100 Years Ago: Ernest Edward Brown Dies of Wounds, Category B Men Called for Noncombatant Service, New Meat and Wheat Eating Restrictions, Leonard Cannon Invalided Home, Charles H. Wills Wounded, Poster for Food Production

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Belleville Soldier Died of Wounds. Another Bellevillian has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, the hero being Private Ernest E. Brown, who enlisted with the 155th Battalion here, and was connected with the signalling corps. He had only been in active service in France since New Years. Pte. Brown was well known in the city and his death will be sincerely regretted by all who knew him and sympathy will be extended to bereaved relatives. The message bearing the sad intelligence, was as follows:

Allen Brown, 37 Herkimer Street. Deeply regret to inform you 636290 Pte. Ernest Edward Brown, infantry, officially reported died of wounds, First Casualty Clearing Hospital, March 22nd, gunshot wounds in head, arms, legs multiple. Director of Records.”

[Note: Private Ernest Edward Brown died on March 22, 1918. He is listed on Page 375 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 1)

“Category ‘B’ Men To Be Called. Ottawa. Men in category B will be called out at once. …  Category B men are liable for overseas, but not for combatant service. They are being called out because of the necessity of securing more men for railway construction and similar service. …

The  military service council is, therefore, issuing instructions to registrars to take immediate steps to call up such men. Under the procedure heretofore adopted questions arising in regard to the exemption of men in medical category B on other grounds were postponed until men in the same medical category should be called up; and these men, as well as their employers and relatives, will, therefore, be given an opportunity of presenting claims for their exemption.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 2)

“New Restrictions In Meat And Wheat Eating Are Ordered. Ottawa. A radical change in restaurant regulations has been ordered by the Canada Food Board. …  The board also gives notice that on and after June 1, 1918, no person shall operate a public eating place without having first obtained a license from the Canada Food Board. The regulations do not apply to military, lumber, logging, mining, instruction and fish-curing camps and hospitals. …

Sandwiches made from wheat bread and pork, beef or veal may only be served at railway lunch counters, but only at any time and at all times to bona fide travellers. Public eating houses shall not serve sandwiches filled with beef, veal or pork during hours and on days that these meats are prohibited.

Bread shall not be placed on tables in public eating houses until the first course is served. No more than two ounces of standard flour bread or rolls, or any product made from standard flour shall be served to one person, unless on special request for second serving. …  Bread as a garnish, except under poached eggs, is prohibited. Wheat flour dumplings in hot pies, meat stews or soup, are prohibited. …

Not more than half an ounce of butter or oleomargarine may be served except upon special request, and then not more than half an ounce may be given.

Sugar receptacles shall not be left on dining-tables or counters, except in railway trains or steamships. Not more than two teaspoons of equal weight of cane sugar shall be served for the purpose of sweetening beverages.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Invalided Home. Pte. Leonard Cannon, of Tweed, who enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from here has been invalided home. He is suffering from severe shrapnel wound on the knee.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Wounded in Leg. Mr. C. J. Wills, residing at 122 Yeomans street, in this city, yesterday received a message from the Director of Records at Ottawa conveying the intelligence that his son, Charles H., had been severely wounded in the leg. The young officer left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, being at the time Sergt. Major Instructor. His many friends in the city will hope for his speedy and permanent improvement. He had been in France some time.”

The Intelligencer March 30, 1918 (page 14)

“Are you Selling your Soul for the Lure of the City? An Announcement Addressed Particularly to Single Men—and Their Employers.

Get away for a moment from the clamour of the street; go into your room, at once, or to-night if you are not now at home, and ask yourself this question: ‘Have I actually done anything that could count as National Service for my country during the forty bloody months of her suffering?

Outside of our armed forces only one kind of civilian labour ranks as National Service for men. That is Service on a farm. Organized Labour Endorses This Crusade—Remember That!

Men and women will look hard at the clerks in stores, offices, warehouses and factories. We are down to elementals to-day, and our people will  not tolerate the thought that while so many of our sons are perishing in the bloody struggle in France, so many men are doing work that can easily and efficiently be done by women without sacrifice to their womanhood or health.”