100 Years Ago: Philip Pauley Killed in Action, Private Rittwage Killed in Action, Lieutenant Blakely Invalided Home, Garden Window Display at Ritchie’s, More Bellevillians Enlist in Cobourg Heavy Battery

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Sgt. Philip W. Pauley. Mr. Pauley of this city, yesterday received the following sad message: Ottawa, Ont., May 23. George H. Pauley, 89 Octavia Street, Belleville. Deeply regret to inform you that Sgt. Philip Walter Pauley, infantry, officially reported killed in action, May 9th, 1917. Record. Office.

Sergt. Pauley, who was 23 years of age, enlisted with the 21st Battalion at Kingston under Col. Hughes. He went overseas two years ago and was in the trenches for twelve months. Previous to enlistment he was an employee of the Springer Lock Factory. He was a fine young man and had many friends in this city who will regret to learn of his death. The Sergeant was a member of Christ Church.”

[Note: Sergeant Walter Pauley died on May 9, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 306 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Mrs. Rittwage, who resides on Mill Street, Belleville, has received a telegram from the Record Office stating that her son, Private Rittwage had been killed in action. The young man left this city with the 155th Battalion.”

[Note: Private William Henry Rittwage died on May 4, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 316 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Blakely Is Invalided Home. Lieut. L. Blakely, who left Belleville as an officer of the 80th Battalion, arrived in this city at an early hour this morning, having been invalided home. Lieut. Blakely was one of the most popular officers of the 80th, and was efficient and brave. He has done his bit for King and country and returned to this city bearing unmistakable evidence of having been in the firing line.

At what is termed the Great Salient the Lieutenant was severely wounded about the head, and his spine was also injured to a considerable extent. Owing to the nature of the injuries received he was compelled to remain in a hospital for some time in the Motherland. As soon as he sufficiently convalesced he was allowed to return to Canada.

Lieut. Blakely came from the western part of Canada and was attached to the 80th Battalion. While in the city the Lieutenant made many friends who will wish for him a speedy recovery, from the terrible injuries he received. Belleville will for the time being be the Lieutenant’s home as he is much attracted to our beautiful city.”

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 2)

“Unique Window Display By The Ritchie Co. One of the most timely and attractive window displays seen in Belleville for many years, and one that has caused much favorable comment, is the garden scene displayed in Ritchie’s north show window. A real, genuine garden is depicted, with the plants and vegetable plots layed out in true backyard style.

A background of brick, and a miniature model home in the centre of the window adds to the effectiveness of the display, and the utensils usually required are scattered throughout the window in a most realistic manner.

Timely slogans, such as ‘Production Spells Patriotism,’ and ‘The Planting Line Supports the Firing Line,’ are displayed, and it should do much to further the cause of more production. It is indeed a most creditable arrangement both to the designer and the Ritchie Co. May it bring good results.”

The Intelligencer May 25, 1917 (page 3)

“The Cobourg Heavy Battery is at present very popular with the young men of this city. Every draft leaving Cobourg has always had a large quota from Belleville. In the seventh draft we had about fifteen men and in the eighth draft, which will soon be leaving for overseas but the ninth draft, now forming promises to have the largest representation of the ‘Bay City’ lads than any draft yet.

In addition to the nine names already published, the following have since put on a C.H.B. uniform: Messrs L. Bell, G. Roote, M. Loche, D. Foote, R. Sills and R. Ives. Seven students from Albert College are also similarly enlisting in the course of a couple of weeks. Several of our men about town are putting on a Cobourg H. B. uniform to-day and quite a number will tomorrow.

Bombardier Bullock and Gunner Madill are in charge of the local recruiting for the ninth draft, and if you don’t see them on the street, call at the Y.M.C.A. or phone Major McKinnon, O.C., Cobourg Heavy Battery.”