100 Years Ago: Private John Beaton Buried, Letters of Thanks, Red Cross Penny Bag Collection

The Intelligencer September 7, 1916 (page 2)

“Buried with Honors. Yesterday afternoon the remains of the late Private John Y. Beaton of the 155th Battalion, who met an untimely death at Kingston, were interred in St. James cemetery here. A number were in attendance at the obsequies. Rev. Father Hyland of St. Michael’s church officiated at the church and grave. A number of floral tributes and mass cards were contributed by relatives and friends.

An escort and firing party of the 155th Battalion were present, being in charge of Sergt. Lynn. At the grave a volley was fired and the last post sounded by the bugler. The bearers were six comrades in arms, namely, Privates W. Reese, L. Sullivan, J. Cronan, W. Heffernan, C. and P. Babcock.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1916 (page 2)

“Expression of Thanks. Somewhere at the Front, August 21st, 1916. Editor Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—Will you please express my thanks through the columns of your paper, to the good ladies of Belleville, who sent the parcels of socks? Last night, when I got into camp, my feet were wet, for it had been raining all day. I was glad to get such good socks.

We are all getting along nicely, and we all feel sure of a victorious peace. Yours very truly, Gunner Alphonse Bochateg. No. 40126. 1st Batt. 1st Brigade, Divisional Artillery. British Expeditionary Force.”

“Contribution Is Acknowledged. London, July 27th, 1916. Miss Minnie Fleming, 68 1/2 Cedar Street, Belleville, Ont. Dear Madam,—In a consignment recently received through Miss Falkiner was a case containing 31 packs of cards, 60 games, and 1 mouthorgan contributed by some of the Belleville school children. I am directed to convey through you most grateful thanks for this very welcome contribution.

The children possibly would be pleased to know that we are asked for large numbers of games, mouthorgans and cards by the men at the front. By sending such things as the children collected, they can rest assured that their kindness and thoughtfulness will help to cheer many a Canadian ‘somewhere in France.’ With grateful thanks, Sincerely yours, Eleanor McLaren Brown, Hon. Sec., Ladies Committee, C.W.C.A.”

The Intelligencer September 7, 1916 (page 3)

“Red Cross Penny Bag Collection for August. While for the month of August Murney Ward again leads the wards in the amount given, Baldwin Ward really belongs the palm. It is the only ward showing an increase over its givings during the three preceding months since this method was adopted for adding to the Red Cross funds used in providing comforts for our brave soldiers at the front, who are suffering and enduring hardships, that we may enjoy the comforts, peace and happiness of our homes and holidays.

Those in charge of the Red Cross Penny Bag collections, regret to announce a decrease in every ward, but Baldwin Ward, and a total decrease of more than twenty dollars on the money collection in July. We are convinced that this is because of no lack of interest or desire to help on the part of our citizens, but on account of the absence from the city of so many of our collectors and givers.

Can we not in this month make up this deficit, and rise again beyond the two hundred. Every Penny Helps; and there can be no easier way of giving, than by dropping an occasional penny into the Red Cross Penny Bags.

Following are the receipts according to wards: Murney Ward $34.05; Sampson Ward $31.67; Baldwin Ward $28.80; Ketcheson Ward $26.39; Bleecker Ward $18.71; Coleman Ward $16.90; Foster Ward $13.62. Total $170.14.”