100 Years Ago: Grant of $500 to 15th Battalion Recommended by Belleville, Corporal Ernest Carr to Be Postmaster at Corbyville, Percy Beaumont Died in Battle, Subscriptions to Patriotic Campaign Published, Poster for Canadian Defence Force

The Intelligencer April 14, 1917 (pages 1, 7, 8)

“At a regular fortnightly meeting of the Civic Committee held last evening considerable business was transacted and passed to the Council. …  Major O’Flynn addressed the committee in reference to the grant being made for the 15th Battalion, which he had been placed in command of. He would request a grant of $500, which had been made to other Battalions by the city. The government does give a certain amount, but it is not for advertising purposes, which is necessary. …

Ald. Platt.—We should have a statement as to how the money is expended. Major O’Flynn—The statement will be furnished. If I get a grant first at Belleville, he would ask for grants from Trenton, Picton and other places. …

Ald. Woodley—Major O’Flynn did his bit for his King and Country and we should help him in this matter. It was recommended that a grant of $500 towards securing recruits be made to Major O’Flynn and the latter to make a statement when asked to do so.”

The Intelligencer April 14, 1917 (page 3)

“Soldier Gets a Post Office. Corp. Ernest A. V. Carr has been recommended by Mr. W. B. Northrup, M. P. for East Hastings, to fill the vacant postmastership at Corbyville. Corporal Carr is a Belleville boy, who until a few days ago was an inmate of the Military Hospital in Toronto. …  Corporal Carr lost both legs while fighting with the Canadians in the salient at St. Eloi, and he has to be taken around in an invalid’s chair.

The plucky young corporal, who is only 24 years of age, had a narrow escape from death when the high explosive landed in his immediate vicinity. Both legs were so badly crushed and splintered that the next day, June 10, 1916, amputation was considered necessary. The corporal’s system was shattered by the shock. When he returned to Canada young Carr brought back with him to Mrs. G. N. Barnett, of Belleville, a mud-bespattered flag belonging to her son, who was killed in action on the salient.

Corporal Carr has the distinction of having signed on for active service four days after the declaration of war. On August 8, 1914, he offered himself for service, and proceeded to Valcartier, whence he crossed to England and eventually to Salisbury as a member of the 2nd Battalion. With this unit he took the field early in 1915, and for more than a year held down a portion of the line in the salient where the Canadians suffered so severely. On being wounded on June 9th, 1916, he was removed to the General Hospital at Boulogne. …

Prior to enlisting Carr was employed as a railway fireman. He also served for a time in the militia as a member of a battery of artillery.”

The Intelligencer April 14, 1917 (page 7)

“Has Done His Bit. Percy Beaumont, son of Mrs. Peter Vineff, fell in the battle on the 26th day of March last, while participating in an infantry engagement. Percy was just 20 years of age, and left with the 80th Battalion about a year ago.

He was among the first to offer himself for service, but owing to the smallness of his stature he met with considerable discouragement in enlisting, but he stuck to his guns and was accepted and he developed into a splendid wide-awake soldier. Percy was generally liked by his associates and all who knew him as he possessed an agreeable disposition and was a good boy to work.”

[Note: Private Percy Beaumont died on March 26, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 198 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 14, 1917 (page 9)

“Detailed Compilation Shows Liberal Spirit of Belleville Contributors—Nearly Nine Thousand, Five Hundred Dollars Already Turned In. …  These subscriptions, combined with the liberal donations by our City Council, are worthy of the patriotic spirit of our people. …  If there are any names which are not shown on the lists, or which are shown incorrectly, the committee would be pleased if the parties would advise them of the error.”

The Intelligencer April 14, 1917 (page 12)

“Here Is Your Opportunity. Serve at Home! Thousands of trained troops are marking time in Canada, while the need for men is vital in France. The Minister of Militia and Defence appeals to you to enlist in the Canadian Defence Force in order that the men of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces held in Canada may be released.

For full particulars enquire at Armories of the Regiments listed below.

Belleville, 15th Regiment (Argyll Light Infantry).”