100 Years Ago: 15th Regiment A.L.I., Y.M.C.A. Representatives Speak at Churches, Poster for Y.M.C.A. Campaign, Ad for Gillette Safety Razor, David Bennett Wounded, Soldiers’ Private Debts Cannot Be Collected, No Stone Memorials Permitted over Graves, Four Belleville Soldiers Wounded

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Col. Barragar was in attendance at the drill last night of the 15th Regt. (Militia). After an hours’ instruction under the most competent drill instructors those present held a meeting with the colonel in the lecture room. It was decided that the regular nights weekly for instruction until the 1st of July next will be Monday for squad company drill and Friday for battalion drill. …  There will be competent instructors at each drill and an opportunity will be given for those desiring to qualify as non-coms. and officers. …

Young men should come without hesitation, and the young women of our fair city, who have been doing so much for patriotic purposes, should insist upon all their men friends and relatives unable to join the other forces to turn out for military training in the 15th Regt.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Special Services at Local Churches. The churches of the city are very heartily co-operating with the movement for assisting the National Council of the Y.M.C.A. in its work for our soldier boys at home and overseas.

Representatives of the military department of the council will speak tomorrow in various churches …  St. Thomas …  Christ Church …  St. Andrews …  Holloway St. Methodist …  John St. Presbyterian …  Tabernacle …  Baptist Church…  Bridge St. Methodist …  Reformed Episcopal. …  These men all have had practical experience in work among the troops and will have an interesting presentation to make of this form of association activity.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 3)

“For our boys’ sake! They are fighting for YOU—What are you doing for THEM?

‘It is the last evidence of humanity as our boys go forward to their grim job in the trenches—the last sign that anybody cares.’—From a Soldier’s letter.

Help the Y.M.C.A. to help the soldiers. Belleville will help. A canvass for $5000 will be conducted May 22 and 23.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 6)

“Relaxing the Tension with a good Gillette Shave. A day a-wing over enemy lines—scouting, observing, fighting, dodging shells and machine-gun bullets—is a nervous strain that has no precedent and probably no equal. When our airmen alight at last, after flights an eagle might envy, they certainly do enjoy the refreshing relaxation of a cool, smooth Gillette shave.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Lieut. David L. Bennett. A Young Englishman Who Made Good in Belleville, and Is Now Wounded in Hospital. The following sketch of a former Belleville resident is taken from a recent issue of the St. Alban’s (England) Times. …

Lieut. David L. Bennett (22) of the Canadian Contingent, who, we regret to say has been severely wounded, the humerus of his right arm having been fractured by machine gun fire. …

Lieut. David L. Bennett was engaged in the telephone service at St. Albans, and went out to Canada about three years ago, and was there rapidly rising in the telephone service at Belleville, Ontario. He was married shortly before leaving for England, to Miss Grace Winnifrid Maidens, of Belleville. He was wounded at the storming of Vimy Ridge, when the Canadians gave such a heroic account of themselves. Mrs. Bennett, who is with her parents at 167 Victoria Avenue, states that latest reports regarding her husband’s condition are most encouraging.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“As applications continue to be received at militia headquarters and by officers commanding districts from tradesmen and other individuals for assistance in the recovery of debts due to them by officers and soldiers serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, or the active militia of Canada, and from officers’ or sergeants’ messes, regimental canteens, etc., it has been found desirable to enforce payments, and they are unable to assist in the recovery of private debts. All persons who give credit to officers and soldiers do so at their own risk.

Officers, non-commissioned officers and men are as amenable to the civil law of the country as any other class of His Majesty’s subjects, with this exception, that no execution can be taken against their person, pay, arms, ammunition, equipment, instruments, regimental necessaries or clothing. The militia authorities are therefore unable to take any steps towards the collection of private debts.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Notification has been received at militia headquarters from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries, London, that owing to difficulties of transport and for military reasons, it has been found necessary to issue the strictest regulation forbidding the acceptance of even a small stone memorial for erection over the graves in France, during the continuation of hostilities. Under arrangements now in force, all known graves are marked with a durable wooden cross, with a stamped metal inscription bearing full particulars.

The above information is published in order to spare much disappointment to relatives of deceased officers and men who may contemplate sending memorials to England for erection over graves in France.”

The Intelligencer May 19, 1917 (page 7)

“Wounded in Action. Willis Sargent. Ottawa, May 15, 1917. W. A. Sargent, M. D., Colborne. Sincerely regret to inform you No. 220510 Pte. Willis Bailey Sargent, infantry, officially reported admitted 32 Stationary hospital, Wimereux, May 8th, 1917, gun shot wound, right leg. Will send particulars when received. Officer in Charge Records.

Pte. Sargent was a student at Albert College, Belleville, when he enlisted. Just one year ago he left Belleville for overseas, and three months later went to the firing line and has seen much fighting. He was with the victorious Canadians at Vimy Ridge, coming through unscratched. That his wound may not cause permanent injury is the wish of many friends.

Arthur Calbery. Ottawa, May 17, 1917. Mrs. Ethel Calbery, 90 Canifton Road, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that 636898 Pte. Arthur Calbery, infantry, officially reported admitted to Sixth General Hospital, Rouen, May 9 1917. Gunshot wound in back. Will send further particulars when received. Officer in charge Records.

Gr. Paterson Wounded. Ottawa, May 19th, 1917. Sincerely regret to inform you that 40,469 Gunner William Paterson, artillery, officially reported admitted to 8th Stationary Hospital, Wimreux, May 12th, 1917, wounded severely in leg and back. Will send further particulars when received. Record Office.

Gunner Paterson left Belleville with the 34th Battery in August 1914, and since being at the front had been promoted to a corporal. He has been to the firing line over two years and was only 17 years of age when he left here. William’s many friends in Belleville will hope that he will recover from his wounds.

Sergeant A. E. Harris. Ottawa, May 18. Jesse Harris, Belleville, Ontario. A.F.F. 360. Sincerely regret to inform you 40426 Sergt. Albert E. Harris, artillery, officially reported admitted to Australian General, Wenereux, May 12th, 1917, wounded slightly in leg and forehead. Will send further particulars when received. Record Office.

Sergt. Harris is the only son of Mr. Jesse Harris, the genial city messenger, and left Belleville with the 34th Battery. He has been in the fighting line for months, and has had some narrow escapes. Fortunately his wounds are not apparently of a serious nature.”