100 Years Ago: Edward Wardhaugh Killed in Action, James Larmer Invalided Home, Nearly Fifty Thousand Americans Fighting, Ad for Wrigley’s

The Intelligencer February 5, 1917 (page 1)

“Some time ago a message was received in Belleville that Private Edward Wardhaugh, of this city was missing. In the casualty list today his name appears and is believed that he has been killed. He formerly resided at 156 ½ Church street and was well known in this city, where he spent the greater portion of his life. His Mother Mrs. A. Wardhaugh lives here.”

[Note: Private Edward Wardhaugh died on November 18, 1916. He is commemorated on Page 178 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer February 5, 1917 (page 1)

“Another Hero Arrives Home. Private James Larmer of Belleville, arrived in the city yesterday, and his coming was not known. Private Larmer, who was a former employee at the G.T.R. shops, in this city, enlisted with the 59th Battalion at Brockville, and went overseas with that battalion. He was severely wounded and returns home minus an arm. The unfortunate hero had been for some time in England.”

The Intelligencer February 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Fifty Thousand Americans Aid. Nearly fifty thousand Americans are estimated to be fighting for the Allies and inquiry shows that nearly four-fifths of these are in the khaki-clad British army commanded by Field Marshal Haig. …  Hundreds of Americans have given their lives for the cause of the Allies, and hundreds of others bear permanent scars of the shock of battle, but each new battalion and each new group of reinforcements arriving from overseas brings numbers of their fellow-countrymen to take their places.

The Canadian regiments naturally attracted the greatest number of Americans, many of the recruits living in the Dominions when the war broke out. But Americans are also scattered throughout the distinctly English battalions, and some are found among the Australians, South Africans, and in the different staff departments.”

The Intelligencer February 5, 1917 (page 5)

“Hurrah! Here’s relief from thirst; here’s fresh vigour for the boys at the Front and workers at home!

Wrigley’s Soothes, refreshes, and sustains through weary hours of suspense and struggle. It helps appetite and digestion too. Delicious and antiseptic—wholesome and beneficial.

After every meal and in the long watch, it cheers thousands every day. A boon to smokers. Send some packets or a box to your soldier lad. It’s on sale everywhere.”