100 Years Ago: Oscar Deshane Wounded, Memorial Service for William Post, Eugene Hyman Reported Dead, Arthur Mallory Wounded, Soldiers to Make Wills, Mail for Prisoners of War, Women Willing to Work During War

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 1)

“Private Oscar Deshane Wounded. The following notification has been received by Mrs. Paul Deschane of this city from the Overseas Record office.

Ottawa, Ont. Sept. 29. Mrs. Paul Deschane:—61 S. Foster Ave., Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you that 455,692 Private Oscar Deschane, Infantry, officially reported admitted to No. 3 Stationary Hospital, Boulogne Sept. 18, 1916, Shell Shock. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Record Office.”

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 1)

“Memorial Service in Christ Church for Corp. Post. A memorial service was held last evening in Christ Church for the late Corporal Wm. Post, who was killed in action on the 9th inst.

The service consisted of ‘the burial of the dead’ set into evensong, with suitable hymns. …  the sermon was preached by the Rev. Dr. Blagrave, rector of the church. …  Among other things the rector pointed out that the late Corporal Post had been a member of Christ Church since his baptism, as an infant. …

The service was quite impressive, and equally helpful and comforting to those who have lost, in a glorious cause, husband, son, brother and father.”

[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 October 2, 1916 (page 1)

“Lieut. Hyman Reported Dead. Mrs. Eugene Hyman of Belleville, this morning was in receipt of a cablegram, which contained but one word and a signature. That word was ‘Sympathy’ and the signature was ‘Col. Clarke.’ It is feared that the message refers to the death of Lieut. Eugene Hyman, who a few months ago left this city to do his part for King and country.

He is a son of the late Mr. S. A. Hyman, who for many years conducted a fur store here; and which is being continued by his son, Capt. B. L. Hyman. Lieut. Hyman, when the war broke out, was in the drug business at Strome, Alberta, and feeling it his duty to join the colors disposed of his business and came eastward to Belleville. He had previously qualified as a military officer, and was given a commission as Lieutenant. …

His education was acquired in the Public and High Schools of Belleville, and he successfully passed his examination at the College of Pharmacy. Gene, as he was familiarly called, was a general favorite with his companions, being of a genial and obliging disposition. It is sincerely hoped that the above message does not mean his death.”

[Note: Lieutenant Eugene McMahon Hyman died on September 26, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 107 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 1)

“Pte. Mallory Is Wounded. Mr. Burnham Mallory, who resides on North Victoria Avenue, Belleville, and who is County Treasurer, yesterday received an official notification from the Record Office, Ottawa, that his son Pte. Arthur B. Mallory had been wounded. The young wounded soldier is the third son of Mr. and Mrs. Mallory. …

He left Halifax in April last and had been in the trenches for some time. He was wounded whilst in Action between the 4th and 7th of September. The many friends of Pte. Mallory will join the Intelligencer in the hope that his wounds are not of a serious nature.

Another brother Pte. Philip Mallory is in the hospital suffering from what is termed as trench feet.”

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 2)

“Wills Made by the Soldiers. An order dealing with wills for soldiers who are going overseas appears in orders of the 155th Battalion. The making of a will is a very important matter and the military authorities are making every effort to get all the soldiers to discharge this duty before going out of Canada. The work thus done greatly assists in the rapid discharge of red tape incurred in properly disposing of a soldier’s estate after he has been killed in action. …

The will must be witnessed by two persons, and forms may be obtained at company orderly rooms. Company commanders will see that these forms are properly completed and handed in to the Battalion orderly room.”

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 4)

“Mail for Prisoners. Owing to difficulties experienced in sending letters and parcels to Canadian prisoners-of-war in Germany the Post-office Department has issued revised instructions regarding the despatching of mail to Germany. Postage need not be paid on either letters or parcels.

Regarding rules as to letters, the department reiterates that letters must be left open and should not exceed in length two sides of a sheet of notepaper, and on no account must the writing be crossed.

Postcards are preferred to letters, and if the former are sent they must not contain views of warships, camps, docks, bird’s-eye views and any conspicuous landmarks. Communications should be confined to family news, and no references to the naval, military, or political conditions are allowed.

Parcels must not contain letters, but outside of that there is no restrictions as to contents of parcels so long as they are intended for the benefit of the addresses. No parcel should exceed 11 pounds.”

The Intelligencer October 2, 1916 (page 5)

“Women Will Work to Relieve Eligible Men. A meeting was held in the Y.M.C.A. Saturday at 3 P.M., of the Women’s Emergency Corps, Belleville Branch. It was decided to have a registration of all the women who are willing to work during the period of the war, and so relieve all the men who are physically fit for duty but feel they cannot leave their positions.

The movement has been taken up in each Military Division. Belleville belongs to No. 3 Division, which extends from Bowmanville to Cornwall, and north as far as Ottawa. …

The Registration will begin at the Y.M.C.A. Tuesday afternoon, at the Patriotic Booth, and all the women who have not a regular occupation, are urged to register and aid the committee who are anxious to get a good list of volunteers.

Do not wait for a personal canvass—and do not make the excuse that you are not trained. At least show your patriotism by offering your services. We hope the emergency will not arise so that you will be called upon, but at least be ready and organize. When our boys have so nobly responded, women, do not hesitate to answer this appeal and put your names down as willing to help if the opportunity presents itself.”