100 Years Ago: Band of the 155th, Band of the 80th, Robert Newell Broad Wins Military Medal, Ad for AutoStrop Safety Razor, Milton Vandervoort Killed in Action

The Intelligencer September 22, 1916 (page 2)

“Noted Band of 155th. The band of the 155th Battalion under Bandmaster Hinchey is acknowledged to be one of the best that ever represented an overseas battalion. Headquarters thinks the same way, and it is understood that there is a movement to try and persuade Lieut.-Col. M.K. Adams to allow it to remain in this military district. Headquarters could use it to good advantage for recruiting purposes, and the idea is to keep it where it will do the most valuable work.

Major A.P. Allen, 155th Battalion, is spoken for as the officer to command a new battalion for Belleville, Hastings and Prince Edward. The band may, however, go into this new battalion, as it would then be remaining in the district in which it was organized. …  Every person seems to want to get this splendid band, but the 155th will keep it for the present at least.”

The Intelligencer September 22, 1916 (page 3)

“Honor for the 80th Band. Word has just been received in Kingston that the band of the 80th was chosen to proceed to the front to play to the men in the trenches. The band was selected as a representative one of Canada. No further particulars than these were given. It is satisfactory to find that the bands of Canada are evidently appreciated on the other side.”

The Intelligencer September 22, 1916 (page 3)

“Fifteen Canadians Win Military Medals. London.—The following Canadians have been awarded the Military Medal: …  8,069, Sergt. [Robert Newell] Broad [Madoc] …  All are infantrymen.”

The Intelligencer September 22, 1916 (page 6)

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The Intelligencer September 22, 1916 (page 7)

Vandervoort, Milton

“Another Belleville Hero Has Fallen. Mr. Addison Vandervoort, of this city, who resides on West Moira street, and who is Deputy Registrar of Hastings County this morning received a telegram from the Record Office, Ottawa, which conveyed sad intelligence. It was to the effect that his second son, Private Milton Vandervoort was officially reported killed on September 9th.

When it became known about the city that Milton had made the supreme sacrifice, expressions of regret were heard on all hands, as he was a young man who was deservedly popular.

Pte. Vandervoort enlisted in Belleville, and was a member of the 2nd Battalion, 1st division, and went overseas with the first Canadian Contingent. He was under command of Capts O’Flynn and Ponton, and in Corporal C.A. Gibson’s section.

On June 15th, 1915, he was wounded and upon recovering again went to the front. He was also at one time a victim of gas. Details of how he met his death are not known.

A brother of the young hero is at present in the 155th Battalion at Barriefield. To Mr. Vandervoort and family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens in this, their hour of sore bereavement.”

[Note: Private Milton Vandervoort died on September 9, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 176 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]