100 Years Ago: Bellevillians Honoured, Prayers for Allied Armies, Soldiers Arrive in City, Letter of Sympathy to Robert Bone’s Father, Contribution to Sailors’ Fund, Intercession at Christ Church

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 2)

“New Years’ honors were bestowed on four Bellevillians, who have done and are doing their duty at the front. The recipients were Lt.-Col. W. R. Riordon (artillery), serving as Major, who wins the D. S. O. Major Frank Lynn who previously secured the M. C. is now the winner of the Distinguished Service Order. Major Sills wins the D. S. O., as did also Capt. Mond, who left here with the 39th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 2)

“Prayers for Allied Armies. Battles may be won by men and ammunition, but wars are won by spiritual forces. This was the conviction behind the King’s call to prayer which was responded to by the citizens of Belleville yesterday in unison with the whole of the British Empire. In all Christian churches the voice of prayer, fervent and insistent, prevailed throughout the services.

Old texts and ancient liturgies were clothed with new meaning and power as they were applied with urgent directness to the woes of war and the needs of the present crisis in the great struggle for righteousness and freedom.”

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 2)

“Soldiers Arrive in City. During Friday night and Saturday a number of recruits came to Belleville and have settled down in their quarters at the canning factory premises on Pinnacle Street. The place again presents a garrison appearance. About 200 have arrived here from various parts of Eastern Ontario, and many more are expected.

Capt. Leck is in command at present; but in a few days other officers will be in charge. The men are a fine lot of boys, and soldierly in appearance. There was no order for church parade yesterday, the men being allowed to attend the church of their choice. The boys are apparently well pleased with their location. In the near future it is expected that the Armouries will be utilized for drilling purposes.”

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 3)

“Mr. Richard Bone has received the following letter from the Minister of Militia: Minister’s Office, Ottawa, January 2, 1918.

Mr. Richard Bone, Herchimer Ave., Belleville, Ont. Dear Mr. Bone:—I desire to express to you my very sincere sympathy in the recent decease of your son, No. 636640 Pte. Robert Henry Bone, C.E.F. who in sacrificing his life at the front in action with the enemy, has rendered the highest services of a worthy citizen.

The heavy loss which you and the nation have sustained would indeed be depressing were it not redeemed by the knowledge that the brave comrade for whom we mourn performed his duties fearlessly and well as became a good soldier, and gave his life for the great cause of human liberty and the defence of the Empire.

Again extending to you in your bereavement my condolence and heartfelt sympathy, I am, Yours faithfully, (Signed) S. C. Mewburn, Minister of Militia and Defence for Canada.”

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Contribution to Sailors Fund. Appreciation of the gift of a check for $130 recently sent by the local chapters of the Daughters of the Empire to the Navy League of Canada is expressed in the following letter:

The Navy League of Canada, Dec. 24, 1917. Mrs. Annie A. Dolan, Treasurer, Quinte, Argyle and St. Julien Chapters, I.O.D.E., 17 Victoria Ave., Belleville, Ont.

Dear Madam:—Will you please convey to the Quinte, Argyle and St. Julien Chapters, I.O.D.E., the very best thanks of the Executive of this league for their cheque of $130.00, which is applied to the fund for the relief of British and Canadian sailors and their dependents, for Sailors’ Homes, Institutes and Hospitals in Canada and throughout the Empire.

Some time in March we hope to show in Belleville a very fine film, of the navy, which is owned by the Navy League and I am sure you will all be very much interested. Again thanking you, we remain, Yours faithfully, (Sgd.) Cecil G. Williams, Secretary-Treasurer.”

The Intelligencer January 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Intercessions at Christ Church. There were large congregations in Christ church yesterday to take part in the intercession services which were by the King’s request universal throughout the Empire. It was a great day for God among British peoples, and will mean much for His great kingdom and for our righteous cause.

There was a choral communion at 11 o’clock, at which service as well as at evensong special prayers, some prepared by the Archbishop of Rupert’s Land, and some taken from the time of Elizabeth, were used.

In the evening the late Robert Henry Bone, killed in action on November 6th was remembered. ‘He has paid the great price, and to the father, mother and sister at home, as well as to the surviving brother in France our most sincere sympathy goes out,’ said the Rector. The complete list of the honor roll was re-read and the present condition of each one given of a list of 146 men seventeen have gone over to the great majority, 29 have been wounded, some of whom are again on the firing line, the rest are discharged or still in France. The dead march was played by the organist, Mrs. Campbell, after the service, for Pte. Bone.”