100 Years Ago: Martin Deibert Killed in Action, R. Gibson Welcomed Home, IODE Concert for Navy and Mercantile Marine

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Makes Supreme Sacrifice. Mr. A. Deibert residing at 29 Everett Street, in this city, this morning received a message from the Record Office conveying the sad intelligence that his son, Martin Deibert, had been killed in action.

The young man enlisted and went overseas in June of this year with the Cobourg Heavy Battery. Previous to enlistment he was employed at Mr. Allan McFee’s jewellery store, learning watch making. Martin was a deservedly popular young man, and his death will be sincerely regretted by a host of friends. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to the bereaved family.”

[Note: Gunner Martin Mark Deibert died on November 21, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 226 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 1)

“Welcomed Home. On Thursday evening, December 6th, about thirty-five neighbors and friends gathered at the home of Mr. R. Gibson, Harriett Street, to welcome home Mr. Gibson, who has served nearly two years for king and country.

The evening was very enjoyably spent in music and conversation. A dainty lunch was served, after which Mr. Gibson, in a few well chosen words, thanked all present for the hearty welcome he had received. After singing ‘For He’s a Jolly Good Fellow,’ and ‘God Save The King’, a pleasant evening was brought to a close.”

The Intelligencer December 8, 1917 (page 7)

“Successful Concert By I.O.D.E. Society. Under the auspices of the Daughters of the Empire of Belleville, a grand concert was held in the City Hall last night, which was a great success in every particular. The spacious hall was filled to overflowing, and the varied programme presented was thoroughly enjoyed.

The object was to assist the fund for the sailors of the British and Canadian navy and mercantile marine. All who took part in the programme acquitted themselves in a most pleasing manner.”