100 Years Ago: Billy Dingman Writes from Front, Patriotic Meeting Postponed

The Intelligencer March 19, 1915 (page 2)

“Mr. Wm. A. Rodbourne of this city, yesterday was in receipt of a postal card from Billy Dingham, who is in France, and went from here with the First Contingent. The date of the communication was February 26th, and its contents are as follows:

We have just come out of the trenches, which were only 80 yards from the Germans. Believe me, this is real fighting. Have had splendid luck. I can not give you anything very definite as it would not be sent. All the boys join in sending their best respects to you and the bunch. Yours truly, BILLY DINGMAN.”

The Intelligencer March 19, 1915 (page 2)

“Announcement. THE PATRIOTIC MASS MEETING which was to be held at Griffin’s Opera House on Friday Evening has been postponed until Tuesday Evening, March 23rd. The Committee in charge have changed the date to accommodate some of the speakers who are to be brought to Belleville to inaugurate the Local Campaign for the Patriotic Fund. The names of the speakers, who are the foremost orators of the Dominion of Canada, will be announced in to-morrow’s Intelligencer.

Remember the date, MARCH 23rd. Belleville must wake up and get in line with the other Patriotic Cities, of Ontario, so let no able-bodied citizen of Belleville be absent from Griffin’s Opera House next Tuesday night. GOD SAVE THE KING.”