100 Years Ago: Gallantry of 49th Hastings Rifles at Ypres, Cheese Board Makes Grant to 39th Battalion

The Intelligencer May 22, 1915 (page 7)

“Great Gallantry of 49th Hastings Rifles. France, May 5th, 1915. My Dear Colonel Ketcheson,—I feel it my duty to write to you to tell how the men of the 49th Hastings Rifles did honor to themselves, their country and the Empire; and yet, in relating the glorious achievements that they have accomplished there is a sadness and regrettable result in that some of the brave fellows have fallen.

Never were men called upon to show such courage and fortitude that these men were from April 23 to April 27, and I can only say, Colonel, that I am proud—as every officer is proud—of the behavior and conduct of these men under such fire. …  Accept my deepest sympathy for the loss of these gallant fellows. …  Fraternally yours, Richard D. Ponton, Capt., 2nd Batt.”

The Intelligencer May 22, 1915 (page 8)

“Cheese Board Makes Grant to 39th Batt. For Extra Comforts for the Men Who are Soon to Leave. At a very enthusiastic meeting of the Cheese Board this morning a grant of $500 was made to the 39th Battalion. This money will be used for extra comforts for the men, which were not supplied by the government.

Colonel Preston addressed the board and stated that he wanted $10,000 for this purpose and the government allowance would be entirely separate from this amount. …  The motion was unanimously passed upon the motion of Mr. Sprague, seconded by Mr. George Nicholson, of the Sidney Town Hall Cheese Board.”