100 Years Ago: Memorial Service for Archibald Lambert, Gunner Alf Belton Returning, Gunner William Charles Burgis Seriously Ill, Women Must Save or Soldiers Starve, Christmas Joy for Boys in the Trenches

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Memorial Service. At Christ Church yesterday morning, a memorial service was held for Lance-Corporal Archibald Lambert, a member of that church, who was killed in action on September 11th. The rector, Rev. Dr. Blagrave, referred feelingly to the hero who had given his life in a noble cause. During the service the Dead March in Saul was rendered upon the organ by Mrs. Col. Campbell, organist, the congregation remained standing while it was being rendered.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Gunner Belton Returning. Mrs. Belton, 219 Front street, has received a letter from her husband, Gunner Alf. Belton, who has been wounded three times and is now on his way to Canada after serving three years at the front and passing through many hard battles with exciting experiences.

He states in his letter that he has been up to London to bid good-bye to his many friends there. His wounds still give him some trouble, and medical treatment will be continued in Canada. Gunner Belton will receive a cordial welcome from his many friends here.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 2)

“Gunner Burgiss Seriously Ill. Mr. J. W. Burgiss, residing in this city received the following telegram which refers to his son: Ottawa, Sept. 22, 1917. J. W. Burgiss, 111 Foster Avenue, Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you 40286 Gunner W. E. Burgiss, artillery, officially reported seriously ill, 30th general hospital, Calais. Sept. 18th, 1917. Will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Gunner Burgiss enlisted with the 34th Battery the day the battery left this city. Previous to enlistment, he was employed at the rolling mills, being a horse shoe bender. He had previously been reported as both wounded and gassed.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 4)

“Women Must Save or Soldiers Starve. …  The housewives of Canada are not urged to save food so that they may save money or reduce the prices of food, though there may be an indirect tendency in this direction. They are asked to save food so that our soldiers may eat it. If they have to rise from the table with appetites not wholly appeased they are asked to remember that their inconvenience or even discomfort is as nothing compared with what our armies are called upon to endure. …

In reply to the suggestion that the people at home should go on eating as before the war, while the soldiers be permitted to eat the substitutes, it is only necessary to say that the substitutes cannot be preserved or packed and shipped as readily as white flour, bacon and beef. …

To waste in these days is a crime, for the sufferer is not the person who wastes, but the person who may go hungry because of that waste. We must eat up the scraps. The old-fashioned doctrine of the clean plate must be preached again. Housewives who have entrusted the whole duty of buying and preparing the food to service must recognize that they have a personal responsibility in the matter.

The work of the women of Canada is of vital importance. They must do the saving; the men must do the financing and the fighting. …  The women of Canada who have already shown such magnificent spirit, have it in their power to strike a blow for the Allied cause comparable to the blow their sons and brothers struck at Vimy Ridge.”

The Intelligencer September 24, 1917 (page 5)

“ ‘Merry Christmas.’ Christmas Joy for the Boys in the Trenches—Send a Message of Cheer. Not that any one of us thinks that such a thing could be possible, unless this awful war is ended, and even in that case it would not be a ‘Merry Christmas’ in many, many homes.

Our own happy day is not what we are considering. What we want is to give our dear ones far across the seas, in the trenches, in hospitals, in all places of peril and loneliness as merry a Christmas as we can provide through our individual efforts. With this aim, the collection in the Red Cross Penny Bags this month will not be divided as usual, and given for capital supplies and comforts for the soldiers, but will be given in its entirety for Christmas packages for our own soldiers. The more money we get the finer the package sent.

We want, if possible, to collect $500.00 or more in the bags, for this purpose, and this can easily be if every citizen who is giving through the Red Cross Penny Bags will double or treble his or her usual giving this month. Will you make this a special Christmas gift for our boys?

Separate parcels containing socks, other comforts and confections are to be addressed and sent to every officer and man who went from Belleville or this vicinity, and the committee in charge will be very much obliged if every person having the addresses of such men, will give these addresses to the collectors when they call for the bags or send them to Mrs. S. S. Lazier, corner of Victoria Ave. and John Street, Miss Hurley, 46 Queen Street, Mrs. St. Charles, Moira Street, or leave them at the Merchant’s Bank, corner of Bridge and Front Streets. Let no one be forgotten.”