100 Years Ago: First Contingent May Get Furlough, Harry Alford to Be Invalided Home, Poster for Military Service, British Red Cross Meeting in City Hall Tonight

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 1)

“First Contingent May Come Back on Furlough. Ottawa. All Canadians who went overseas with the original First Division and who are still in France are to be brought back to Canada on furlough in a proposal now under consideration by the Government is found practicable by the military authorities.

The idea of the Government is that if adequate reinforcements can be provided and the change that might be necessitated in the ranks and among the officers of the battalions would not interfere with the military requirements and efficiency of the 1st Division as now constituted, the three thousand or more men who have survived the hardships and fighting from the first terrible conflict at Langemarck down through the sanguinary battles of Givenchy, Festubert and Sanctuary Wood to the Somme, Vimy Ridge and Lens, should be brought back to Canada in a body and given a well deserved rest.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 2)

“Invalided Home. Mr. Walter Alford has received a telegram from his son, Capt. Harry Alford, that he has arrived in Montreal from England. Capt. Alford is being invalided home on account of the frequent relapses of Malaria fever, which he contracted while on active service one year in the Dardanelles region. During the last year in England the dampness of the climate was the cause apparently of many recurrences of the disease.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 3)

Poster for military service“The National Interest. In their enthusiasm to serve Canada, a number of men in Class One—bachelors and widowers without children (not otherwise excepted) who were 20 years old on the 13th October, 1917, and whose 34th birthday did not occur before January 1st, 1917—will desire to report for service, when in fact it is in the national interest that such men should continue in their habitual occupations.

The purpose of the Military Service Act is to select the authorized 100,000 reinforcements in such a way that the industries essential in the national interest will not be handicapped unnecessarily.

Issued by The Military Service Council.”

The Intelligencer October 30, 1917 (page 6)

“Everyone Should Attend British Red Cross Mass Meeting in City Hall Tonight. A largely attended meeting is looked for to-night at the City Hall, when all those interested in the work of the British Red Cross are expected to be on hand to cheer along the workers who are organized for the big drive for $12,000 to be collected on Thursday.

Many prominent speakers have signified their intentions of being there and giving short addresses upon the necessity of subscribing to this glorious Fund. The aims and objects of the Fund will be explained to any who are not acquainted with the absolute necessity of the British Red Cross. Without this organization thousands of our own boys would be left to the most horrible of deaths, and sufferings which are worse than a thousand deaths.

Without the assistance of these voluntary contributions the British Red Cross would cease to exist. So, surely, no sane citizen of this community can help but realize the duty that faces him on Thursday, Nov. 1st, and it is to be hoped there will be none who will shirk this duty.

The British Red Cross is the only institution to which our own Belleville boys can look to for aid in their sufferings. The British Red Cross has taken care of hundreds of our brave Belleville boys since the outbreak of the war, and it is up to us as citizens of Belleville to assist with the up-keep of this noble organization. The British Red Cross work now costs $16,000,000 per year. Your contribution must be part of this huge sum. How much will it be?

Let all good citizens of Belleville come to the City Hall tonight, and show by their presence that they are with the British Red Cross heart and hand, and pocket-book, which is more substantial.”