100 Years Ago: Recruits to Aid Farmers, Belleville Man Is Wounded, 80th Battalion Member Dies

The Intelligencer April 4, 1916 (page 2)

“An order has been issued from the Militia Department that all men of good character who wish to engage in the spring ploughing and seeding may secure a month’s furlough by application to the Adjutant of their Battalion. Men availing themselves of this opportunity may secure transportation to any point within three hundred miles. Many of the local boys have expressed their intention of aiding the farmers by taking advantage of this opportunity.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1916 (page 5)

“Belleville Man Receives Wounds. Mrs. Lorimer, 413 Bleecker Avenue, has received a telegram stating that her son, Pte. Jas. W. Lorimer, of the 20th Battalion, has been wounded in the left thigh and arm on the 16th of March, and is now in the clearing hospital. Further particulars have been promised.”

The Intelligencer April 4, 1916 (page 7)

“Private Aldie Campbell, a member of the 80th Battalion of Belleville, died last night from pneumonia at the General Hospital. Deceased is a young unmarried man of twenty-two years of age, and his home previous to his enlistment was in Haliburton. The remains were taken to the Belleville Burial Co.’s undertaking parlors where the body was prepared for burial.”

[Note: Private Aldie Campbell died on April 3, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 63 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]