100 Years Ago: Foxboro Patriotic Event, Motion Pictures of Canada’s Forces

The Intelligencer November 27, 1915 (page 1)

“Patriotic Efforts Prove Successful. Under the able leadership of Mrs. Dr. J.A. Faulkner of Foxboro, who is at the head of the Red Cross movement of Thurlow township a most successful function took place at Foxboro on Thursday afternoon and evening of this week. During the afternoon a bazaar was held in Gowsell’s hall which was well patronized and a goodly sum was realized from articles offered for sale.

In the early part of the evening tea was served in the Presbyterian church, after which a platform meeting was held in the Methodist church ably presided over by Mr. John Elliott, manager of the Standard Bank in Belleville. A programme was rendered which was thoroughly enjoyed and the addresses given were all that could have been desired. They were not only of a patriotic nature, but tended much to assist in recruiting. …  The proceeds from all sources amounted to upwards of $2,000.”

The Intelligencer November 27, 1915 (page 2)

Scotts Theatre

“Coming to Scott’s Theatre. The official motion pictures of Canada’s Fighting Forces in Europe, which for the first time was shown to the public at the Russell Theater, Ottawa, last week. These films are the only ones of their kind and have the authorization of the Canadian Government. They picture the exploits of the Canadian divisions leaving Canada, crossing the Atlantic, arriving in England. Our troops being reviewed by H.M. the King, Lord Kitchener, General Sam Hughes, Premier Borden and staffs. They also show the arrival of the Canadian wounded from the front; the Canadian hospitals in England.

Sergeant Wells, who was for four months a prisoner of war in Germany will lecture on the films as they are shown and during an interval will tell how the Canadians saved the day at Ypres, the battle in which he lost his arm. Also of his experiences in the prison camps in Germany. …

All true Canadians should see these films and give the boys who are now in the trenches, their hearty applause. These pictures will be shown in Scott’s Theatre, Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, November 29, 30 and December 1st. Matinee Daily at 2.30. Prices, evening, 25¢, 35¢, and 50¢. All seats reserved. Matinees’ general admission 25¢.”