100 Years Ago: Honours to Belleville Soldier, Recruiting Depot Opened, Letter to Lumber Manufacturers

The Intelligencer March 7, 1916 (page 2)

“Honors to a Belleville Soldier. An item which appeared in The Intelligencer yesterday announced that Lieut. F.B. Day of the Canadian A.M.C., had been appointed temporary captain. This refers to Gunner Day, son of Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Day of Belleville, who left here in the first Canadian Contingent with the 34th Battery.

For 12 months Gunner Day was on the firing line and was made Bombardier, which position he filled for some time. He was recently given 7 days’ leave of absence, during which time the appointment of temporary captain was given him. His many friends in Belleville will wish for Gunner Day every success in his new appointment, which no doubt he justly deserved.”

[Note: Canadian A.M.C. = Canadian Army Medical Corps]

The Intelligencer March 7, 1916 (page 2)

“A recruiting depot for the Forestry (224) Battalion has been opened at 40 Bridge St. A window display consisting of axes, chains, shovels, peavies, etc. such as used by shantymen and bushmen is attracting much attention. The success of the Forestry Battalion in this district is assured.”

The Intelligencer March 7, 1916 (page 2)

“Mr. Schuster, officer in charge of the 224th Overseas Canadian Foresters Battalion, is mailing the following letter to the various lumber manufacturers in this district. The letter is self-explanatory:

224th Overseas Canadian Forestry Battalion, Belleville, Ont., Mar. 6th, 1916. Dear Sirs,—I beg to advise you that I have been authorized by the Minister of Militia to recruit and command the 224th Overseas Canadian Forestry Battalion.

This battalion is being formed at the very urgent request of the British War Office for the purpose of getting out timber in the British Isles and France for use at the front. The War Office find it necessary to do this owing to the fact that ocean tonnage is becoming so scarce it is impossible to secure timber from this country.

Recruiting officers of this battalion will call at your camps, starting next week, and naturally we will expect you to give them every assistance possible towards securing the proper men, in order that this regiment may be a credit to the lumbermen of Canada.

We are forwarding you under separate cover some posters, dodgers, etc., and would be greatly obliged if you would have the posters put up in conspicuous places and the dodgers distributed amongst the men. Yours very truly, Alexander McDougall, Lieut.-Colonel. W.E. Schuster, Officer in charge at Belleville, Ont.”

[Note: dodger = a small handbill]