100 Years Ago: Nursing Sister Mary Hambly Decorated by Queen Alexandra, Three Belleville Boys Return to Active Service, Marmora Soldier Home, 1,500 Soldiers to Return on Leave

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 1)

“Decorated by Queen Alexandra. Investiture of Nursing Sister Hambly with Royal Red Cross. Col. Phillip H. Hambly, 46 Alexander street, city, has received some interesting papers in connection with the investiture of his daughter, Nursing Sister Miss M. Hambly, A.R.R.C., with the decoration of the Royal Red Cross, which took place at Buckingham Palace, London, Her Majesty performing the pleasing and important ceremony.

Nursing Sister Hambly has served faithfully and well overseas and many a wounded soldier has cause to remember with gratitude her gentle and efficient administration. Honored by being singled out for royal recognition for her services in the great cause of Empire. Nursing Sister Hambly’s many friends rejoice in her distinction.

After the ceremony of investiture at Buckingham Palace Nursing Sister Hambly with other nurses included in the royal honors were the guests of Queen Alexandra at Marlborough House.

The official papers referred to read as follows: Telegram. O.H.M.S. Buckingham Palace. Sister Mary Hambly No. 10 Canadian Gen. Hosp’l Brighton. Your attendance is required at Buckingham Palace on Wednesday next, the thirtieth inst. at eleven thirty a.m. indoor uniform. Please telegraph acknowledgment. Lord Chamberlain, London.

War Office, London, S.W.1. 28th January, 1918. Madam,—I am directed to inform you that Her Majesty Queen Alexandra has expressed a wish that all ladies who attend an Investiture at Buckingham Palace to receive the decoration of the Royal Red Cross should afterwards proceed to Marlborough House to see Her Majesty.

I am accordingly to request that you will attend at Marlborough House on Wed. 30th inst., at 1.30 on your return from Buckingham Palace. I am, Madam, Your obedient servant, L. D. Holland. Nursing Sister Miss M. Hambly, A.R.R.C. No. 10 Canadian Gen. Hospital, Brighton.”

The Intelligencer March 5. 1918 (page 7)

“Returning to Active Service. Mrs. J. I. Newton, 46 Hillcrest avenue, has received a letter from her soldier son, H. G. Newton, dated from an eastern port on February 28, stating that he was on his way back to England and active service. Travelling with him were several other Belleville boys including Pete Belnap and Daw Whelan.”

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 7)

“Marmora Soldier Home. Pte. J. W. Burns, of Marmora, wounded in the spine, arrived at Toronto yesterday with a party of wounded soldiers invalided home from the front.”

The Intelligencer March 5, 1918 (page 8)

“1,500 Soldiers to Return On Leave. Ottawa. Fifteen hundred soldiers will return to Canada under the regulation permitting the granting of furloughs of three months to members of the first Canadian contingent. Already a number of the men have arrived in the Dominion.

The furloughs are granted to the veterans on the understanding that applications for extensions of time or for discharge will not be entertained. Already, however, a considerable number of men who have reached home have asked to be allowed to remain for domestic reasons. It is understood that the conditions upon which leave of absence is granted will have to be observed, inasmuch as the privilege of returning to Canada has been secured by specific arrangement between the Canadian and British army authorities.”