100 Years Ago: Sandy Mindle of Coe Hill Dies of Wounds and Brother Ora Acile Mindle Wounded, Queen Mary School Cadets Inspected

The Intelligencer May 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Doubly Afflicted. Mr. F. Mindle of Coe Hill, received the sad intelligence that his son, Pte. S. A. Mindle died of wounds and the day following he received another telegram stating that his second son, Pte. A. A. Mindle had been severely wounded. The boys enlisted over a year ago and went overseas with the 155th Battalion. They were transferred to the 21st Battalion after going overseas, and have been at the front about two months. The bereaved family have the sympathy of their many friends.”

[Note: Private Sandy Alexander Mindle died on April 12, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 295 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Ora Acile Mindle died on November 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 295 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Queen Mary School Cadets. The annual inspection of Queen Mary School Cadet Corps No. 8, took place on Tuesday, May 1st, at 1.30 P. M. The inspecting officer was Major Ponton, a veteran of the 2nd Battalion, C. E. F. The corps was given a thorough inspection, being tested in company drill, rifle drill, extended order, etc. Each officer did his work in a very efficient manner. The corps has two companies and eighty-six on the roll. This year the officers are all new, as the old ones have passed into the High School. One of the handicaps of the Cadet Corps in the Public School is that we are constantly training officers for the High School.

Major Ponton, in his address to the Cadets after inspection, said that he was delighted with the way the officers did their work. He complimented the corps upon their appearance, discipline and steadiness, and said they had the best officers and were the best Cadet Corps in the Belleville Public Schools.”