100 Years Ago: Thomas Yateman Dies at Belleville Hospital, Belleville Thanked for $10,000 to British Red Cross, Presentation at Knitting Circle

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 2)

“Answered the Last Call. Private Thomas Yateman, of this city, who for months has been a cripple, owing to wounds received on the battle field at Ypres, this morning passed away at the Belleville hospital. Deceased who was a son of Mr. Thomas Yateman enlisted and went overseas with the first Canadian contingent. At the battle of Ypres he was terribly wounded, in the side and back, and his spine was injured to such an extent that he was paralyzed from the shoulders to his feet.

After remaining some time in a hospital in England he was brought home and has since been an inmate of the Belleville hospital. Since his arrival home an operation was performed and by the removal of some pieces of shrapnel he was able to use his arms, but he was never able to use the lower portion of his body.

He bore his suffering without a murmur like the brave soldier he was. His father is at present overseas with the Forestry Battalion, also another brother. Another brother was recently discharged. The family have certainly done their duty for King and country, and at the present time the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to them in their hour of affliction.”

[Note: Gunner Thomas Andrew Yatman died on December 19, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 354 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 3)

“Belleville’s contribution of $10,000 to the British Red Cross Fund has been acknowledged as follows: Parliament Buildings, Toronto, December 13, 1917. David Price Esq., Treasurer, Belleville, Ont. Dear Sir,—We are in receipt of your favor of the 15th instant with the enclosed contribution of $10,000.00 for the British Red Cross, which has already been acknowledged by the Provincial Treasurer.

I would ask you to kindly convey to the members of the City Council, the teachers and pupils of the schools, the members of the Women’s Organizations and to all those who so generously contributed to this amount, the thanks of His Honour, the Lieutenant-Governor, the Organization of Resources Committee, which is in charge of this campaign for Ontario, and the British Red Cross, for the response which has been made to this appeal.

You have helped to make Ontario’s contribution this year more splendid than ever before, and you may have the consciousness that the gratitude of our brave men overseas is going out continually to all those who are helping to make the work of the British Red Cross possible. Yours faithfully, Albert H. Abbott, Secretary.”

The Intelligencer December 19, 1917 (page 7)

“The Nile Green Knitting Circle held their regular weekly meeting at the home of Mrs. Barlow, Forin Street, about seventeen members being present. At the close of the usual routine business Mrs. Joly called the members to order and the secretary read a short address to the convenor, Mrs. J. Waddell, South Ann Street, and Mrs. Joly handed her a dainty server. Mrs. Barlow, secretary, was also presented with a beautiful basket of flowers. Both ladies were almost speechless with surprise, but managed to say a few words of thanks.

Following is the address to Mrs. J. Waddell: As the season of peace and good-will draws near we feel that we would like to let you know how much we appreciate your kind and willing service as convenor of our Circle. We feel sure, with you, as with us, it has indeed been a labor of love to work for our dear boys who are overseas fighting for home and freedom.

We ask you to accept this little gift, and when peace has been proclaimed and we are done knitting socks for the soldiers now so far from home, we hope it will remind you of the very pleasant Tuesday afternoons which we have enjoyed in the various homes of the members of the Nile Green Knitting Circle.”