Gunner E. L. Phillips, who enlisted with the 34th Battery, 1st Contingent, arrived at his home, Church Street, yesterday afternoon. He was wounded in April, 1916, and since that time has been in Hospitals in England.

Returning to Canada three weeks ago he was taken to the Mowat Sanitarium, Kingston, but was allowed two weeks’ leave to visit his mother. Ernie was one of the first to enlist when war broke out, and he now carries a number of scars and wounds.”

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