100 Years Ago: Gunner James Miller Wounded, Corporal George Bowen in Hospital, Lecture on Women’s Work Abroad, 235th Battalion Not to Become Draft Battalion, 235th Battalion Hockey Team, Ad for Wallbridge & Clarke’s, Letter from A.J. Stewart, Red Cross Penny Bags

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 1)

“Gunner James Miller Wounded. The following despatch tells its own story: Ottawa, Ont., Nov. 23 1916. Mrs. L. Miller, Snell Terrace, E. Moira Street, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you that 300271, Gunner James Miller, artillery, officially reported admitted to No. 2 General Hospital, Letreport, Nov. 15th 1916, gunshot wound in abdomen, will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge records.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 1)

“Corporal G. T. Bowen Reported Seriously Ill. Ottawa, Ont. Nov. 26. Mrs. Geo. Bowen, Belleville, Ont.

Sincerely regret to inform you that 434902, Acting Corporal Geo. Thomas Bowen, infantry, officially reported seriously ill, 13th stationary hospital, Boulogne, Nov. 24th, 1916. Gunshot wound, face and shoulder. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge records.

The above refers to a Belleville boy, familiarly known as ‘Dode,’ who enlisted with the 50th Battalion at Calgary.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 1)

“Splendid Lecture Before Women’s Canadian Club. A very interesting lecture was delivered before the Women’s Canadian Club in the commodious assembly room of the High School building, Monday evening, with Mrs. R. W. Reford as the speaker.

The advance announcement that the popular lady had thrilled many audiences during the past few weeks, was fully substantiated, for last night’s discourse on the aspects of the war, and what is being done by the women in England, was an educator that will not soon be forgotten. …

A point that should not be lost sight of, said the speaker, is the aptness with which the women are substituting for the men in all lines of work, with the result that to-day mammoth armies have been organized by the Allies, fully equipped, with munitions galore, coming direct from the hands naturally dainty, but strong in purpose.

The varied branches of work were included in the address, the Red Cross, the magnificent hospital staffs, and particularly the never failing labors of the nurses, many from our own fair Dominion; the dainty little attentions, apparently casual, but nevertheless telling of deep sympathy; and the thousand and one methods of making the boys in the trenches, the soldiers on the cot, the ever arriving reinforcements, feel that the hand of friendship and love is ever ready to assist. …

Thrilled to the innermost recesses of the heart, the large and appreciative audience left the building with a renewed determination to continue the alloted bit for the protectors of the nation. And to the Women’s Canadian Club of Belleville is due an unstinted vote of thanks for securing Mrs. Reford for the evening’s speaker.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 2)

“235th Battalion Team in O.H.A. Arrangements have been completed for the entering of a hockey team of the 235th Battalion in the intermediate O.H.A. for the coming winter. This will be the only intermediate team in the city this winter and the soldier players should receive a great support from the local fans. Some good players have signed up with the 235th Battalion and a number of fast games may be expected.

Any hockey players who are desirous of enlisting will be welcomed by the Battalion and will be given every possible chance to gain a place on the team.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 2)


“Parcels for Overseas. Packed with every precaution to carry safely at Wallbridge & Clarkes. Cigars in boxes of ten 50c. & 65c. In boxes of twenty-five at 95c. and $1.50. Cigarettes in tin boxes. Fifties 50c. 65c. and 75c. Hundreds $1.00. All popular brands.

Neilson’s Chocolates, Cakes, Plum Puddings, Scotch Mints, Coffee, Coffee and Milk, Tea Tablets, Olives, Pickles, Tobaccos, New Nuts, Pineapple, Chocolate, New Table Raisins, Honey, etc., etc., etc. and

Chocolatta in tins at 25c. and 50c. A combination of Chocolate, Sugar and Milk—Nothing to add but Hot water—Delicious, nourishing and convenient. Wallbridge & Clarke’s.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 3)

“From A. J. Stewart. France, Nov. 5th, 1916. Dear wife—Just a few lines to let you know I am well, trusting you and the children are the same.

I have not much to write about, only we have moved to another part of France, much better than where we were. We are in good billets and our horses under cover, so don’t worry, for we are all O.K.

You have been busy getting ready for winter no doubt. I would like to have seen you and Mabel putting up the stove pipes. I am glad you sent the snapshot of Arthur Jr., he is growing like everything. …

Well, we had some exciting times in September, but I think it will never be as bad again. You were talking to W. Hutcheson. I am glad you saw him. I met him here. He must have had sometime at Ypres, but I don’t think it was as bad as the Somme. It is fall weather here, just like dear old Canada. …

I got your box the last day of October. The tobacco just came in fine. …

I can talk French very good now and will keep you guessing when I come home. I had the privilege of going through a coal mine one night and was much surprised to see so many young men and girls working in it. They are working for their country, it shows the grand spirit they have.

I think I must close. Remember me to Mabel and all the friends. With best of love to you and the children. I remain your loving Soldier boy A. J. Stewart.”

The Intelligencer November 28, 1916 (page 3)

“The Red Cross Penny Bags. Many of our citizens have complained that they either have not received bags, in which to put their pennies for our soldier boys, or that their bags have not been called for.

The work of the collectors is exacting and not always pleasant, and we ask them only to make one call each month at each house in their section. If those having bags find it impossible, for any reason, to receive the collectors on the last Wednesday of each month, would they kindly assist us by leaving their bags at a neighbors, or take it themselves to the collector or convenor of their district.

Miss Mary Yeomans, 45 Bridge Street West, will be very pleased to furnish bags to anyone, not already having them.”