100 Years Ago: Thomas Broad Killed in Action, 39th Battalion Parade, Collection Fraud, King and Queen Visit Tom Yateman

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Hastings Boy Killed in Action. The Death Is Officially Reported of Pte. Thos. Broad, Rimington. The following is a copy of the telegram received by Mr. Thos. Broad, Rimington, from Ottawa, informing him of the death of his son: Ottawa, Ont., June 9, 1915. To Thos. Broad, Rimington, Ont, Via Madoc,—Deeply regret to inform you 12681 Private Thomas Broad, 5th Battalion, officially reported killed in action. Adj.-General.”

[Note: Private Thomas Carlisle Broad died on May 24, 1915. He is commemorated on Page 6 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“39th Battalion Parade Before County Council. In honor of the County

The 39th Battalion marches south down Front Street from Bridge Street East in 1915.
The 39th Battalion marches south down Front Street from Bridge Street East in 1915.

Council and their action in granting $1,000 to the regimental fund of the 39th Battalion, the battalion paraded this morning in full strength, under command of Col. Preston. The soldiers presented a fine appearance and in their march past in front of the City Hall they were liberally applauded by the members of the Council and friends upon their soldierly appearance.

The battalion then paraded to the spacious lawn in front of the Armouries where they were drawn up in review order, with the colors recently presented to them. Col. Preston, commanding officer, said on behalf of the men that he was pleased to welcome the Warden of Hastings County and the members of the County Council. …  The money donated would be expended for the comfort of the men of the battalion, who were going to the front.

Warden Ketcheson addressed the battalion and expressed his pleasure on behalf of the County Council for the fine parade. All were proud of the 39th Battalion, who were going to the front to uphold the traditions of our forefathers, who did noble service for the Empire of which we form a part.”

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 1)

“Collection Fraud. Public Warned. School Children are Collecting for Imaginary Cots. Information has reached The Intelligencer that several children—who claim that they belong to one of the ward schools—have been collecting subscriptions for the purpose of providing cots for invalided soldiers in the residence of Mr. W.B. Northrup, which he has offered as a convalescent home.

The Chairman of the Board of Education states that no permission has been given the children to make these collections. Mr. Northrup also disclaims having given any authority for a collection to be made, and says the Government has thousands of cots.”

The Intelligencer June 18, 1915 (page 2)

“Mrs. Yateman, 82 Mill street, has received the following letters concerning her son, Tom, who has been wounded and is lying at Aldershot: London, N.E., May 31. My Dear Lylin and Walter—Nellie went to see Tom yesterday and he seems to be just the same. He is in no pain whatever, which is a blessing, and just wants to doze on and off. As I told you before he can have anything he wants, but it is very little he does want. Poor, dear boy, he is so very patient. He sends his love to you all.

We know this must be a great worry to you and we do think of you so much, but he is in God’s hands and perhaps it is well he is lying there in peace, better than some of the gas cases that are in that same hospital, gasping for breath, and some in such awful pain. But rest assured he can feel nothing of his wounds. Cheer up, leave him in the Almighty’s hands, and all will be right some day.

London, Eng. June 3. Dear Walter and Lylin:—I am glad to tell you that I have again visited poor Tom at Aldershot to-day. We found him much about the same, if anything a bit brighter in his conversation. We had a good hour’s quiet chat about everything. He showed us a book of views of Belleville, which he has just received by post, and pointed out all the spots of interest; one in particular, the river which runs at the back of your home.

He appears very hopeful of recovery and reckons to come to our home soon to play me billiards. He, of course, poor lad, does not know how bad he really is and is quite ignorant of the serious view the doctors at the hospital look upon his case.

King George V and Queen Mary
King George V and Queen Mary

He had the most distinguished visitors recently to wish him a speedy recovery. No less a personage than His Majesty the King. He spoke very kindly to him and said how proud he was of the Canadians and their bravery. I forgot to mention that the Queen also accompanied His Majesty and spoke cheerfully to him. …  Hoping all of you are well. With love from Amy and children. Yours faithfully, Herbert.”