100 Years Ago: Presentation to Queen Alexandra School, Belleville Boys Wounded, New Testament for 80th Battalion Soldiers, More Magazines Wanted

The Intelligencer May 9, 1916 (page 2)

“Presentation to Queen Alexandra School. Lieut.-Col. Marsh and Mrs. Marsh presented to the Cadets of Queen Alexandra School two drums for use in their drilling. They will be of great service to assist in regularity of marching and Col. and Mrs. Marsh’s kindness is very much appreciated by the faculty and scholars of the school.

The condition of the Queen Alexandra School Corps is first class, and the interest which the boys have in their company will be very much increased by the thoughtfulness of Col. Marsh.”

The Intelligencer May 9, 1916 (page 7)

“Belleville Boys Wounded. The names of 40459, Driver William McKenna, and Lieut. John Gordon Murray, both of Belleville, are mentioned in today’s casualty list as wounded, also Charles Doyle, 37 Cedar street, this city.”

The Intelligencer May 9, 1916 (page 7)

“A Present For Every Soldier. At 8:30 this morning on the barracks parade ground a muster parade of the 80th Battalion was held at which every man received a copy of the New Testament and a devotional booklet from his own denomination.

The New Testaments were secured from the Upper Canada Bible Society by Mr. Sharpe of the Military Y.M.C.A. and were presented to the men as they filed by, by Capt. Milton, a staff chaplain from headquarters at Kingston. They are a military edition, neatly bound in khaki and convenient in size.

After the Testaments were issued, His Worship Mayor Ketcheson presented a Prayer Book secured from the Bishop of Kingston by the Chaplain, Capt. Ketterson, to every Anglican soldier.

Following this the remainder of the men were issued a neat packet containing an attractive book given to the soldiers jointly by all the non-Anglican Protestant denominations. These were secured from the Rev. T. Albert Moore by the Military Y.M.C.A. and were handed to the men by Mayor Ketcheson.

As the Roman Catholic soldiers are being looked after by their church, every man has some token of goodwill from his church to take along with him.

Following the distribution of the books, Col. Ketcheson presented the prizes of the Y.M.C.A.’s military bowling league to the successful teams. …  The bowling league, which was conducted by Mr. Sharpe, was started on the Y.M.C.A. alleys and transferred to the armouries as soon as they were ready. About one hundred men took part, and at least three hundred saw the games.”

The Intelligencer May 9, 1916 (page 7)

“More Magazines Wanted. The Military Y.M.C.A. is urgently in need of more magazines in order to be able to put one in every seat in the coaches for the men and still have plenty for use on the boat.

Those having short story magazines or illustrated papers will greatly help if they can deliver them to the Y.M.C.A., or if impossible, inform Mr. Sharpe and they will be called for.”