100 Years Ago: Invalid Chair Donated, Letter from Fred Dixon, Presentation to Sergeant Major Lavin, New Year’s Night at The Khaki Club, North Atlantic Patrol Service Recruits Needed

The Intelligencer January 3, 1917 (page 1)

“West Belleville Women’s Institute to Send Practical Contribution for Comfort of The Wounded Soldiers. Much attention will be attracted to the invalid chair placed in the window of the Thompson’s furniture store. This chair is being sent to a hospital in England by the Women’s Institute of West Belleville, for the use of wounded soldiers.

Several friends of the ladies gave subscriptions for the purchase of this piece of equipment. The chair will bear the inscription of the Women’s Institute, and will no doubt cheer the hearts of some Canadian boys who have been so unfortunate as to need it.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1917 (page 5)

“Dear Sir:—Once again I take great pleasure of writing you this letter wishing you and the staff a Happy New Year, with every success to the paper, which we boys over here read with interest, knowing it to be from the many kind friends in Belleville.

I am now resting and getting ready for the trenches again. I now have the pleasure to inform you that Pte. J. Kennedy is mentioned with the party of stretcher bearers for the D.C.M. for carrying wounded off the field while under heavy shell fire. I hope he gets it. The Belleville boys are making a good name for themselves and a credit to the place they came from. We are very thankful to the Daughters of the Empire in forwarding us the parcels, which contain so many useful things needed by us. We are still awake. I now close with best wishes to all. I remain Yours sincerely, Pte. Fred Dixon.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1917 (page 5)

“Presented with Walking Stick. The following incident connected with the 155th Battalion, now overseas, explains itself: Bramshott, Hants. We have called this meeting to-night to endeavour to express in a few words, our appreciation of our worthy friend and supporter, B. S. M. Lavin. Since being under his command and supervision, he has always been a friend to those who have deserved his consideration. His interest in the Mess has been specially noticeable and I am sure that the members will all agree with me that he has helped to raise the Mess to the high standard which it holds to-day.

In our pleasures he has always been with us, and has never failed when things did not look so bright. I do not know what plans Sgt. Major has made for the future, but hope that whatever course he decides on, prosperity and good luck will follow him.

We hardly thought that words of appreciation and praise would be sufficient to express the kind sentiments in our minds, so hope that Bn. Sgt. Major Lavin will accept from the Sgts. of the 155th Batt., a small token of remembrance. I have the honor to be, Sir, on behalf of the Sgts. of the 155th Batt, C. E. F.

S. H. Turner, C. S. M., President. J. Neville, C. Q. M., Sec. of Mess. The presentation was a gold mounted walking stick.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1917 (page 5)

“New Year’s Night at the Khaki Club was a pleasant affair, in spite of the hockey match and other special attractions there was a fair attendance. The ladies in charge were all old friends and workers of the club.

Mrs. MacColl presided at the piano, and many choruses were sung. Mrs. W. J. Brown was in charge of the canteen which was a sure guarantee of plenty of good things for the soldiers, and Mrs. Edwards looked after the coffee. It is worth mentioning that these last two named members have never missed a Khaki Club evening, except through sickness, since the 80th Battalion came up from Barriefield camp, over a year ago. Chief Brown made a substantial donation towards the refreshments for the evening.”

The Intelligencer January 3, 1917 (page 6)

“Home Defence! North Atlantic Patrol Service. Men Wanted. A largely increased cruiser fleet is necessary to protect Canada and the trade routes against the renewed German submarine activities. Men up to the age of 45, with previous sea-faring experience, will be enrolled at once. Pay: Seamen, $1.10; stokers, $1.20; separation allowance, $20.

R. N. C. V. R. Atlantic Division. Boys Too. A limited number of boys between the ages of 15 and 18 will also be given the opportunity to participate in this service. Pay: 50c. per day. Apply to Commodore Aemilius Jarvis. Naval Recruiting Officer for Ontario, Jarvis Building, Toronto.”