100 Years Ago: Valentine’s Reception for 80th and 155th Battalions

The Intelligencer February 15, 1916 (page 2)

“Reception to Members of 80th and 155th Battalions. The ladies in connection with St. Thomas’ Anglican Church last evening at the Parish Hall, Bridge street, were at home to the officers, non-commissioned officers and members of the 80th and 155th Battalions. Many who are members of these battalions were present and everything possible was done to make the brave defenders of our Empire feel at home.

Rev. Canon Beamish, rector of St. Thomas church, was present and accorded a hearty welcome to all who presented themselves at the door. It proved to be a thoroughly at home affair, and this spirit permeated the whole proceedings. Many were present and all thoroughly enjoyed themselves. …

During the evening refreshments consisting of coffee, sandwiches and cake, were served in the dining hall in the basement. The hall had been most appropriately decorated for the occasion, red hearts being the chief decorations in commemoration of St. Valentine’s Day. The ladies in charge were most assiduous in their efforts to look after the comfort of their guests, and it would be unwise to designate any in particular, as all vied with each other in their efforts to excel.

At the close of the evening’s entertainment brief remarks were made by …  Col. Adams of the 155th Battalion, who expressed the thanks on behalf of the officers and men present for the hospitality which had been extended to them.”