100 Years Ago: Military Y.M.C.A. Sports, Last Khaki Club Night for 80th, Private Leveridge Dies of Wounds, Turriff Boy Enlists

The Intelligencer May 12, 1916 (page 2)

“Local Military Y.M.C.A. Sports. The presence of the whole of the 80th Battalion in this city has made possible the running off of the battalion baseball championship. The champions of the right half battalion league were the bandmen, who almost walked away with the games held in the armouries here during the winter. The Battalion championship title had to be decided then by games between the band, ‘C’ Company and ‘D’ Company.

These were staged at the park on three evenings and provided some very close games which were witnessed by enthusiastic supporters of all the teams. …  ‘C’ Company got the necessary extra run that decided the championship. Enthusiasm ran high and ‘C’ are prepared now to meet an all-star team from the remainder of the Battalion, and it will be the game of the season.

A challenge match in Association football between the left and right half battalions promises some good sport for an afternoon before the battalion leaves. An extra large number of the men are Old Country Soccer players and eager for an opportunity to display their skill in this direction.”

The Intelligencer May 12, 1916 (page 2)

“One More Club Night. Another of the long-to-be-remembered of Wednesday evenings was spent by the men of the 80th at the Khaki Club this week. …  The club was full and overflowing the whole evening. The hurry-up programme was faultless. It was in charge of Miss Milburn who has provided so many. …

It was typical Khaki Club evening. Everyone knew everyone else, and everyone took part in the choruses. The men sang as if determined that the songs would ring through the place till the 155th took it over as their rendezvous next fall. While every man is loud in his praises of the Khaki Club and its work, its real value and the large place it has filled will only be fully appreciated when a Wednesday comes and there is no Khaki Club to go to.

Though no evening before saw such a large attendance and only the afternoon was available for preparation of programme and refreshments everyone went away at 10:00 p.m. delighted and satisfied.”

The Intelligencer May 12, 1916 (page 7)

“Succumbed to Injuries. Word has been received that Pte. Leveridge of Coe Hill, who was seriously wounded while doing his duty at the front, had succumbed to his injuries.”

[Note: Private Frank Ernest Leveridge died on May 5, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 118 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 12, 1916 (page 8)

“Presented With Wrist Watch. A very pleasant evening was spent at the home of Miss Margaret Munro at Turiff on Monday, May 8th. The evening was spent in games and music, in the course of which Mr. Alex. McGibbon, who has donned the khaki to ‘do his bit’ for King and Country, was presented with a short address and a wrist watch as a slight token of the esteem in which he is held among his friends.

The young soldier boy responded very fittingly, after which lunch was served and all partook of the dainties, enjoying them. Several patriotic songs were sung, and the evening brought to a close with the singing of the National Anthem.”