100 Years Ago: Names of Soldiers Wanted by Intelligencer, Horace Carroll Killed in Action, Girls to Work on Farms, Registration of Belleville’s Men, Khaki Club Officially Opened

The Intelligencer October 26, 1916 (page 1)

“Names of Soldiers Wanted. A request is made by The Intelligencer for the names and addresses of men who enlisted from Belleville and district. Men who are in the trenches; Men who are in Hospitals; Men who are prisoners of war. Kindly leave at The Intelligencer Office by Monday, Oct. 30.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1916 (page 2)


“Another Bright Life Sacrificed. A message from the Record Office, Ottawa, was this morning received in this city, in consequence of which there is gloom in another household. It conveyed the sad information that Lieut. Horace Carroll was killed at the front, on October 21st inst.

Deceased was a young man who was well known in this city and highly esteemed. He was 26 years of age and was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Carroll. Lieut. Carroll was born here and was a graduate of a Public and High School.”

[Note: Lieutenant Horace Yeomans Carroll died on October 21, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 64 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer October 26, 1916 (page 2)

“Girls to Work on Farms. Girls can work as farmers next year, as boys did this year, and still get their academic standing, according to regulations issued by the Department of Education at Toronto. These regulations make it clear this year that this work must be done on Ontario farms. During 1916 some boys made the mistake of going to harvest on the plains.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1916 (page 2)

“Judging by the preliminary work of the recruiting officers of the 235th Battalion, there should be little difficulty in raising at least one company of men from this city and vicinity.

The 235th Battalion will in a short while make a thorough registration of the male population of the city, of all eligible and ineligible men. The city will be divided into sections, each section being in charge of an officer.

No recruiting will be undertaken during the campaign, which is really to be a census of every man in the city; the recruiting will be carried out later. The census comes under the registration system recently adopted by the Military Headquarters at Ottawa.”

The Intelligencer October 26, 1916 (page 2)

“Official Opening of Khaki Club. Despite the weather a large number were present at the official opening of the Khaki Club, at the corner of Pinnacle and Dundas streets, last evening. The opening was brief and to the point, after which a charming programme was given by Mrs. Wilmot.

Mayor Ketcheson, in a few well-chosen words, warmly welcomed the 235th Overseas Battalion to the city, and the Khaki Club, which he explained was always open for their use and comfort.

In reply to the Mayor’s speech, Col. Scobell, O.C., the 235th Battalion, accepted the club, on behalf of his men, and thanked both Mayor Ketcheson and the officers and members of the Khaki Club, for their interest in providing rest and comfort for the boys.

During the evening Capt. Eddie O’Flynn gave a short but most interesting talk to the men, on his experiences at the front. …

At the close, refreshments were served in the canteen to the large crowd of men, after which the entire house stood at attention while the National Anthem was sung.”