100 Years Ago: Parcels for Soldiers, Belleville Heroes Slated for Honors, Local Women’s Emergency League Formed, Canvass for Recruits

The Intelligencer July 18, 1916 (page 1)

“Parcels for Soldiers. Arrangements have been made by which the Canadian War Contingent Association in England, and the National Service Committee, in Canada, are appointed to receive dutiable goods for Canadians stationed in the United Kingdom, and to forward them, free of customs duty.

Parcels must not exceed eleven pounds in weight. They must only contain dutiable goods, such as tobacco, cigars, cigarettes, alcohol in any form, candies, playing cards and toilet soap. …

They should be marked ‘special dutiable’ with a description of their contents and a statement of their value on the outside cover. The inside cover must bear the name and full regimental address of the recipient. …

The parcels must be prepaid to Toronto or Montreal, but will be forwarded to England, c.o. Canadian War Contingent Association free of charge by freight.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1916 (page 2)

“Belleville Heroes Slated for Honors. The news has been received in this city from Lieut.-Col. A.E. Swift, Commanding Officer of the Second Battalion, C.E.F., that he has recommended Captain Edmund D. O’Flynn of this city, and Capt. Roscoe Vanderwater of Sidney township, for the Military Cross.

Capt. O’Flynn is strongly recommended for devotion to duty on the afternoon of April 26, 1916, at Ypres, opposite Hill 60. During and after a very severe bombardment this officer carried out the distribution of ammunition and grenades to the front line, helped the Medical Officer and organized parties to look after the wounded. His energy and the way he looked after the details were of great assistance to his commanding officer.

Capt. Roscoe Vanderwater, who left Belleville with the 39th Battalion in June 1915, is recommended for special gallantry and coolness under most trying circumstances. On the afternoon of April 26, 1916, when a mine was exploded in the trench held by his company, he at once took charge and directed his men. He had rapid fire opened on the enemy and prevented them from crossing and occupying the crater, and by his example stimulated the men to heroic service. His handling of this very difficult situation is said to be worthy of the greatest praise.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1916 (page 8)

“Women Will Take Place of Soldiers. Kingston. A local branch of the Women’s Emergency League was organized here when delegates from the places in the third military district met. The objects of the league are to secure women to take the place of men in the shops and stores and also to stimulate recruiting. The league will also aim to place returned soldiers in positions.

The first meeting was held in the red room at Queen’s. …  Delegates were on hand from Belleville, Perth, Brockville, Cornwall, Prescott, Napanee and locally. After luncheon the delegates attended the meeting in the city hall and then adjourned to the council chamber where a discussion on organization was held. …

The district was arranged in sections: Mrs. Douglas, of Perth, having charge of the east and Mrs. MacColl of Belleville, the west. The district heads for Cornwall and Bowmanville will be selected later.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1916 (page 8)

“To Canvass for Recruits. Kingston. A canvass will be made of the Third Military District for the purpose of ascertaining the men who are eligible to go to war. This was decided at a conference of military men and civilians from different parts of this military district. The object of the conference was to devise ways and means to stimulate recruiting.

A resolution was passed to the effect that a system of registration should be adopted. One or two of the speakers advocated conscription, but no vote was taken on the matter, as the meeting seemed to feel that such a step would be impracticable at the present time.

Lieut.-Col. E.G. Williams, chief recruiting officer for Canada occupied the chair, and seated on the platform were Lieut.-Col. G.H. Williams, chief recruiting officer for No. 2 military district, Lieut.-Col. Hamilton, special recruiting officer, and Lieut.-Col. Mulloy.

Lieut.-Col. G.H. Williams was the first speaker. He referred to the number of men Canada desired to raise for overseas service, namely, 500,000. Of that number 340,000 had been enlisted, and the remaining 160,000 could be raised without paralyzing the industrial life of Canada.

To secure the number needed there should be perfect organization and effective inspiration. Conscription was impossible at the present time; the Government had given its mandate.

The only coercion possible was the coercion of moral sentiment and public conviction. The private citizen, the press, which had proved itself to be the best coadjutor of the recruiting officer.”