100 Years Ago: Invalided Soldiers Arrive at Quebec, Canadians Cut Wood in Britain, Tom Vance Wounded Again, Khaki Club Provides Parcels for 80th, 155th Battalion to Present Military Carnival

The Intelligencer May 16, 1916 (page 1)

“Returning Soldiers Arrive at Quebec. The Allan liner Scandinavian, arrived at dawn with mails, general cargo, and besides other passengers, 158 invalided soldiers. Among the latter is J.N. Cullett, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1916 (page 1)

“1,500 Canadian Woodsmen Are At Work In Britain. London. The President of the Board of Trade said in the House of Commons to-day that fifteen hundred Canadian woodsmen had come here to cut timber. ‘We are so short of timber that the work must be done forthwith, though every endeavour is being made to do it economically,’ he said.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1916 (page 3)

“Corporal Vance For Second Time Wounded. Mrs. Wm. Vance, who at present resides at Consecon, Prince Edward County, but formerly lived in Belleville, yesterday received the following telegram: Ottawa, Ont. May 13, 1916. Mrs. Wm. Vance, Consecon, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you, 8266 Corporal Thos. Vance, infantry, officially reported admitted No. 3 Field Ambulance; April 27th. Shell shock. Will send further particulars when received. Record Officer.

Corporal Vance above referred to is well known in the city where he has many friends. This is the second time he has been wounded whilst upon active service. In April, 1915, at Langemarck he was wounded in the hip, and for some months was in a hospital in England. Upon recovering he again went to the front only to receive his second baptism of fire. His many friends will wish for him a speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1916 (page 3)

“At the Khaki Club. Eleven hundred parcels of ham and tongue sandwiches were made for the men of the 80th for their journey to Halifax. Each parcel contained four sandwiches. Twelve hundred oranges and twelve hundred boxes of Player cigarettes were put on board the train. The Khaki Club was splendidly helped in this work, both by cash and workers.”

The Intelligencer May 16, 1916 (page 7)

Military Carnival

“Victoria Day, 1916, is to be fittingly celebrated in Belleville, the 155th Battalion presenting the first big Military Carnival ever held in the City of the Bay. Excursions will be run from North, South, East and West, and without a doubt the capacity of the Driving Park will be strained to contain the crowd.

The fine programme in the morning, consisting of spectacular motor boat races, sailing and canoe races and other aquatic sports as well as a big Band Concert on Victoria Island Park, will make the best morning programme attempted yet.

Next, the Grand Military and Industrial Street Parade at 1 o’clock, will be a feature worth travelling miles to see. The parade will be headed by our own 155th Bay of Quinte Battalion, and will be the last opportunity of seeing them on parade in our district. Following our boys in Khaki will be a Trade and Automobile procession, etc.

At the grounds an unrivalled afternoon of amusement has been prepared, thrilling automobile and motor cycle races, baseball game between the Ontarios of Belleville and the 155th Battalion ball team, field sports of all kinds, and high class horse races; there will be two classes, 2.15 and 2.3 class, as well as a one mile running race. The running race has already eight entries, and promises to furnish the most exciting racing event ever given in this city.

Each event of this big day is easily worth coming miles to see, but the last Grand Military Review before the Grand Stand will make every one happy to have spent Victoria Day in Belleville.”