100 Years Ago: Eddie O’Flynn Wounded, Canadian Casualties, Joseph Banville Wounded, Smith Hardware’s Rose Day Ad

The Intelligencer June 9, 1916 (page 1)

Captain Eddie025“Captain Eddie O’Flynn Wounded at Verdun. Citizens of Belleville last evening learned with deep regret that Capt. Eddie D. O’Flynn had been wounded, and numerous were the enquiries in reference to his injuries. It was a relief to his parents here and citizens generally when it became known that the brave young officer was not fatally injured.

This morning his father, Mr. F.E. O’Flynn, barrister, received the following official notice: Ottawa, June 8th, 1916, F.E. O’Flynn, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you Capt. Edmund D. O’Flynn, Infantry, officially reported suffering from shell shock, June 6th. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge of Record Office.

Capt. O’Flynn left Belleville with the First Canadian Contingent, and was a popular officer of the 15th Regiment of this city, being a captain of a company. He was also a member of the City Council, having been elected in 1914 as an alderman, receiving a large vote.

He was deservedly popular with all classes of citizens who will join with the Intelligencer in the wish that he may soon be restored to health. Since the outbreak of the war and whilst at the front he has displayed that bravery which is characteristic of the British and Canadian race.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1916 (page 1)

“Wounded and Missing Canadians Will Reach Six Thousand. Ottawa. The toll taken of Canadians in the fighting which began on the first day of June, upon the Ypres salient, has been officially indicated by the Minister of Militia.

On Parliament Hill, in the course of his address presenting the colors to the 77th Regiment, General Hughes used the following expression: ‘Within a week upwards of six thousand of your comrades have fallen. The great majority, wounded, are already clamoring to be allowed back into the fray, but many of the gallant lads have gone down. We deeply mourn their loss, but that loss affords an inspiration for tens of thousands more to take their place.’ ”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1916 (page 3)

“Gunner Banville Wounded. Captain Fagan, 59 South George Street, this morning received the following telegram from Ottawa:—’Sincerely regret to inform you No. 40139 Gunner Joseph L. Banville, artillery, officially reported admitted to Dartford War Hospital, June 5th. Wounded slightly in nose. Will send further particulars when received.—Officer in charge, Record Office.’

Gunner Joe Banville enlisted with the 34th Battery, C.F.A., in August 1914 and went to the front a year ago last February with the first contingent. He has no relatives here, but was employed at the Rolling Mills. He boarded with Capt. Fagan for over a year.”

The Intelligencer June 9, 1916 (page 8)

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