100 Years Ago: Coleman Eggleton Killed in Action, Three More Belleville Heroes, Recruiting Meeting Held, Grant for 155th Battalion Requested

The Intelligencer June 16, 1916 (page 2)

“Sacrificed His Life. Coleman Eggleton, of Foxboro, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, has been officially reported killed. The hero was a young man, and his death in defence of the Empire, whilst deeply regretted, is on the honor roll as one of the many Canadians who have given their lives for those liberties which are being contested.”

[Note: Private Clarence Glee Eggleton died on June 3, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 82 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 16, 1916 (page 2)

“Laid Down Their Lives for King and Country. Throughout the city there is a feeling of deep regret, owing to the death of three more Belleville heroes who went to the front, and sacrificed their lives. Walter Craig, Charles E. Belch and Clifford Burrows are the latest names to be added to the honor roll.

The latter, Clifford R. Burrows, was one of Belleville’s most popular young men, and he had a host of friends, who today are mourning his demise. He was one of the many brave Bellevillians who went overseas to meet the Huns, and fight for those principles of liberties which are dear to the hearts of every Britisher.”

[Note: Private Charles Edward Belch died on June 3, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 52 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 16, 1916 (page 2)

“Belleville Patriotic League Active in Recruiting Sense. A few of Belleville’s loyal citizens, among them several who have sons at the front, assembled at the Armouries last evening, under the auspices of the Patriotic League, primarily to hear Col. C.C. Williams, chief recruiting officer of Canada, who for some reason, did not appear, and also to reorganize the league for the coming year. …

Addresses upon the present recruiting were made by Judge Wills, Col. W.N. Ponton, Dr. MacColl, Mayor Ketcheson and others, who advocated a more strenuous system of recruiting, as the present method was by no means satisfactory.

Lieut. Lynn, in charge of the recruiting office on Front street, said that men were signing up very slowly, and as the 155th Battalion needed from one to two hundred men to take the place of those turned down for unfitness, something should be done at once to create a more substantial response to the call. …  In the mean time every possible effort will be brought to bear to induce young men of the district to sign up.”

The Intelligencer June 16, 1916 (page 7)

“Grant to the 155th Battalion Asked For. …  Mr. E.G. Porter, K.C., M.P., addressed the Council …  We all feel that we must aid our country by assisting in recruiting. There is a large expenditure for recruiting, which is not altogether provided by the Government. …  The County Council has generously given a grant of $2,000, which was much appreciated. He would ask for an equal or a greater sum to be given to the 155th Battalion. …

Major Allen said the 155th Battalion had gone into Barriefield with a full battalion. The cost for lumber alone to place in the tents was $1,200. …  It was only the other day that $560 was paid for a tent where the men could have their meals. This was not provided by the Government. …

Mr. Vermilyea—We have listened with interest to the remarks made by the deputation, and I would move that this matter be referred to the Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Ketcheson seconded the motion which prevailed.”