100 Years Ago: Old Boys of Belleville High School Acknowledge Gifts, Major William Casey Killed in Action, War Loan, Shattered Graham Co. Label

The Intelligencer September 14, 1916 (page 2)

“Acknowledged Gifts. Shortly before the High School closed for the summer holidays in June, the pupils held a gift shower, for the purpose of sending a parcel to each former High School boy, who had enlisted and were overseas.

Yesterday letters were received from H.W. Knight and Ray Tuite, acknowledging receipt of the gifts, and thanking the pupils for their thoughtfulness towards the old boys of the B.H.S.”

The Intelligencer September 14, 1916 (page 2)

“Former Belleville Man. In the casualty list yesterday appeared the name of Major Wm. A. Casey, who was killed in action, and whose next of kin was given as England. Deceased is well known in Belleville, where he resided for some time, and was the son of a well known deceased lady, namely Mrs. Casey, who resided on Charles street.

The late Major was 29 years of age, and unmarried. He enlisted in Vancouver, B.C., as a private, and was twice wounded. Upon returning for active service after his second wounding, he received a commission and was promoted to a Major. The Major was a nephew of General J.L. Biggar and Mr. W.H. Biggar, K.C., of the G.T.R. legal department, and also a nephew of Mrs. R.A. Bull of Belleville. His death will be regretted by all who knew him.”

[Note: Major William Archer Casey died on September 8, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 65 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 14, 1916 (page 5)

War Loan

“He Fights Who Pays! Have you yet subscribed to Canada’s Second War Loan? If not, do so to-day. By lending now you help your country in the hour of need. Timely assistance is double valuable. Participation on the remarkably attractive terms offered makes duty a privilege. Turn your Dollars into Soldiers. One hundred and upwards buys a bond. …  Wood, Gundy & Co.”

The Intelligencer September 14, 1916 (page 7)

“A Shattered Label. A letter received from the front by Mrs. George Belcher, of 82 East Moira street, from her son, Pte. Ed. Lowe, contained an interesting souvenir, in the form of a label of the Graham Co. Ltd., which was found in the trenches. The label has been pierced three or four times by shrapnel.

In regard to the label, Mr. Lowe writes:—’I am sending you a label of the Graham Co. Limited, that I found in the trenches the last time we were in and I want to tell you that the old can that I took it off had sure got some shaking up from the heavy bombardment that we were in. It had got hit four or five times by pieces of shrapnel. I thought it would be a good souvenir for you. You can show it to Mr.Graham if you like as he might be glad to see it.’ “