100 Years Ago: Ad for Wallbridge and Clarke, Lieut. Ketcheson Returns Home

The Intelligencer January 8, 1918 (page 2)

“Letters from the Front. Wallbridge & Clarke have already received a number of letters from the Front acknowledging the receipt of parcels intended for Christmas. Much satisfaction is expressed regarding the selection of the goods and the perfect condition in which they arrived.

Wallbridge & Clarke make a specialty of Overseas Parcels. Proper Packing. Desirable Goods. Reasonable Prices. No Extra Charges for Service or Material.”

The Intelligencer January 8, 1918 (page 7)

“Returned from War Zone. The many friends of Lieut. W. H. F. Ketcheson, son of Mayor Ketcheson, were pleased to welcome him home from the war zone, the young officer reaching Belleville yesterday, being on an extended leave while recovering from serious shrapnel wounds received on November 6, in the strenuous fighting at Passchandaele.

Lieut. Ketcheson was struck by a shrapnel shell and had several ribs broken besides sustaining other injuries. He had been twelve months in France without a day’s leave when he received his ‘Blighty’ and although his wounds still give him trouble appreciates the rest after the strenuous life at the front.

Lieut. Ketcheson left Canada with the 39th Battalion nearly three years ago, but was transferred overseas to a machine-gun platoon, of which he was second in command. He went through some of the hardest battles of the war at St. Eloi, on the Somme, at Vimy Ridge, Lens and Passchandaele, and was twenty-six months on the firing line. He says that the fighting now is the most severe of the entire war.”