100 Years Ago: 80th Band Performs, A. Manning Receives Military Medal, Passports Are Necessary Now, Private McDonald Invalided Home

The Intelligencer February 2, 1917 (page 2)

“The Eightieth Band. Another of those fine concerts, for which Lieut. H. H. Stares and his musicians have become famous in England, was recently given at Aldershot for the benefit of the Patriotic Fund. The programme was an extended one, and full of interest. Belleville has every reason to feel proud of the successes attained by these musicians.”

The Intelligencer February 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Honors for an 80th Battalion Soldier. Sergt. T. E. Hyland in writing from Somewhere in France, to a friend in this city says, ‘I had the pleasure of attending the ceremony of the issuing of honors won at Courcelette, and was more than proud to see that A. Manning, one of the old boys of the 80th Battalion, was presented with the Military Medal for services volunteered for and rendered on the night of November 20th, 1916, and I am more than proud to say that he was a member of my own platoon, No. 7 of B Company.

The letter also states that Sergt. Hyland received a box on Christmas morning from the ladies of the Argyll Chapter, I.O.D.E., Belleville, for which he was very grateful and appreciated much the same, and would in the near future acknowledge it by letter.”

The Intelligencer February 2, 1917 (page 7)

“Passports Are Necessary Now. Any person desiring to go to the Old Country must in future receive a passport from the authorities at Ottawa. Hitherto, letters of identification from the Dominion Immigration Officer here have been largely used by those going out from Toronto, but a stop has been put to this practice on orders received from Ottawa this morning. …

Soldiers’ wives have been regular patrons of the immigration office for the past two years. Hundreds of these women have followed or preceded their husbands overseas every month, but from now on they will have to look to the authorities at the capital for their papers.”

The Intelligencer February 2, 1917 (page 8)

“Pte. McDonald Arrives Home. Another Belleville boy unheralded arrived home from the front during the early hours of this morning after doing his bit for his country. The soldier referred to is Pte. E. A. McDonald, who enlisted on July 23rd, 1915, with the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles, with a number of other Belleville boys. Pte. McDonald was wounded at the third battle of Ypres, and was shortly afterwards invalided. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McDonald, who reside on McDonald Ave., this city, and was before the war an employee of E. C. Sprague’s Dyeing establishment. Pte. McDonald will shortly return to a Kingston Convalescent Home, in order to receive further treatment.”