100 Years Ago: Frank Wannamaker Killed in Action, Frank Mondeville Died of Wounds, Poster for Canadian Defence Force, Canadian Soldiers Slandered, Early Closing for Wm. Davies Company

The Intelligencer May 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Death of Private Frank Wannamaker. The report of Pte. Frank Wannamaker’s death in France, published yesterday, appears to have been slightly in error. The following, received from his mother-in-law this morning, is the proper version:

‘Word was received in the city yesterday from the Record Office, Ottawa, conveying the sad intelligence that Private Frank Wannamaker has been killed in action. The deceased enlisted at Brighton, and was son-in-law to Mr. and Mrs. Manley Wrightmeyer, of 34 Wharf street, Belleville. They also lost a son in February, 1917, who was in uniform, and interred with military honors.’ “

[Note: Private Frank Wannamaker died on April 12, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 345 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Died of Wounds. Mrs. Frank Mondville residing at 36 ½ Church street, Belleville, received the following sad message:

Deeply regret to inform you 636826 Private Frank Mondville, infantry, previously reported wounded, now died of wounds, No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance, April 25th, 1917. Gunshot wounds and compound fracture. Private Mondville left Belleville with the 155th Battalion. He was known to many in this city, who will regret to learn of his death. A wife and one child survives.”

[Note: Private Frank Mondeville died on April 25, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 295 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 1, 1917 (page 3)

“To Defend Your Home. Get Into Khaki. You men who would go overseas but are compelled through force of circumstances to stay in Canada—you can serve with honor.

Back up the men of Vimy Ridge. Canadian Defence Force.”

The Intelligencer May 1, 1917 (page 4)

“Slandering Canadian Soldiers. Major Fred Rutherford, who has just returned to Canada after many months of military life in England, declares that the wet canteen is not only not an evil but is a necessity, that drunkenness in and about the camps is rarely seen, and that Canadian mothers have no cause to be alarmed about the moral conditions to which their sons overseas are exposed.

Similar testimony is given by Captain the Rev. W. B. Caswell, chaplain of the 18th Reserve battalion, in a letter to the Christian Guardian. ‘As an army,’ he writes, ‘I question if the world ever saw a better or even as good a one as that represented by the sons of Canada in England.’

These testimonies should allay anxieties caused by recent imprudent and slanderous statements made in Parliament and in the press, for no other than political purposes.”

The Intelligencer May 1, 1917 (page 6)

“Early Closing. We are informed that the Wm. Davies Company have decided to close their store at 1 P.M. Wednesdays during May, June, July and August. It has been the usual practise to give the staff an annual holiday, but owing to the shortage of men they are unable to carry out this custom this season. They take this opportunity to thank the ladies of Belleville and district for their patronage in the past, trusting they will give them their full support in this matter.”