100 Years Ago: Robert Tuite Invalided Home, Gifts to Three Soldiers of 155th Battalion

The Intelligencer May 26, 1916 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Bombardier Robert Tuite, son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Tuite, Belleville, who enlisted with a battery in Toronto, and went overseas with the first contingent, has been invalided home and at present is at his parent’s home on Alexander street. Robert did his bit for King and country, and was seriously wounded some months ago.”

The Intelligencer May 26, 1916 (page 2)

“Address And Gifts to Soldiers. On Tuesday evening, May 23rd, over thirty members of Belleville Council, No. 297, R. T. of Temperance, met at the home of Mrs. R.J. Anderson, Hillside street, ostensibly to spend a social hour, but in reality to bid adieu to three members of the Council who have enlisted with the 155th Battalion.

Following a season of songs, music and recitations, Bro. Jno. Henley, Select Councillor, took command of the event, …  Bro. Vice Councillor B.O. Frederick following with an address to Bros. J.E. Dunlop, R.E. Minns and W.J. Mitts. …

We all feel proud to know that you, our Brothers, have had the courage and have felt it to be your duty to listen to your King and Country’s call this the hour of need. …  We rejoice that you had previously enlisted with us to assist in banishing from our midst what Lloyd George has said to be a greater enemy than either Germany or Austria, the drink traffic, and we all rejoice in the success we have obtained. …

In conclusion we ask you to accept this money belt and fountain pens as a slight remembrance of your sisters and brothers of Belleville Council. …  Sister Grand Vice Councillor Mrs. Robt. Anderson made the presentation after which a splendid lunch was served by Sister Anderson to all present.”

[Note: R. T. of Temperance = Royal Templars of Temperance.]