100 Years Ago: No Obligatory Mustaches, Second War Loan Oversubscribed, Bert Allen Killed in Action

The Intelligencer September 23, 1916 (page 1)

“The Militia Department has issued an order to the effect that in future military men will not be obliged to wear moustaches. No reason for the new order being passed is given.

Eligibles who kept clear of the recruiting officer for fear they would have to wear a moustache if they enlisted may now sign up with the knowledge they will at least be boss of their own upper lip.”

The Intelligencer September 23, 1916 (page 1)

“War Loan Over-Laps. Second Canadian Issue Has Phenomenal Reception at Hands of Public. Ottawa. The books of the second domestic war loan will close to-morrow with the issue over-subscribed by at least 50 per cent. The subscribers may even reach a total considerably in excess of $150,000,000.

There is no official information from which the amount can be estimated, but as far back as a week ago there was little probability of the chartered banks securing allotments for any of the fifty millions subscribed by them. The banks, as stated previously, will come in only after the general public have received their allotments, and if the whole issue is taken up by the public, as seems more than probable, there will be nothing for the banks. …

The reception of the loan by Canadians and by subscribers outside of Canada has been phenomenal.”

The Intelligencer September 23, 1916 (page 2)

“Popular Belleville Officer Reported Killed at Front. …  Amongst the officers reported killed is the name of Lieut. B.K. Allen, and while no official notification has been received in Belleville by his parents or relatives, there seems to be no doubt but that ‘Bert’, as he was familiarly known, has given his life for King and country.

He was an officer of the 39th Battalion when it left Belleville in 1915, and retained his commission when attached to the 21st Battalion. Bert was deservedly popular, not only with his associates in the city, but with his comrades in arms. He was 32 years of age, being the second son of Mr. N. Allen, coal merchant of Belleville, and a brother of Major A.P. Allen, the popular Major of the 155th Battalion and Lieut. W. Allen, who is connected with the Machine Gun Section of the 155th Battalion.

Previous to enlistment for overseas service, Lieut. Allen was in the inland revenue department at the Belleville office, and was a most efficient official. He was unmarried. Should it be true that he is numbered amongst the officers killed, the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the parents and relatives.

Later. Since the above was written a message has been received conveying the sad intelligence that Lieut. Allen is numbered with the dead. The following telegram was received this afternoon:—Ottawa, Sept. 23rd, 1916. Capt. N. Allen, Belleville,—Sincerely regret to inform you Lieut. Bertram Kerr Allen, infantry, officially reported killed in action on September 15th. Officer in charge Record Office.”

[Note: Lieutenant Bertram Kerr Allen died on September 15, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 46 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]