100 Years Ago: Poster for Canadian Army Film, Maynooth Soldier Charles Ries Dies, 500 Children See Canada in Khaki Film

The Intelligencer March 9, 1917 (page 6)


“Jule and Jay J. Allen Present — The Canadian Army in Action and the Advance of the Tanks. Official Moving Pictures of The Battle of Courcelette. Monday and Tuesday, March 12th and 13th. Prices—Matinee and Night—Children 15¢; Adults 25¢.

‘I hope that the greatest success will attend the efforts of those who have organized this means of spreading throughout Canada news of the progress of this great war.’—The King of England.”

The Intelligencer March 9, 1917 (page 7)

“Returned Soldier Dies. The Bancroft Times has the following item in reference to the death of a member of the 80th Battalion who returned home. The death took place in the Peever Settlement on March 5th of Charles H. Reiss, who arrived home only about two weeks ago from overseas. The deceased enlisted in the 80th Battalion and served for over a year in the trenches.

He was wounded and appears to have been discharged from the hospital while still in a very weak condition. When he landed at Maynooth it is alleged he could not get anyone to drive him home. He had to walk a distance of seven or eight miles and the effort was too much for him. He contracted a severe cold which developed into pneumonia and caused his death.”

[Note: Private Charles Ries died on March 4, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 316 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer March 9, 1917 (page 7)

“About 500 school children witnessed the presentation of the Canada in Khaki film at Griffin’s yesterday afternoon. During the performance the children sang several patriotic songs and showed their hearty approval of the pictures in a general way.”