100 Years Ago: Wearing of Uniforms by Unauthorized Persons, Funeral of Private James Clark, Lieutenant Leo Blaker Wounded, Terms of Service for Nurses

The Intelligencer August 30, 1916 (page 2)

“Wearing of Uniforms by Unauthorized Persons. It is published for the information of all concerned that the following order and Regulation is made at the Government House at Ottawa, dated August 15th, 1916:—

‘If any unauthorized person wears any Naval or Military uniform or any uniform so nearly resembling any such uniform as to be calculated to deceive or if any person without lawful authority supplies a Naval or Military uniform to any person not being a member of His Majesty’s Forces or of the Canadian Militia, or if any person without authority or right wears a Naval or Military decoration or medal, he is guilty of an offence under the Criminal Code, to a penalty not exceeding $50.00, and in default of payment of the said penalty is liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding three months.’ ”

The Intelligencer August 30, 1916 (page 2)

“Pte. James Clarke. Under auspices of the Sons of England Society and a military escort the funeral of the late Private James Clarke took place yesterday afternoon and was largely attended. At the family residence McDonald St. College Hill. Rev. Mr. Egan conducted the services and was assisted by Chaplain Capt. Dodds of the 155th Battalion. The latter officiated at the interment at the Belleville cemetery.

After the burial services of the Sons of England Society had been conducted at the grave, the firing party fired a volley and the last post was sounded by a bugler. The bearers were six comrades of the deceased, who are members of the 155th Battalion and also members of the S.O.E. Society. That deceased had many friends was evidenced by the numerous floral tributes which were beautiful in design.”

The Intelligencer August 30, 1916 (page 2)

“Lieut. Blaker of 80th Batt. Wounded. In yesterday’s Canadian Casualty list appeared the name of Lieut. Leo Baker of Cornwall, who was reported as wounded. It was Lieut. Blaker who was wounded, and he was well known to many in Belleville having been assistant Adjutant of the 80th Battalion and left with that Battalion for the front a few months ago.

How seriously his wounds are is not known. Lieut. Blaker was a most amiable officer and was much liked by all the members of the battalion.

Mrs. Blaker who has been residing in this city left today for England accompanied by her three children.”

The Intelligencer August 30, 1916 (page 5)

“Terms for the Nurses. The terms of service for 200 Canadian nurses asked for by the British War Office for service with the Queen Alexandra Imperial Military Nursing Service are: ‘One year, renewable or for duration of war. Pay: sister, £50; staff nurse, £40 per annum board, washing, one guinea abroad, fifteen shillings in United Kingdon; uniform £9 abroad, £8 at home.

Passage will be provided to and from Canada to destination and return passage except engagement terminates voluntarily by resignation or for misconduct.’

Everything necessary will be provided upon arrival in England. As the sisters will travel in mufti to England it is necessary to obtain passes from the Department of External Affairs. The nurses are for service in the Q.A.I.M.N.S. and not with the C.E.F.”