100 Years Ago: 235th Battalion Team Challenges Ladies Rifle Club, John Maracle Killed in Action

The Intelligencer January 31, 1917 (page 5)

“When the Ladies Rifle Club received a challenge a few days ago to shoot a match against a picked team representing the 235th Battalion, C.E.F., they simply smiled and said ‘with pleasure.’ The representatives of his Majesty’s Army, thinking they had a snap, entered the fray with confidence. The attack opened at 3 p.m. in the Armories, and from the first shot fired, the men were kept strictly on the defensive, with the result that at 5 p.m. they retired to their reserve trenches on Pinnacle Street with a score of 721 to 632 against them, defeated by 89 points.

Reinforcements are being brought up and a counter attack is expected next week, when they hope to recover their lost ground. The ladies are to be congratulated on the grand scores made, and are now confident they can beat any team brought against them, not excepting the Men’s Club a team of whom they defeated a few weeks ago and are now looking forward to a return match, which is booked for February 9th next.”

The Intelligencer January 31, 1917 (page 7)

“Paid the Supreme Sacrifice. Word has been received that Private John Maracle, who left Belleville for overseas service, had been killed in France on the 12th inst. The hero was 42 years of age and previous to enlisting lived on the Mohawk Reserve, being a member of the Mohawk band.”

[Note: Private John Maracle died on January 12, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 290 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]