100 Years Ago: Fred Lawrence Wounded, Ontario W.C.T.U. and Y.M.C.A. to Hold Silver Thimble and Trinket Day

The Intelligencer November 20, 1917 (page 2)

“Wounded in Action. Mr. D. Lawrence, Canifton, received a message from the Director of Records, stating that Fred B. Lawrence had been seriously wounded on November 9th, gunshot wound in thigh and hand, and had been admitted to Hospital. Fred was with the 38th Battery, 10th Artillery Brigade, 3rd Canadian Division, in France, when wounded.”

The Intelligencer November 20, 1917 (page 3)

“Thirst Quenchers For The Soldiers. The Ontario W.C.T.U. is endeavoring to raise a fund of $25,000 for free tea, cocoa, coffee and lemonade. The National Y.M.C.A., whom the Ontario W.C.T.U. is aiding, will need $50,000 to cover their free drinkables. …

In addition to the free drinkables, the Ontario W.C.T.U. has become responsible for the cost of printing a weekly leaflet of cheer and spiritual help, which is being sent through the mails to all the soldiers in the forward trenches, who express a desire to receive it. …

To aid in raising the necessary funds the W.C.T.U. and ‘Y’ of this city will shortly hold a ‘Silver Thimble and Trinket Day’; when they will ask every citizen for broken, useless unwanted bits of gold and silver trinkets; discarded jewelry or table silver, solid or triple-plated. …  Fuller particulars will be given later.

[Note: W.C.T.U. = Woman’s Christian Temperance Union.]