100 Years Ago: War Badges to Be Issued, Gunner Jack Clark Gassed, Memorial Service for Bert Post, Poster for Food Service Pledge, King’s Message to Canada on Food

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 2)

“Ottawa. An order-in-Council providing for the issue of war badges by the Canadian Government to members of the Canadian Forces who have been honorably discharged, or who have been rejected as medically unfit, was tabled in the Commons. …

The first class consists of members of the C.E.F. who have seen active service at the front, and in case of officers, have been honorably retired, or in the case of N.C.O.’s and men, have been honorably discharged, or been returned to or retained in Canada on duty.

The second class consists of officers or men who have been honorably discharged on account of old age, wounds or sickness, which would render them permanently unfit for further military service.

The third class consists of members of the C.E.F. not included in the preceding classes, who have been honorably retired on account of old age, wounds or sickness.

Class four consists of men who, prior to Aug. 10 offered themselves for active service and were rejected as and still are medically unfit. …  Penalties for misrepresentation, falsely wearing a badge, or illegally manufacturing them, are provided.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Gunner Clarke Gassed. Mrs. Wm. Clark, College Street, received the following telegram from Ottawa yesterday: ‘Regret to inform you that 300324 Gunner Jack Clark, artillery, gassed Sept. 9, and admitted to No. 3 Ambulance Depot. Will send further particulars when received. Officers of Records.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Memorial Service. At Christ Church yesterday morning a portion of the service was devoted to a memorial service for the late Pte. Bert Post, who recently died from wounds received in action in France. The service was of an impressive nature, and the rector, Rev. Dr. Blagrave, spoke feelingly and sympathetically of the bereaved family, two of whom have made the supreme sacrifice within a year. Mrs. Col. Campbell presided at the organ, and the Dead March in Saul was played as the congregation remained reverently in attendance. Many were in attendance at the service.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 3)

“Canada! Ypres, April 22-24, 1915. They Also Serve Who Sign and Live Up to The Food Service Pledge! Woman’s Auxiliary, Organization of Resources Committee, in Co-operation with The Hon. W. J. Hanna, Food Controller.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1917 (page 4)

“The King’s Message to Canada. ‘I learn with the deepest gratification of the effective steps being taken in the Dominion of Canada towards providing those increased supplies of food which are absolutely essential to the defeat of the enemy’s devices and to a speedy and successful termination of the war. I have no doubt that the self-sacrifice displayed on the battlefields of France by my heroic troops will find its counterpart in the efforts of those who, at home in the Dominion, are devoting themselves to this work. All those thus loyally engaged contribute in important measure towards assuring victory.’—George R.I.”