100 Years Ago: 155th Battalion Ordered Overseas, William Post Killed in Action, 80th Battalion Band at Front

The Intelligencer September 27, 1916 (page 1)

“155th Ordered Overseas. The 155th Battalion has been ordered to be ready for overseas. The men and officers are delighted over the order. The 154th and 156th are included in the order.”

The Intelligencer September 27, 1916 (page 2)

“William Post Killed in Action. Another family was plunged in grief this morning when the following sad intelligence was received. Ottawa, Sept. 26th. Mrs. Nellie Post, 132 South George St., Belleville, Ont. Deeply regret to inform you 113491 Lance Corporal William Post, Mounted Rifles, officially reported killed in action, September 11th. Officer in charge, Record Office.

Corporal Post was a native of Belleville, being the son of Mr. Daniel Post of this city, and enlisted in the 8th C.M.R. He was a married man, leaving besides his wife, three small children. A brother, Pte. Bert Post, was wounded in action sometime ago, and is at present recovering from his wounds.”

[Note: Lance Corporal William Post died on September 11, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 149 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 27, 1916 (page 5)

“80th Battalion at Front. Those who heard the 80th battalion band at the Grand Opera house in the fine concert program they presented, will not be surprised to learn that the Minister of Militia has decided to make it the representative military band of Canada, while overseas.

The band has done much playing in England since the battalion went over, and now it is in France doing concert work for the entertainment of the boys who come out of the trenches for a rest period. Lieut. Stares is a good bandmaster, and his band deserves this recognition from the Canadian military authorities.”