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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: Michael Gorman Is Wounded

The Intelligencer August 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Corporal Michael H. Gorman, who left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, has been officially reported wounded. The following telegram was received by Mrs. Gorman: Ottawa, Aug. 7, 1917. Mrs. E. Gorman, 34 Bettes St., Belleville. Sincerely regret inform you No. 155131, Corp. Michael Harry Gorman, infantry, officially reported admitted to general hospital, Camiers, July 20, 1917. Gunshot wounds, multiple. Will send further particulars when received.”

100 Years Ago: Food Pledge Cards Issued, Poster Calling for Men to Harvest

The Intelligencer August 8, 1917 (page 5)

“Food Pledge Cards Issued. Ottawa. Adopting the system which has met with such splendid success in Great Britain, and which has been followed by the United States, pledge cards by which it is planned that every Canadian household shall enlist in a vigorous campaign to reduce waste of exportable foods, such as flour and other wheat products, and beef and bacon, have been prepared at the instance of the Food Controller for Canada and will be used in a house-to-house canvass conducted by provincial and local organizations which have been formed in connection with the Food Controller’s work. The first shipment of these cards went out from the Government printing bureau to-day.

The form of pledge is headed by the Canadian Coat of Arms and the words, ‘Food Service Pledge.’ Blank spaces are left at the bottom for the name of the housewife and the address. The number of people in the house is also to be inserted. The pledge itself reads as follows:

‘Realizing the gravity of the food situation and knowing that Great Britain and our Allies look to Canada to help shatter Germany’s threat of starvation. I pledge myself and my household to carry out conscientiously the advice and directions of the Food Controller that requisite foodstuffs may be released for export to the Canadian Divisions, the British forces and people, and the allied armies and nations.’

Cards for Windows. On the other side of the card the householder is requested to hang the pledge in the dining room where the members of the household will be reminded of their obligation daily.

A duplicate card is attached to the original copy by a perforated fold. This duplicate will also be signed by the householder, torn off and returned to the canvasser to be filed at provincial headquarters.

Accompanying the pledge card is a card of the same size to be hung in the front window of each house where the public can see it, and the members of the household may read the imperative reasons for food saving set forth on the back.”

The Intelligencer August 8, 1917 (page 6)

“Help Build the Bulwark Against Famine! Go—help—now. Ontario’s Record Harvest must be garnered. It would be criminal to lose a sheaf of it for want of labour.

Rouse you, Men of Ontario, show Canada—your brothers overseas—the Motherland—her Allies—AND OUR ENEMIES, TOO, that for you, no task is too great—no obstacle insurmountable.

Belleville Men Register at the Mayor’s Office.”

100 Years Ago: Private Leo Sullivan Recovering, The Call of the Farm

The Intelligencer August 7, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Sullivan Is Recovering. The following telegram from the Director of Records, Militia Department, Ottawa, has been received by Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan in regard to her soldier husband who has been undergoing treatment in an English military hospital: Ottawa, Ont., Aug. 3, 1917. Mrs. Kathleen Sullivan, 143 Lingham St., Belleville, Ont. Cable received from England states 636679 Private Leo. Sullivan at 1st Southam general hospital, doing very well, to be discharged shortly. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer August 7, 1917 (page 4)

“The Call of the Farm. Ontario with the greatest crops in the history of the province faces the calamity of being unable to harvest the foodstuffs so much needed by the world today. …  Well-fed and prosperous Canadians are slow to awake to the real seriousness of the situation. With crops larger than ever before no vision of want threatens the average Canadian in his thoughtless complacency.

Does he forget that millions of men have been taken from the fields and productive agencies of the world to kill and destroy. Men employed formerly in production now devote all their energies to destruction. And these men have to be fed. Canada’s 400,000 fighting men, most of them overseas have to be fed, and as Food Controller Hanna says, will be fed first, and the foodstuffs of Canada will be conserved so that the needs of the army will always be protected. …

Many have answered the call—even women and boys are gathering in the golden grain, and setting a glorious example to the men to get into overalls and escape from the pent-up city and town to the sweet-smelling healthy air of the country where patriotism and pleasure can be so delightfully blended.”

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