100 Years Ago: Royal Black Knights of Ireland Presentation, Belleville Boys Mentioned, Rose Day a Success, Reuben Belch Killed in Action, Baptist Church Honor Roll, Recruiting, Poster for Barriefield Camp by Gillette

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 1)

“Departing Soldiers Are Remembered. A very interesting event took place at Foxboro, Saturday evening, when the Royal Black Knights of Ireland presented to Sir Knights William Gillespie, and Rev. William Mair a substantial memorial upon their departure, soon for overseas.

Mr. Gillespie, who resides at Plainfield joins the Bakers’ Corps at Barriefield, and Mr. Mair takes up service in the Medical Corps.

The address and presentation follows …  We, the officers and members of Mizpah Royal Black Preceptory, No. 382, learn with feelings of regret at your unexpected leaving our midst. …  You are going forth to fight for the noble principles of our order, for liberty, justice and humanity. May our motto ever be your guide. …

In conclusion we ask you to accept this signet ring as a slight remembrance of your Bro. Sir Knights  …  and trust it may serve as a reminder of old times and old friends in and around Foxboro. Sir Knight W.H. Cook. Sir Knight Geo. F. Reed. Sir Knight W.J. Hall.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 2)

“Belleville Boys Mentioned. Two members of the 21st Battalion, who went from Belleville, namely R.E. Smith and P. Nicholson, have been favorably recommended for bomb throwing at the front.

Both young soldiers, we are informed, have while at the front, displayed bravery and have done all in their power to stop any onward march of the Huns. There is no doubt they will be rewarded for the bravery displayed.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 2)

“Rose Day a Success. Under the auspices of the Red Cross Society of Belleville, Saturday last was Rose Day. During the day many young ladies were busily engaged in disposing of roses. A number of autos were tastefully decorated and created a most favorable impression. The proceeds of the day amounted to $735, which was most creditable.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 2)

“Pte. Reuben Belch. The following despatch has been received in this city, announcing the death while in action, of another Belleville soldier. Mrs. Hattie Belch, 152 1/2 Church St., Belleville. Deeply regret to inform you No. 454060 Pte. Reuben Belch, Infantry, officially reported died of wounds, No. 3, Clearing Station, June 5th. Officer in Charge Record Office.

[Note: Private Reuben Belch died on June 5, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 52 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 2)

“Honor Roll of the Baptist Church. At the Baptist Church yesterday morning the pastor, Rev. Chas. Geo. Smith, unveiled the Roll of Honor of the boys who have enlisted from this church.

The list of names were placed on a scroll and framed. The scroll was draped beneath a large Union Jack, and stood in front of the pulpit. The names are done in script and the legend as follows: Lest We Forget Roll of Honor, in the Great War, 1914. The scroll is the work of Mr. Orville Lownsberry.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 7)

“555 Men Were Recruited. Half a battalion was recruited through the district in the last two weeks, 555 men being taken out of civil life and put into khaki. This is a splendid showing, considering the fact that the home influence of a battalion training in the country has been lost by bringing the soldiers to Barriefield.

The Engineers Training Depot has proved the greatest drawing card in the period just closed. In that half a month 122 men were taken on strength.”

The Intelligencer June 19, 1916 (page 7)

Barriefield Camp010“Barriefield Camp. Overseas Battalions of Eastern Ontario Make Forward Move Toward Britain’s Firing Line. …  Officers and men returning to Canada from the Front unite in endorsing the Gillette Safety Razor as a convenience, a comfort, and practically a necessity to the men on active service.

Whole units are going overseas equipped privately with Gillette Safety Razors. Has your boy or your pal at Barriefield got his yet? If he has, then send him a generous supply of Gillette blades.”