100 Years Ago: 155th at Military Smoker, 80th at Khaki Club, Yateman Family Enlists, Paddy the 80th Battalion Dog

The Intelligencer April 6, 1916 (page 2)

“Presentation to Lieut. E. Elliott. Under the auspices of the non-commissioned officers of the 155th Battalion who have been attending the Provincial School of Instruction here, presided over by Lieut. E. Elliott, an enjoyable event took place last evening in the lecture room of the Armouries. It partook of the nature of a smoker, and proved to be one of the most pleasing functions held here for some time. A large number were present, including Lt.-Col. Adams, the popular commanding officer of the 155th Battalion, and a number of officers. All present appeared to be thoroughly at home.

During the evening a presentation was made to Lieut. E. Elliott on behalf of the members of the class under his tuition. This was made by Col. Adams for the donors. The present was a handsome silver cigarette case, and an amber cigarette mouth-piece. The latter was in a silver case, lined with gold. In making the presentation, Col. Adams referred to the excellent work done by Lieut. Elliott. Upon the cigarette case was engraved the following inscription: ‘Presented to Lieut. E. Elliott, by N.C.O.’s of class 8, 155th Battalion, April 5th, 1916.’

In response to the presentation the recipient made a most suitable address. The affair was then of an informal nature, and several present gave brief addresses, which were interspersed with songs. The proceeding closed by the singing of the National Anthem. At the conclusion of the programme refreshments were served.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1916 (page 2)

“At the Khaki Club Last Night. Now that the days the men of the 80th have to spend in Belleville are numbered, they are taking every advantage of every opportunity to attend the Khaki Club, where they have spent so many pleasant evenings. Though more than half the right half battalion is away on pass, there was a very large number at the Wednesday evening programme at the club last night. …  Several soldiers contributed to the programme, which finished about ten o’clock, after which the usual refreshments were served.

By way of variety quite a number of the men spent sometime in the canteen enjoying selections on the gramophone, presented last week. Everyone was highly delighted with it and can imagine how it will brighten the hours on the troop train, the transport and in the camps overseas.

The tea cosy presented to the Khaki Club and to be disposed of by them was drawn for at the Trench Tea on March 31st, when Mrs. Wheatley was fortunate in securing the valuable card.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1916 (page 7)

“Whole Family Enlists. If every family in Belleville was to contribute as many men to the Empire as the Yateman family of Mill St. has done, we would be able to raise a purely Belleville Battalion. Walter Yateman and his three sons are serving the colors; two have already received wounds on the field of battle. On Tuesday, Richard Yateman, the only remaining son home, went to the 155th recruiting office, passed the doctor and enlisted, so as to be able to avenge his brothers.”

The Intelligencer April 6, 1916 (page 8)

“Within the Military Circle. Belleville. No one has more friends round the barracks than ‘Paddy’ the 80th Battalion dog. He is devoted to anyone in khaki and knows the calls just as well as the men do. He attends all parades, mounts guard, and is always on hand when first post sounds at night, taking his place in the most comfortable corner of the guard room or the orderly room.

A week ago a large lump developed on his neck. While it did not seem serious Paddy was not as lively as usual. Everyone noticed it and it was decided that Paddy should see a doctor. Accordingly he was taken to Dr. Ackrill the veterinary by the Y.M.C.A. man. He decided in a jiffy just what was to be done and did it and Paddy chased away evidently much relieved and showing his appreciation in the best way he could.

The men wish to acknowledge Dr. Ackrill’s kindness. What he did seemed simple enough but without it we might have had no more Paddy. Dr. Ackrill said that as Paddy had ‘enlisted’ there would be no charge.”