100 Years Ago: Marson Hitchon Dies of Wounds, George Hoppings Is Wounded, Poster for Men to Help Farmers, Letter from Leslie Yerex on Anniversary of His Arrival in France

The Intelligencer August 10, 1917 (page 1)

“Pte. Hitchon Died of Wounds. Mr. Joseph Hitchon of this city, Sunday last received a message from the military Director of Records at Ottawa, stating that his son, Marson, had been seriously wounded on August 1st, and had been admitted to the 33rd Casualty Clearing Station. This morning another message was received conveying the sad intelligence that he died on August 2nd, as the result of wounds received.

Marson Hitchon left Belleville with the Signal Section of the 155th Battalion, and was one of the first of that section to be sent to France, and had only been there a short time before he was wounded. He was a young man only 20 years of age and previously to enlistment had been engaged in a vulcanizing establishment here.

He was a very bright and cheerful young man, and while a pupil of the Belleville High School was very popular with his companions. He was an athlete and had won many prizes at the annual field days in connection with the school. The news of his death will be learned with deep regret by all who knew him.

In addition to the parents a brother, Allan, and a sister, Jean, both of Belleville, survive. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the bereaved relatives.”

The Intelligencer August 10, 1917 (page 2)

“Officially Reported Wounded. Pte. George Hoppings, son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Hoppings, Dundas Street, Deseronto, who went overseas with the 155th Battalion, was officially reported wounded on July 25th with gun shot in the left leg. He has been admitted to the General Hospital, Letreport.”

The Intelligencer August 10, 1917 (page 6)

“Take Off Your Coat and Give the Farmer a Hand! When, three months ago, we called upon Ontario’s farmers for mighty efforts to avert the threatened Famine and World-Hunger, they responded splendidly.

Aided by Providential weather, Ontario’s Crop is one of the biggest in her history. The farmer has done his part.

We Town and City Men must do our part.

Belleville Men Register at Mayor’s Office.”

The Intelligencer August 10, 1917 (page 7)

“From Leslie Yerex. 33rd Battery. July 13. Dear Mother:—As this is the anniversary of my arrival in France I thought I would celebrate it by writing to you first thing this morning. It is just six o’clock and I have finished my breakfast, consisting of a spoonful of porridge (I don’t know what it is made of), two pieces of bread, and some tea. …

I received two Top-Notch magazines the other day, also scrap book Elsie made, two magazines from Aunt Bert, received two letters and parcel from you yesterday. They were welcome indeed. Everything in the box was good, but was sorry the cake was not bigger.

Tell Dad if he cannot send more than that he must not make it so good, as then I would not like it and a small one would do. Now don’t mind this little kick, for it’s Dad’s fault for making the cake so good. It was fine. I would much rather have it than canned goods. You see about nine-tenths of what we have at meal time consists of canned stuff, including dried vegetables from R. J. Graham’s.

They are all good, but we do like the home-made things for a change. I have enough cocoa to last me a while yet. The maple sugar was great. Well, I guess this is all for this time. Les.”