100 Years Ago: Scroll of Honour at Holloway Street Methodist Church, Robert Wallace Dead of Wounds, William Hudson Killed in Action, Friends Bid 155th Battalion Soldiers Farewell, St. Michael’s Tea and Musical, Ad for Military Boots, Y.M.C.A. Socks Shower

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 1)

“Memorial Services at Holloway St. Church. At Holloway street Methodist church in this city, on Sunday morning the service was of an especial nature, and was attended by a large congregation.

The preacher was Major (Rev.) Harry A. Frost, a chaplain who at present is home on furlough, and who intends to return to the front within a few days to resume his duties.

In connection with the service the Major unveiled the scroll of honor, which contained the names of boys who were connected with that church, and who have enlisted to fight for King and country. Some are at the front and some are enroute overseas. Of the number two have made the supreme sacrifice, having been killed in action. Pte. W. M. Rutter was killed on August 9th, 1916, and a month later, on September 9th, 1916, Pte. Milton Vandervoort was killed.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 1)

“Thurlow Family Have a Notable War Record. Mr. Harry Wallace, a well known yeoman residing at Corbyville, Thurlow Township, on Friday last received from the Record Office, Ottawa, a message which conveyed the sad intelligence that his son, Private Robt. Earle Wallace, No. 41,206 had died of wounds at a dressing station in France. His death occurred on Monday, October 2nd. He was severely wounded in the hips and abdomen.

Private Wallace left Belleville with the 39th Battalion, and was a member of the battalion band. When he died he was in his 21st year, and was a fine type of a soldier, being over 6 feet in height. The young hero was a member of Plainfield Orange Lodge.

Two other sons of Mr. Wallace have enlisted for service. Private Clifford Wallace is at present in the trenches in France, and Private Harry Wallace is with the 155th Battalion, which is enroute overseas. This is a record which any family has reason to be proud of. In the loss of their son Mr. and Mrs. Wallace will receive the heartfelt sympathy of relatives and friends.”

[Note: Private Earl Wallace died on October 2, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 178 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 1)


“Popular Local Captain Killed on French Front. Another popular young officer and resident of Belleville, has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country.

The citizens of this city were on Sunday evening shocked when it became known that Capt. William H. Hudson had been killed in action. A telegram conveying the sad intelligence was received here last evening by Miss Hattie Hudson, sister of the brave hero, which came from the Record Office, Ottawa. …

Capt. Hudson, who was a deservedly popular young man, was 32 years of age. He was born at Roslin, Hastings County, being the only son of the late Mr. W. P. Hudson, who for some years was the representative from East Hastings in the Provincial Legislature. Of late years the deceased had been conducting an insurance business in the city, and was also Secretary Treasurer of the Belleville Cemetery Company. Capt. Hudson was prominent in Masonic circles, being a Past Master of The Belleville Lodge No. 123, and Registrar of King Baldwin Preceptory No. 6. In social circles he was also prominent. …

At the outbreak of war he offered his services, and left Belleville with the 39th Battalion for overseas. …  He was Captain over the Belleville boys who were attached to the 2nd Battalion in the trenches, and only a few are left on the firing line, some being killed and some wounded. In the death of Capt. Hudson, Belleville has lost a brave young soldier.”

[Note: Captain William Henry Hudson died on October 8, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 106 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 2)

“Excursion from Belleville. Barriefield Camp. A large number of friends of members of the 155th battalion came down from Belleville and district by special C.N.R. train to say farewell to their friends. The excursion was under the auspices of the 15th regimental band, and the visitors were looked after by their friends while in the city. …

Many of the visitors lunched with their relatives at the camp, and others came over to the city where they visited points of interest. Many of them stayed over to spend the last hours with their friends.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 3)

“Extended Thanks. The ladies of St. Michael’s congregation wish to thank their friends for responding so generously in making their Tea and Musical, held in the Quinte Tea Rooms, such a decided success. The sum realized was $63.30 which will be used to procure Christmas comforts for our boys in the trenches.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 5)


“Military Boots For The Boys Who Are Overseas. We are prepared to ship anywhere in England, France or Belgium anyone of the following Military Boots. Strongly wrapped and carriage paid at these prices.

Genuine Slater Tan Infantry Boots to wear with Buttees. Soldier’s Light Weight Dress Boot. Officers Field Boots, 17 inches high, double viscolised soles, tan crome. Trench Boots or Shoe Packs, 17 inches high, absolutely waterproof. The Haines’ Shoe House. Belleville, Napanee, Trenton, Smiths Falls.”

The Intelligencer October 16, 1916 (page 6)

” ‘Y’ Sox Shower, for Christmas stockings for the boys in the trenches, at the home of Mrs. Alexander Ray, 223 William Street, Tuesday afternoon and evening, October 17th. Musical programme and refreshments. Bring sox or money.”