100 Years Ago: Snipers to Be Chosen, Fred Mott Is Prisoner of War

The Intelligencer July 24, 1916 (page 2)

“Snipers Are To Be Chosen. The specialist training of the men for this great war has taken a firm hold on Barriefield camp, and almost every man is a specialist in some one or other branch of the service. There is the physical training and bayonet fighting expert, who puts all of his trust in cold steel …  machine gun men who are confident that the machine gun is the only thing that is bad enough for a German. …  Again the bombers and grenade men impress on the soldiers that every person must be able to pitch bombs as accurate as narrow trench fighting demands.

The snipers have not been receiving their share of attention, and that branch of the work is to be attended to. Major Ackerman, who was overseas with the 2nd Battalion, and has for the last three weeks been at Valcartier on this work, has arrived and the training of expert marksmen for the popular sport of ‘getting’ Huns via the lone bullet route will be started.”

The Intelligencer July 24, 1916 (page 7)

“Prisoner in Germany. Pte. Fred Mott, No. 113410, 4th C.M.R., 3rd Canadian Division, reported missing since 2nd of June, is now reported prisoner of war at Stuttard. Word to this effect was received at Campbellford last week.

Pte. Mott enlisted with the 33rd Battery, Kingston, last August, was drafted to the 8th C.M.R. in October and went overseas to Bramshott Camp in January. He was drafted to the 4th C.M.R. and sent to France, thence to Belgium. He is nineteen years of age and only son of Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Mott, formerly of Belleville, now of Campbellford.”