100 Years Ago: Vernon Doolittle Wounded, Ernest Insley Wounded, High School Cadets Inspected

The Intelligencer May 2, 1917 (page 2)

“V. Doolittle Wounded. A cable was received yesterday by Mrs. B. Doolittle, residing on Sinclair St., which reads as follows: Ottawa, Ont., April 30, 1917. Mrs. E. Doolittle (Mother), 39 Sinclair Street, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that 304093 Gunner Vernon Doolittle, artillery, officially reported admitted to No. 14 General Hospital, Winnereux, April 22, 1917, severe contusion foot. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1917 (page 2)

“Former Belleville Man Is Wounded. Mrs. E. A. Insley of Toronto, has been in receipt of the following telegram:

Sincerely regret to inform you 412123 Pte. Ernest Insley, officially reported wounded, April 19, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge of Record Office.

Private Insley referred to, was a former Bellevillian, and he enlisted here with the 39th Battalion and went overseas with that Battalion in June, 1915, and was drafted in the 2nd Battalion, with which he went to France. His many friends in Belleville will hope that his wounds are not of a serious nature.”

The Intelligencer May 2, 1917 (page 2)

“High School Cadets Inspected. Consisting of three cadet companies, underwent a very careful inspection by Lt.-Col. Gillespie, the inspector of the Third Division. The strength of the Corps, which, according to the cadet roll, number 131, was greatly depleted owing to the absence of 49 cadets, who had enlisted at Easter for farm and munitions work.

In the words of the inspecting officer the work of the Corps was commended highly as being ‘exceptionally good,’ which is the highest term of praise given by an inspecting officer to a Belleville Cadet Corps.

The High School Corps is the finest in the city both in numbers and in proficiency, is the holder of the Wallace Robb Cup this year as well as last. This cup is held by the corps which in open competition, proves itself the most efficient cadet corps in the city. The Corps of the High School has been one of the most effective factors in gaining recruits for overseas service, and lately in furnishing recruits for farm service to meet the food crisis.”