100 Years Ago: Hastings County Passes Victory Loan Objective, Red Cross Locates Ted Yeomans, Arthur Templeton Killed in Action, William Robinson Killed in Action, William Chamberlain Wounded, Benjamin Bunton Suffers Gas Poisoning, Poster for Victory Bonds, John Miller Killed in Action

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 1)

“One Million Dollars for Victory Loan. Hastings County Workers Expect to Roll Up a Million Dollars For the Victory Loan. The greatest enthusiasm prevails throughout the entire county today because of Hastings having passed the objective set for it by the Victory Loan organization. …

When the million mark is passed the committee hopes to pull off a celebration the like of which has never been heard in this good old city since the Old Boys’ Reunion. Everyone with an automobile should get ready to decorate it, and there’ll be noise galore. A parade will be held on the night this objective is passed, with plenty of red fire and noise. Merchants are also expected to decorate for the occasion and every householder should put a flag out of the window. …

Marlbank Hustler. McCutcheon of Marlbank is some hustler. Yesterday he came across with another $5,000. He never misses a day. …

Point Ann Returns. Point Ann is coming across liberally. Geo. Reid and Henry Denyes have Thurlow under cover and pulled $13,700 yesterday. They are some hustlers.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 1)

“Red Cross Locates ‘Ted’ Yeomans. Dr. Yeomans has received a cable message from the Geneva Red Cross stating that his son, Lieut. ‘Ted’ Yeomans of the Royal Flying Corps, recently reported missing, is a prisoner at Karlsbad Germany. This confirms the message received this week by Dr. Yeomans to the same effect.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Arthur Templeton“Made Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. Robt. Templeton of this city, this afternoon received a telegram which conveyed the sad intelligence that his son, Arthur, was killed on October 31st in action. The young man enlisted in the west.”

[Note: Private Arthur Templeton died on October 30, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 337 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Will Robinson“Former Belleville Boy Killed. Word has been received in the city that Pte. William Robinson, son of Mr. Byron Robinson, a former well known resident of Belleville, had died as the result of wounds acquired. He was wounded on November 5th, and died three days later. The young hero had many friends in this city who will regret to learn of his death.”

[Note: Private William Morris Robinson died on November 8, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 318 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

“Pte. Chamberlain Wounded. Pte. William Henry Chamberlain, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion, has been wounded. The soldier is a nephew of Mrs. Dalton, and previous to enlistment was employed at the Springer Lock Works. The message received here was as follows:

John Dalton, 14 Wickett Street, Belleville. Sincerely regret to inform you Pte. William Henry Chamberlain, infantry, officially reported admitted to Sixth Ambulance Depot, Nov. 6, 1917. Gunshot wound, head. Director of Records.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 2)

Benjamin Bunton“Victim of Gas. Mr. B. C. Bunton residing at 41 Pine Street, Belleville, this morning received the following message:

Sincerely regret to inform you No. 113117 Pte. Benjamin Charles Bunton, officially reported admitted to 22 General Hospital, Gamiere, Nov. 8th. Gas poisoning. ‘Director of Records.’

Private Bunton referred to was previous to enlistment a trustworthy employee of The Intelligencer Office. ‘Ben’, as he was familiarly called, enlisted and went overseas with the 8th C. M. R. of Kingston. He was a fine young man and had a host of friends in the city, who will hope for his speedy recovery.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 6)

Poster for Victory Bonds“Smash Through to Victory. Buy Victory Bonds. Over at the battlefront, rolling onward remorselessly, its guns belching forth disaster and death to the enemy, the Tank smashes through all obstacles that bar the way.

And here in Canada the Victory Loan brings to every one of us the privilege of helping to crush the Hun with our money. We cannot all serve in the trenches; we cannot all fire a gun or help to man a Tank; but we can all buy Victory Bonds.

What of your money? Is it helping to smash through to Victory? The amount of the Victory Bonds you buy is the measure of your fighting power.”

The Intelligencer November 21, 1917 (page 7)

“Belleville Soldier Killed in Action. Mrs. E. Miller, residing in this city, yesterday received the following telegram which cast a shadow over another home, owing to a loved one having made the supreme sacrifice.

Mrs. E. Miller, 36 Sinclair Street. Deeply regret to inform you 596661 Pte. John Miller, infantry, officially reported killed in action between Nov. 3rd and 4th, 1917. Director of Records.

Pte Miller enlisted and went overseas with the 21st Battalion. In September, 1916, he was wounded to such an extent that he was unable to return to the firing line until September of this year. Details of his death are not known. He was 23 years of age, and was born in Scotland. At the time he enlisted he was sailing, but previously had been for some time employed in the lock works in this city. He was a young man of exemplary character, and had many friends in the city, who will regret to learn of his death.

The family have the deepest sympathy in their loss. Those surviving are his mother, three sisters, Mrs. K. Bunnett, Misses Mary and Lila, and one brother, James, of this city.”

[Note: Private John Miller died on November 3, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 294 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]