100 Years Ago: Battalions Not to Be Split, Local Soldiers Wounded, Nine Standard Hotels in Belleville, Regarding Young Sprague

The Intelligencer September 18, 1916 (page 1)

“Battalions Not to Be Split. Ottawa. The experience of the Militia Department last winter with regard to the billeting of troops in small detachments throughout the country was not such as to encourage a continuation of this practice.

A year ago announcement was made by the Minister of Militia that where twenty-five recruits or upwards were enlisted in one district, they might be billeted for the winter in that district. The difficulties of supervision, the impossibility of effective training, the greatly increased cost, and the difficulties with regard to medical examinations have been so serious that the practice will not be followed this winter.

After mature deliberation it has been decided in militia council that units already mobilized would not be broken up this winter, but will be quartered where such can be most efficiently and economically done, in battalions.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1916 (page 2)

Robert Newell Broad

“Local Soldiers Wounded. Among the list of wounded in to-day’s casualties appear the names of two Belleville men, Morley L. Ackerman and Redford Richardson. Sergt. Robert Broad of Madoc is also listed as wounded.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1916 (page 2)

“Mr. William McGie, merchant of Belleville, this morning received the following telegram: Ottawa, Sept. 17th, 1916. Wm. McGie, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. Wm. Robertson McGie, infantry, officially reported wounded on September 15th. Officer in Record Office.

Lieut. McGie referred to is the only son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGie of this city and is 22 years of age. He has been on active service at the front for some time. He enlisted with the 99th Essex Battalion at Windsor, Ont. His many friends in this city will hope that his injuries are not of a serious nature.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1916 (page 2)

“Nine Standard Hotels in City. Of the fourteen hotels in the city under license only nine this morning opened up to conduct business as Standard Hotels. They were Docters Hotel, Albion Hotel, Hastings House, City Hotel, Anglo-American Hotel, the Queen’s Hotel, the Windsor Hotel and the Hotel Quinte.

The hotels which were not granted standard licenses were the Dominion, Victoria, International, Kyle House and the Ferry House. In the case of the Kyle House, the proprietors did not make application for a license.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1916 (page 7)

“Regarding Young Sprague. Peterboro Ont., Sept. 16, 1916. Dear Sir:—Young Sprague who enlisted with the 8th C.M.R. last year at Belleville, is a prisoner of war in Stuttgart, Germany. He laid out five days with both legs broken, before he was rescued by the Germans and made prisoner. They had to amputate one of his legs. His address is, Reserve Lazarett III. Rollschuylahm, Wuttemberg, Stuttgart, Germany.

He enlisted with my son, Lieut. Fred S. Hubbs, who is a prisoner of war in the same hospital at present, and so far as Fred knows, Sprague has no relatives in Belleville, but I reckon some good people in Belleville will gladly send some parcels for Sprague as soon as they know of his situation. Yours truly, C.E. Hubbs.

Editor’s Note.—The above no doubt refers to Pte. Milburn P. Sprague, an article concerning whom appeared in The Intelligencer of September 14th.”