100 Years Ago: Frederick Willard Dies, Thomas Yateman Welcomed Home, Letter from Ida Denmark, Ad for Victor Records, Sock-Knitting, Send-Off for 155th, Ad for Ritchie’s

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 1)

“Full Military Honors to Departed Soldier. The remains of the late Private Frederick Willard, who died in this city yesterday, were this morning taken to Stella, his former home for interment.

Deceased, who enlisted with the 80th Battalion, was ill when that battalion left for overseas and he was transferred to the 155th Battalion. Death resulted as the result of pneumonia. The departed soldier was accorded all honors it was possible to give him.

The members of the 155th Battalion, in command of Lt.-Col. Adams, marched to Tickell & Sons’ undertaking establishment, where the remains were placed on the hearse and conveyed to the G.T.R. station. The fine regimental band, under the capable leadership of Bandmaster Hinchey, led the solemn parade, playing funeral marches. The bugle band was also in attendance. Many citizens witnessed the cortege as it proceeded its way to the station.

Over the casket was draped the Union Jack, and the cap and belt of deceased found a resting place upon the casket. The bearers were Privates Phillips, Flavelle, Brownson, Wilkinson, Edmonson and McCann, who were comrades of deceased. Sergt. Vandervoort and Private Sullivan accompanied the remains to Stella.”

[Note: Private Frederick Willard died on May 18, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 182 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 3)

“Hearty Welcome to Returned Hero. Gunner Thomas Yateman Royally Received Upon Arrival in The City Yesterday. Despite the inclement weather yesterday afternoon, hundreds of citizens the large majority of whom were ladies, assembled at the C.N.R. station to await the arrival of the 2:15 C.P.R. train from the east. On board the train was Gunner Thomas Yateman, who a year ago was seriously wounded at St. Julien, and who was invalided home.

The bugle band and a number of the members of the 155th Battalion were present to welcome the returned hero. Owing to the nature of Yateman’s injuries, he was unable to walk, and was carried from off the train upon a stretcher and placed in the ambulance and conveyed to the Belleville Hospital, where he will receive every attention.

Cheers upon cheers greeted the returned hero as he was carried from the train to the ambulance. Yateman recognized his friends with a smile, and waved his hands. Upon the train were other soldiers who have done their bit and were being invalided home. The prospects are that Yateman will be confined to the hospital for some time.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 3)

“No. 2. Canadian Stationary Hospital, Outreau, France. 25—4—16. Dear Mrs. Lazier:—The box from the R.C. and P.A. of Belleville, came yesterday, for which many thanks. I kept the white gauze bandages (which are a great luxury) the wash-clothes, and hot water-bottle covers, for my own ward, and turned the remaining contents into the Matron’s office.

The box from the Belleville Cheese Board came at the same time. The contents were very, very acceptable. Will you kindly thank the contributors. I think the Matron is writing you also. We have a very nice hospital here, and get a good many Canadians. Only once have I had a Belleville boy here, he was Sergt. Slater. Such a nice boy.

It hardly seems possible that I have been over here nearly a year and a half, and apparently no chance of the war ending. I hope to remain with the same unit until I resign for good, which will probably be next October. So many nurses want to come out, and I, certainly am not indispensable.

I hear that Mary Hambly has gone back to Canada, so no doubt she will be able to tell you all the many experiences we have. Great excitement here this week with German aeroplanes right over the hospital. No damage done with their bombs, tho’. Again many thanks, and with kindest regards. Yours very sincerely, Ida Denmark.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 5)

Victor Records

“Patriotic Selections. Victor Records for May 24th. Harry Lauder’s Famous Recruiting Song at 98¢. The British Bulldog’s Watching at the Door.

The Trumpeter. John McCormack.

J.V. Doyle, Druggist, Belleville. C.W. Lindsay, Limited, 299 Front St. ‘Barrett’s Old Stand.’ ”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 7)

“Belleville Leads In Sock-Knitting. Mrs. John Colden of Hillcrest Avenue Has 300 Pairs to Her Credit and Still Turning Them Out. Among the champion knitters of socks for the soldier boys, and possibly the leader in our industrious city, is Mrs. John Colden of Hillcrest Avenue, who, besides attending to her household duties, has thus far turned out three hundred pairs, and is still ‘on the job.’

Others, too, are closely following, and if the present energy continues there may be ‘a corner in yarn’ before the war closes. An interesting scene in nearly every local household, is the lady with her knitting needles in hand transforming the yarn into comforts for the feet, the mother-love for our brave boys at the front causing many to work on Sunday from sheer force of habit. Credit? It should be bestowed in abundance.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916 (page 8)

“Belleville Will Give The 155th A Rousing Send-Off. The citizens will have a splendid opportunity to give our lads of the Quinte Battalion a grand send off on the 24th of May. This regiment, is more representative of the city and district than any corps yet sent over seas, as it is recruited entirely from Hastings and Prince Edward counties.

As a consequence, we may expect to see a tremendous crowd from throughout these two counties, as well as visitors from anywhere within a hundred miles of here, as the celebration has been extensively advertised, and will be unrivalled by the many counter celebrations of that day, as Belleville has by far the best programme to be given anywhere and a day of exceeding pleasure is promised to all who attend.

Let us get all together and boost for the 155th Overseas Battalion and for a great big smashing success of the Military Carnival at Belleville on Victoria Day, May 24th.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1916  (page 8)


“Ritchie’s Saturday Bargains. Decorate for the Holiday. 500 Canadian and Union Jack Flags To Sell at 3¢ each. All Mounted on Two Foot Sticks. Cotton Flags. Imitation Silk Flags. Wool Bunting Flags.”