100 Years Ago: British Red Cross Campaign, Sydney Hollgerson Killed in Action, Canadian Women Should Stay Out of England, Poster for British Red Cross Day, Donation for British Red Cross Society from Sulphide, Message from Lloyd George

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 1)

“Every Home To Be Visited. A meeting of the workers in charge of the campaign to raise funds for the British Red Cross Society, was held in the Council Chamber at the City Hall, last evening. His Hon. Judge Wills, presided. The work of organizing was completed, and arrangements made so that every home in Belleville will be visited on Tuesday morning next, December 5th.

It is to be hoped that everyone will have their subscription ready when called upon. The need of money to carry on the great work of this society is most urgent, and Great Britain has asked for Canada’s aid. Other cities, towns and villages have given most liberally, and it is the duty of every citizen to see that the donation to be made by the City of Belleville, will be one of which we may be proud.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 1)

“Belleville Soldier Killed. The following telegram was received in the city this morning: ‘No. 453195, Sydney Hollgerson, 58th Battalion, previously reported wounded, now killed in action on October 8th.’ Mrs. Hollgerson, the mother of Sydney Hollgerson, resides in this city.”

[Note: Private Sydney Hollgerson died on October 8, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 104 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 1)

“Should Stay Out of England. Ottawa. The Government again calls attention to the undesirability of Canadian women going to England at the present time, except in cases of necessity. It is pointed out that every additional person in England now who is not doing some real national service becomes a drain upon the food supply there.

The warning is again repeated that transportation limitations may make it very difficult for these women to return to Canada if they wait until the movement of troops begins.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 2)


“What The British Red Cross Society Does.

It gives medical and surgical aid to the wounded. The nurses and doctors who give their heroic services on the firing line, at the base hospitals, on the emergency trains and hospital ships, must have bandages, splints, medicines, stretchers, conveyances, ambulances and everything that goes to succour and heal the wounded. Beds, clothing, antiseptics, instruments, X-Ray apparatus, operating equipment and a thousand other necessary hospital requirements, to take care of the thousands of our brave, cheerful soldiers, who are dying or being maimed for life that we may still be free men. Money is now urgently needed to carry on this great work. Give and heal.

Tuesday Dec. 5th will be Belleville’s Red Cross Day. DO YOUR DUTY!”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 2)

“British Red Cross. The Tweed branch of the Bank of Montreal has forwarded to the Hon. T. W. McGarry, treasurer, British Red Cross Fund, $417 being the donation to the fund of the employees of the Nichols Chemical Co., Sulphide, Ont.”

The Intelligencer November 29, 1916 (page 5)


“A Message From Lloyd George. The Right Hon. David Lloyd George, speaking on ‘The Lesson of Sacrifice,’ said:—

‘We have been living in a sheltered valley for generations. We have been too comfortable and too indulgent, many perhaps too selfish. But the stern hand of fate has scourged us to an elevation where we can see the everlasting things that matter for a Nation, the great peaks we had forgotten—of Honour, Duty, Patriotism, and clad in glittering white, the towering pinnacle of Sacrifice, pointing like a rugged finger to Heaven.’

Compared to service in the trenches, Service in the Munitions Plant is the lesser sacrifice, but it is hardly less vital to the Empire. Mark H. Irish, Director of Munitions Labor, National Service Board, Canada.”