100 Years Ago: Canadian Women Demand Registration, John Fleming Wounded

The Intelligencer June 13, 1916 (page 1)

“Registration Demanded by Canadian Women. Toronto. Canadian womanhood—for more than Toronto was represented at the great mass meeting of women in Massey Hall last night—stood up and declared itself, heart and soul, for national registration.

The great majority of the audience have mankind at the front, or going and they have wondered why the married man with a large family has had to go and leave them in others’ care while the young man, with no ties, has stayed at home; accustomed to economy in their houses, they have also wondered why the skilled laborer has been called to the colors from necessary industries, and the unskilled shop clerk allowed to continue selling ice cream or neckties, when there were plenty of women ready to hold his peace-time job till such time as he came home from taking part in the man’s job on the firing line.

For months they have been asking these questions of each other; last night, in their legions, they embodied the great Why? in the form of a resolution, and before many hours have passed Ottawa will hear the question, the great employers of labor will hear it, and Canada’s sons overseas will be heartened in their fight when they hear what the women left behind have said.”

The Intelligencer June 13, 1916 (page 2)

“John Fleming Wounded. The following telegram received by Mrs. J. Fleming of this city, tells its own story: Mrs. J. Fleming, 5812 Cedar St.,—Sincerely regret inform you 454841 Pte. John Fleming, Infantry, officially reported admitted No. 14 General Hospital, Wimereux, June 4th. Gunshot wound, feet severe. Will send further particulars when received. Office in Charge Record Office.”