100 Years Ago: Bert Post Seriously Ill, Patriotic Meeting at Ivanhoe, Letter from Herb Allison, Memorial Service for Bud Farrow

The Intelligencer September 4, 1917 (page 2)

“Seriously Ill. The relatives of Pte. Bert Post, in this city, have for some time been expecting his arrival here, but instead yesterday received the following telegram: Ottawa, Sept. 3rd. Daniel Post, 37 Front Street, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you 113488 Pte. Bert Post, infantry, officially, reported seriously ill, Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe, Aug. 29th, 1917. T. B. peritonitis. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Pte. Post went overseas with the 8th C.M.R. from Kingston, and was wounded a year ago last June, and since has been incapacitated from active service. A brother, Pte. William Post, was killed in action a few months ago.”

The Intelligencer September 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Patriotic Meeting. On Friday night last at Ivanhoe, Huntingdon township, a meeting of the ratepayers of the township was held for the purpose of discussing the question of raising funds for patriotic purposes. There was a good attendance of the representative residents of the township.

Mr. W. E. Tummon, ex-Reeve, presided over the gathering which was addressed by Mayor Ketcheson, Rev. G. C. Smith and Mr. J. Elliott, of Belleville, Rev. M. Tebworth. At the close, it was unanimously decided to have two mills added to the tax rate for Red Cross and patriotic purposes.”

The Intelligencer September 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Pte. H. Allison writes from Somewhere in France to his brother, Mr. B. Allison. Dear Brother and Sister:—I received your most welcome letter dated July 8th, while I was in the trenches. I am out of the trenches at present and am well and hope you are all well also. I have just had a good bath and a shave, the first for twelve days.

We have a concert to-night for the boys at the Y.M.C.A., and they have a moving picture show there every night, which is free. The band met us a few miles out, and it cheered us up a bit, after being in the trenches so long. We could march some then and did not feel a bit tired, although we were some wet, for it had rained hard that day, but we did not mind the rain much when we heard the band, and the boys singing. …

No, Bob, I cannot tell you anything that goes on here but I hope some day to be able to tell some, if not all. I will close for this time, hoping to hear from you and Andrew soon. Let Andrew read this letter also, and it will do for both. Good-bye. From your brother. Herb.”

The Intelligencer September 4, 1917 (page 7)

“Memorial Service for ‘Bud Farrow.’ On Sunday evening a memorial service was held in the Parish Church of St. Thomas for William Thomas Farrow. The Ven. Archdeacon Beamish spoke briefly of the character and churchmanship of the deceased soldier, and of his connection with the choir, (this being the third member of St. Thomas’ church choir to pay the supreme sacrifice). Letters from him containing many manly and Christian passages were quoted.

The music, under the direction of Prof. Wheatley, was the most impressive we have heard. The service was fully choral. Miss Kathleen Hungerford sang, ‘Now the Laborer’s Task Is O’er,’ and ‘Nearer My God to Thee,’ Master Wardle playing the ‘Last Post; after the Burial Office.

The family pew was draped with the Union Jack and the colors of the 155th Batt. were placed at the entrance to the chancel. A very large congregation attended the service, among who one saw the face of many a returned hero.”

[Note: Private William Thomas Farrow died on August 18, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 236 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]