100 Years Ago: Recruiting Posters, Patriotic Fund, Captain O’Flynn Writes

The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 2)

Recruiting posters, paintings and photographs are shown in window display at Ritchie's, Belleville, March, 1915  (HC04894 detail)“Patriotic Window Display at Ritchie’s. A Splendid Showing of the Original Recruiting Posters. The contents of the window are the property of Col. Ponton, and make an extremely timely and unique display; bringing home to us here in Belleville the methods used in the Mother-country to secure soldiers for defence of the Empire.

Many of the official recruiting posters shown were sent to Col. Ponton by his son, Lieutenant R.D. Ponton, before leaving England for the firing line; while some of the latest ones published have just been received from Arthur Playford, London, England. They are indeed works of art, with the one appeal to you—’Enlist Now, your King and Country need you’; one particularly striking one being a little larger than the rest entitled ‘Remember Scarborough; Enlist To-day’.

In Britain these posters are also reproduced in photographic slides, and shown throughout the length and breadth of the land. Throughout the window there are several other paintings and photographs of timely interest, making a very striking and interesting display.

Col. Ponton informs us that these recruiting posters will be shown in prominent Toronto and Ottawa stores after Belleville citizens have viewed them in the South window of the Ritchie Co. store.”


The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 5)

“This Shall Not Be a War Upon Our Women and Children. …  Give Without Measure Give Without Measure (Intelligencer, 24 March 1915)To the Belleville Patriotic Fund. …  Give! Give! Give! Thirty Thousand Dollars in two days. …  Remember the War. Will you help the soldiers by helping the wives & children. What Will Your Answer Be? We never had such a war. We never had such a drafting of our young and lusty men. We never had so many wives and families left without their natural protectors. We have promised to care for those left behind. Let us not fail in this great and sacred duty. FALL INTO LINE”


The Intelligencer March 24, 1915 (page 7)

“Captain O’Flynn Writes Home. Says Belleville Boys are Well and Always Ready for Action. …  he says that the experience in the trenches is such a novel one that one never will forget it. The Germans are a cheerful bunch of fellows and they often hear them singing at night and at times not a shot is heard, nothing but an awful silence, which is much worse than a fusilade of shots. At times if it were not for the casualties one would imagine they were all actors playing a part for the movies. …  He says he never was so proud of the British soldiers as he is to-day. It is wonderful what they have gone through during the long winter months.”