100 Years Ago: Belleville Soldiers Wounded in Action, Britain Prepared Pictures Given Private View in Toronto, Recruiting Lacks Interest

The Intelligencer June 12, 1916 (page 2)

“Belleville Soldiers Wounded in Action. When the news was flashed across the wires yesterday that the Canadian casualty list contained 500 names it was feared that amongst the brave Canadians would appear the names of some Belleville boys, and such proved to be the case. At least one has been killed, namely Walter Craig, and a number have been wounded as the following telegrams indicate:”

Mr. Walter Alford of this city received the following telegram announcing the wounding of his son, Lieut. Newton Alford. Ottawa, June 12th. Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. Newton Alford, Engineer, officially reported admitted to Number Seven Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, June 11; gun shot wound in arm. Will send further particulars when received. (Signed) Office in charge, Record Office.

Ottawa, June 10th. Daniel Post, 375 Front St., Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you 113488 Pte. Bert Post, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to No. 14 General Hospital, Windereux, June 3rd; wounded severely in back. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge, Record Office.

Ottawa, June 10. Mrs. A. Hodge, 57 East Cemetery St., Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you 143296 Private David Hodge, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to No. 25 General Hospital, Hardelot, June 3rd; wounded slightly in arm. Will send further particulars when received. Officer Record Office.

Mr. Frank Bryant of this city on Saturday afternoon received a message that his son, Private Edward Bryant, had been wounded in the back and was in a hospital at Boulogne.

Privates Post and Bryant referred to above were similarly wounded by shrapnel, and were attached to the 8th Mounted Rifles. All the wounded are well known Belleville boys, who have many friends in this city, and the general wish is expressed that their wounds may not be of a serious nature.

Among the list of Canadian casualties appears the name of J. Bruce Robb, son of Mr. W.D. Robb; superintendent of the G.T.R. motive power, who is reported wounded. He was a member of the Patricia Regiment, and is a young man who is well and favorably known in this city.”

The Intelligencer June 12, 1916 (page 3)

Griffin's Opera House006“Britain Prepared Pictures Were Given Private View. A private view of the moving pictures, ‘Britain Prepared,’ which are being shown at Griffin’s Opera House tonight and tomorrow, matinee and night, was given recently in the Winter Garden preparatory to their presentation in Toronto. The pictures were shown on a much smaller screen than was used in Massey Hall, and lacked the orchestral accompaniment, under the circumstances the verdict of the cold-blooded critic was unprejudiced. …

These pictures can’t tell the enemy anything that will help him in any way, while showing them to the allies will do a lot of good. As for British people the world over—well, if they were never proud of being British before, these pictures will make them proud all right now.

The film starts where Kitchener started—in the raising and training of a brand new army. This will eventually prove one of the most remarkable chapters in British history—how under the volunteer system a British army of four millions of men, one of the largest armies in the world, and the largest the British Empire ever marshalled, sprang to arms, was raised, equipped, and trained while the war was on, and sent to the front to beat the German conscript army!

Intensely interesting, too, it was to see the vast scale upon which the making of munitions is now going on in Britain, thousands of women and girls helping in the work. …

The pictures are to have their first public showing here on Monday afternoon; and on Monday evening Sir John Hendrie and a Government House party will be present, and Sir John is to speak from the platform.”

The Intelligencer June 12, 1916 (page 8)

“Recruiting Lacks Interest. Recruiting in and around Belleville has fallen off very greatly since the departure of the 80th and 155th Battalions.

Even the members of the Speakers’ Patriotic League evince little interest judging from the slim attendance at the meeting Saturday night at the Armouries. The meeting was announced in the press and many members were notified personally, with the result that the following only were present: E. Guss Porter, K.C., M.P., President; W.C. Mikel, KC, Secretary; His Honor Judge Wills, Major Dr. McColl, R. Tannahill, W.J. Campbell, Lieut. Lynn and John Kerr. Nobody interested directly in the batteries was present.

Lieut. Lynn of the 155th, the recruiting officer, stated that 250 men were required for the 155th, also men for the 52nd and 74th Batteries, and the 235th Battalion in the adjoining county was also looking for recruits. A new battalion will be started in a short time

In the discussion that took place the information came out that Prince Edward County had done about the worst in this district in furnishing men. This seems remarkable in view of the fact that the county was settled by U.E. Loyalists and the people as a class regarded as very loyal.

The meeting adjourned to Thursday night at the Armouries at 8 p.m., when the election of officers will take place.”