100 Years Ago: Requests for Exemption, Harry McCrudden on Sick Furlough, Sapper Bunnett Wins Military Medal, Poster for Canada’s Victory Bonds, Young Knitter Helen Ruttan

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Many Ask for Exemption. Up to the hour of noon to-day 430 eligibles, who have passed the Military Medical Board, had made application at the Belleville Post Office for exemption papers. Only four have taken out active service papers.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Lieut. Harry E. McCrudden has returned to Canada on sick furlough, and is expected to arrive in Belleville this afternoon on his way to visit his father, Mr. R. H. McCrudden, formerly of Belleville, now of Murray Canal.

Lieut. McCrudden has many friends in the city who will give him a warm welcome. He was formerly in the employ of the C.P.R. here, and was in his third year in arts at McGill College when he enlisted for overseas service, and left for the front in June, 1915, with a volunteer draft. He has had many exciting experiences in the firing line, was gassed, and repeatedly shaken out of dugouts by shell explosions.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 2)

“Sapper Bunnett Won the M. M. In a letter to his sister of Oct. 11th, a Belleville boy tells how Carlos O. Bunnett, son of Mr. Ed. Bunnett of this city, won the Military Medal in France. Sapper C. O. Bunnett enlisted in the fall of 1914 with the 4th Field Company of Engineers at Regina and went overseas in the spring of 1915. Sapper Bunnett has been too modest to tell his family of the honor he won, and this extract from a letter is the first and only intimation they have had of it.

‘Carlos Bunnett was over to see me the other day and he looks finer than I’ve ever seen him. Bunnett won the Military Medal and when I saw the ribbon I asked him what stunt he’d been pulling off now. He only laughed and said they issued them with the rations. But I learned the truth from another fellow in his outfit.

He told me their section were caught in a pretty tight hole and suffered heavy casualties. Carlos and another chap were ‘put to sleep’ by a couple of big ‘crumps’ bursting near them, and when they came to they worked for several hours carrying out the men of their section who had been badly wounded. Guess it was pretty warm at the time, for there are very few of their old men left. It isn’t likely Carlos will ever mention it in his letters, and if he does, he will pass it off as ‘nothin’ much,’—but from all accounts he more than earned it.’ ”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 4)

“Are you doing your full share in winning the war?

Between you and your conscience the answer to that question must be made. No one but you can answer it. Every day you see the men who have done their share—you see the empty sleeve, the tucked up trouser leg—and the cheery smile.

In quiet sanitarium and hospital are those whom the furies of bursting shells and hellish drum fire, and the wearing hardships in miry trenches have shattered in nerve and broken in body. These men have sacrificed.

Buy Canada’s Victory Bonds and help fight the war to win lasting peace.”

The Intelligencer November 5, 1917 (page 7)

“Youthful Knitter. Helen Ruttan has received a letter from a soldier, Driver G. H. Rumney, in France telling her he has been one of the lucky ones to receive a pair of socks knitted by her and how they do appreciate such a gift.

Helen is only nine years old and has already knitted four pairs of socks for the soldiers and is still very busy knitting for them. She is the youngest daughter of Mr. Geo. Ruttan and a pupil of Queen Victoria school.”