100 Years Ago: Thomas Victor Dack Invalided Home, Thanksgiving Dance, William Lowery Is Wounded, A Turkeyless Thanksgiving, Letters of Sympathy for Mrs. Archibald Lambert, In Memoriam, In Memoriam

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Private Dack of this city, has been invalided home, and arrived here from the east at 5 o’clock last evening. He was met at the station by acting-Mayor Ald. Woodley, and escorted to his home on Yeomans Street.

Pte. Dack enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city. While on active service he was badly wounded on the right leg, and as a result was for some time in a hospital in England.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Thanksgiving Dance. A most successful dance was held last evening in the Johnstone Academy on Campbell street, under the efficient management of Professor and Mrs. Johnstone. A very large number were present and all enjoyed the popular dance music rendered by the large orchestra. A number of guests were present from out of town, and Prof. and Mrs. Johnstone were untiring in their efforts to make the affair the success that it was. Dancing was continued until after midnight.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. W. W. Lowery Wounded. Mr. John B. Lowery, of Frankford, has been notified that his son, Lieut. Wm. Lowery who went overseas with an Edmonton infantry battalion was wounded on Sept. 29th. Lieut. Lowery was educated at the Stirling High School and taught school in North Hastings before going to the West.

He was in the same battalion in France as his brother Major Jas. Lowery, M.L.A., who is at present on sick leave in Canada having been wounded at Vimy Ridge last April. No report as to the nature of his wounds has yet been received.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 2)

“Thanksgiving turkey dinners were scarce this year as the price asked on Belleville market was thirty cents a pound. Toronto people were worse off, however, for the price at St. Lawrence market started at 32 cents and ended somewhere among the clouds in a millionaire’s dream. Ducks were plentiful on Toronto market at $1.25. Chickens joined the pluto class at 35 cents per pound, with eggs food for kings, scrambled for at 50 cents, 55 cents and 60 cents per dozen according to the pedigree of the hen, apparently and the age of the egg.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 6)

“Belleville Soldier Instantly Killed by a Shell—Highly Spoken of by His Officers. Mrs. A. Lambert has received the following letters of sympathy in the death of her husband, who was killed in action. From the King. The King commands me to assure you of the true sympathy of His Majesty and The Queen in your sorrow. Derby, Secretary of State for War.

From Lieut. Jackson. In The Field, Sept. 11th, 1917. Dear Mrs. Lambert:—I find it very hard to find words to convey to you my sympathy and the sympathy of Mr. Lambert’s comrades in your sad loss.

Mr. Lambert was killed in the early hours of this morning by a shell, while on duty, and I know you will be glad to know that he did not suffer, death being instantaneous. We have experienced a double loss as his officer, Mr. Edwards, was killed by the same shell.

Mr. Lambert was an excellent soldier, and well spoken of by his officers, while he was greatly respected by all the men. I have had the body brought out by his chums, and will attend personally to the details of his burial; the location of the grave will be sent you from Ottawa. Assuring you of my heartfelt sympathy, I am Yours sincerely, Jas. Jackson, Lieut., O. C. No. 4 Co.”

From Lieut. P. B. D’Esterre. Somewhere in France, Sept. 11th, 1917. Dear Mrs. Lambert:—It is with regret I write this letter to you to express my deep sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband.

He was instantly killed at 11.50 on the night of September 10th, 1917, by an enemy shell, when he was facing his country’s enemies, taking his share in the glory of that which will be the pride of Canada for ages. Lieut. Gilbert Edwards of Port Hope, was also killed with the same shell.

Your beloved husband was as brave and as gallant a soldier as ever put on a uniform for Canada. He was in my platoon and left with my party at 8.30 P.M. on that fatal night. I will write you later if any other particulars can be found. With deepest of sympathy for you I remain P. B. D’Esterre, Lieut. O. C. 16 Platoon, 2nd Canadian Brigade.”

From Lieut.-Col. McLaughlin. Field, Sept. 12th, 1917. To Mrs. A. Lambert, 337 ½ Front Street, Belleville, Ont., Canada. Dear Madam—You will doubtless already have received official notification of your husband’s death in action. May I extend my sincerest sympathy to you in your great bereavement, which has caused you so much sorrow and grief. Rest assured the sacrifice is not in vain, nor will it be forgotten.

Your husband had won very high commendation from his officers—and, although he had been with us a comparatively short time, he had proven himself a thorough soldier and a good and true friend. As such he will be greatly missed by us here. Yours in sympathy H. H. McLaughlin, Lt.-Col., Commanding 2nd Can. Inf. Bn., East Ontario Regiment.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. In loving memory of my only son, Sidney Hollgerson, aged 20 years, a member of the 58th Battalion, killed in action at the Somme, October 8th, 1916.

With every smile he said good-bye, / Went forth the bravest of the brave, / Alas! alas! went forth to die! / And now he fills a hero’s grave.”

The Intelligencer October 9, 1917 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. Pte. Andrew Stark, 59th Batt., C. E. F., killed in action, 8th October, 1916.

My husband is gone but not forgotten, / Never shall his memory fade, / Sweetest thoughts shall ever linger, / Round the spot where thou are laid.—His sorrowing wife and Children.”