100 Years Ago: Captain McDonald Asks for Recruits, Memorial Service for David Parks

The Intelligencer November 1, 1916 (page 1)

“Capt. McDonald Asks for Recruits. Captain McDonald, of the 235th Battalion, who resigned his position as a Professor in a New Brunswick University to don the khaki, last evening at Griffin’s Opera House made a brief but effective recruiting speech between the second and third acts of the play which was being presented.

In his opening remarks the Captain in a few words, spoke of the commencement of the present war, and also referred to the oppression of the Prussian militarism. The war was one for freedom. …¬† To enlist certainly meant sacrifice, but the sacrifice is not without its compensation, and its undying glory.

The members of the 235th Battalion appreciated very much the kindnesses extended to them by the citizens of Belleville, and especially the members of the Khaki Club. There was at the present time an earnest appeal being made for more men, and the Premier of Canada has asked for 100,000 more men.

He (the speaker) was not appealing for recruits for the 235th Battalion, but for young men and other men of military age, to join some unit. Canada had done in the past nobly, but the past would not suffice for the present. More men and more men must be secured in order that victory for the Allies may be secured.

His closing remarks were for those physically fit to join some unit and participate in the glorious victory that is to come. (Applause.)”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1916 (page 1)

“Memorial Service. A very impressive memorial service was held at White’s Church, on Sunday afternoon in behalf of the late Pte. D. Parks ‘killed in action.’ Rev. Dr. Marvin and Rev. Howard, of Brighton, preached very touchingly. The Orange Lodge of Bayside, were in attendance of which our late brother was a member. Rev. J. G. Joblin, former pastor, sent a very beautiful letter, which brought tears to many eyes as he spoke of the good qualities of our noble hero.

The service was very largely attended. Some coming quite a distance. Much sympathy is extended to the widow and bereaved parents and family.”

[Note: Private David Arthur Parks died on October 11, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 145 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]