100 Years Ago: Two Beefless and Two Baconless Days Recommended, Lance Sergeant Lorne Bassett Dies in England

The Intelligencer August 3, 1917 (page 6)

“Ottawa. Two beefless and two baconless days each war-time week for all Canadians, is understood to be the recommendation which Hon. W. J. Hanna, the Food Controller, last night placed in the hands of Hon. C. J. Doherty, Minister of Justice, for Government action.

The recommendation is accompanied by others requiring all caterers serving more than 25 meals per day to supply other bread than wheat bread for their patrons at every meal.

Warning to Canadians. Addressing a public meeting in the Russell Theatre last night, Food Controller Hanna issued a solemn warning to the people of Canada that unless the country lined up for economy in food it would be face to face with starvation this winter. Mr. Hanna declared that if all did their duty no one would starve, but if it came to a question of hunger at home or at the front, the boys in the trenches would not be allowed to suffer. …  To the young men he said the best way to serve their country was by eating their meals at the front.”

The Intelligencer August 3, 1917 (page 7)

“Capable Young Officer Dead. L. Sergt. Lorne Bassett, of Madoc Village, died in Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, England, on July 26th, after a few days’ illness of endocarditis. This brave young lad enlisted with the 155th Battalion at Belleville, and was among its first recruits.

After a short training he entered the military school in Kingston for a Sergeant’s course, and on his return was acting-sergeant instructor. He had the essential qualities of an instructor—a clear and commanding voice, patient in temperament, and exemplary in character. When the battalion went to England, he tried several times to ‘go on a draft’ to France, but was refused. The authorities there having been of the same opinion as to his fitness as an instructor, and he was detained to assist in the training of the Canadian Reserve Battalion.

He was a splendid young man, 18 years and 9 months old, and was very enthusiastic in his work. Previous to his enlistment he was a clerk in Messrs. Cross Co.’s store. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church.”

[Note: Lance Sergeant Lorne Bertram Bassett died on July 26, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 197 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]