100 Years Ago: Bandsman Bert Bell Receives Wrist Watch, Rally at Aikins Church

The Intelligencer June 22, 1916 (page 2)

“Social Evening and Presentation. Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Kerr, 42 1/2 Bridge Street, entertained a number of friends last evening in honor of Mrs. Kerr’s brother, Bandsman Bert L. Bell of the 155th Battalion, C.E.F., home on a short leave from Barriefield Camp.

During the evening Mr. Kerr, on behalf of those present, in a few well chosen words, presented Bandsman Bell with a beautiful wrist watch suitably engraved. Although taken completely by surprise ‘Bert’ made a suitable reply.

The evening was spent in games and music, after which the National Anthem brought a very pleasing evening to a close.”

The Intelligencer June 22, 1916 (page 2)

“Rousing Rally At Aikins Church. Aikins Church, in the heart of the prosperous Township of Sidney, was crowded to the doors last night, under the auspices of the Queen Alexandra Red Cross, who had widely advertised a Patriotic Concert of a unique character. No one went away disappointed and about $60 was raised for the good work, with prospects also of several recruits for the Heavy Artillery and Infantry.

Mr. Lawrence, President, invited Mr. John Elliott of Belleville, to take the chair, and he conducted the evening most skilfully, and with infinite Irish tact.”