100 Years Ago: Women as Munition Workers, Thanksgiving Dinner Appeal for 155th, Gunner Edmonson Wounded, Returning Absentees, John Samuel Pope Wounded

The Intelligencer October 5, 1916 (page 1)

“Women Succeed as Munition Workers. Ottawa. The Minister of Labour pronounces the employment of women to be a decided success. Women have shown themselves to be well adapted to the more delicate work of munition manufacture, such for example as the making of fuses and parts which require very careful handling.

Thousands of women have volunteered and some 1,200 to 1,500 are being employed, although there are some times objections on the part of foremen and other employees to the employment of many women. Those who have gone into the industries are many of them former store women. They go in at $1 to $2 a day and some earn as high as $4 a day on piece work after they have become proficient.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1916 (page 1)

“Contributions for Farewell Dinner. Kingston. An appeal is being made to the citizens of Belleville and Hastings County on behalf of the 155th Battalion, and it is fully expected that Belleville and Hastings County will remember the soldier boys on this the last Thanksgiving day before going to the front.

All preparations are being made for a big Thanksgiving dinner for the overseas forces in this war camp on Monday next. The Daily Standard.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1916 (page 1)

“Gunner Edmonson Wounded in Action. The following message was received this morning: Ottawa, Oct. 5. Mrs. M.J. Edmonson, 18 Railway Street, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you, 304067 Gunner Reg. Edmonson, artillery, officially reported admitted to No. 5 Southern Gen. Hospital, Portsmouth, Sept. 30th. Contusion head, face, thigh, severe, accidental. Will send further particulars when received. Record Office.

Gunner Edmonson is a Belleville boy, and enlisted with the 33rd Battalion, in December, 1915, and proceeded overseas during May 1916. His wounds, which were the result of an accident, are severe.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1916 (page 1)

“Returning Absentees. Many men who have become deserters by accident through going on leave and exceeding their passes, or by going without passes but with no intention of deserting, are now returning to their units in camp.

Seven absentees have already returned to the 155th Battalion, and as all are being treated generously it is felt that all absentees will return to go overseas with their units. Any man returning within the next ten days will escape punishment beyond the loss of pay during the period of his absence.

If he is arrested as a deserter after his battalion has left Barriefield camp, he is liable to a punishment of two years’ imprisonment and at the end of his term can be compelled to serve out the balance of his term of enlistment. There is every inducement for the absentee and deserter to return to the fold before it is too late.”

The Intelligencer October 5, 1916 (page 5)

“Thurlow Boy Wounded. Samuel Pope, a resident of Thurlow Township, has received word that his son Pte. J. S. Pope, has been wounded at the front and is at present an inmate of an hospital in England. This is the second occasion that Pte. J. S. Pope has been hit by the Huns, on the first occasion he was struck in the back and is now suffering from wounds in the hip.

He enlisted at Medicine Hat, Alta., and left with the second Contingent. His many friends in the community will wish for a speedy recovery from his wounds.”