100 Years Ago: Poster for Royal Flying Corps, Belleville Soldier Injured in Explosion

The Intelligencer March 6, 1918 (page 5)

“Young Men Rule the Air. Without our valorous young aviators our gunners and our troops would work in the dark. High above the lines these daring aerial warriors are in constant communication with the commanders on the ground, guarding our troops and exposing the secrets of the Hun. Greater scope for individual bravery and initiative could hardly be imagined.

There are opportunities for young men to achieve greatness very rapidly in the Air Service. A clear brain, a sound physique, a keenness for achievement, a fair education—are the essential qualifications.

Men who come within the provisions of the M.S.A. are eligible only after having joined their Depot Battalion, when they may, with the consent of their Commanding Officer, be discharged for re-enlistment in the R.F.C. Write for Booklet ‘Air Heroes in the Making.’

Imperial Royal Flying Corps. Recruiting Office, 93 King St. E., Toronto. A. R. Walker, Public Library, Belleville.”

The Intelligencer March 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Explosion in a Dugout. Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Rogers, Foster Avenue, have received word that their son, Gunner Arthur Rogers, was severely wounded by an explosion which took place in a dugout when an armful of wood was thrown on an open fire. Gunner Rogers was burned about the head and face and was also rendered unconscious by gas fumes. Fortunately his eyes were not injured. At present he is in a hospital. The young gunner went overseas with the Cobourg Heavy Battery.”