100 Years Ago: British Red Cross Fund Progress, William Michaud Suffers from Gas Shell, Poster for Military Service Act, Letter of Sympathy for Harold Prest’s Wife

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 2)

“The British Red Cross campaign workers report excellent progress towards the $12,000 objective set them. Up until noon today more than $6,000 had been subscribed, and not half the workers heard from.

A great many people have been found not at home. These people have been reported to the main committee and their names entered for future reference, as every home in Belleville must be heard from as to whether they will subscribe to this vitally necessary work or not. It will lighten the work of the committee if any who have been out, or overlooked during the day will call at the headquarters in the City Hall tonight and leave their subscriptions with Mr. Frederick, who will be on hand until 10 o’clock. Otherwise, they will be called upon in the course of the next few days by the workers.

The names of all contributors will be published in the press in the course of the next couple of weeks, and from the way in which the citizens are paying up, those who have not paid will be conspicuous by their absence from the lists.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Wm. Michaud, of Belleville, who went overseas with the 21st Battalion and has been twice wounded within the past three months, is a patient in an English military hospital suffering from the effects of a German gas shell.

His wife received the following official notification: Mrs. Emily Michaud, 12 Harriet St., Belleville, Ont. Sincerely regret to inform you that your husband, Private Wm. Michaud, engineers, officially reported admitted Norwich War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich, Oct. 23rd, 1917, gas shell. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 6)

Poster for Military Service Act“Obey the Law! Report at once for Service or Claim Exemption. Under the Military Service Act, all men in Class One are soldiers today, absent with leave and without pay. Failure to obey the law amounts to DESERTION and can be punished as such.

Class One includes 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.

Do It Today! Go To Your Post Office Today and ask for a form for reporting for service or for claiming exemption. Understand, it is a matter of LAW that all the men in Class One must report for service or claim exemption not later than November 10th, 1917. Issued by the Military Service Council.”

The Intelligencer November 1, 1917 (page 7)

“Died Like a Soldier. Mrs. R. M. Prest, 78 Great St. James street, city, has received a letter from Major R. Vanderwater, commanding 2nd Canadian infantry Battalion of Eastern Ontario, expressing sympathy for the death of her husband, Pte. Harold Prest, killed in action.

Major Vanderwater states that Pte. Prest died like a soldier fighting for his King and Country in a noble cause, that during his connection with the 2nd Canadian Battalion he made many friends and by his steadfastness and courage won high commendation from his officers and respect from his comrades, and will be greatly missed by them.”