100 Years Ago: Daylight Saving Starts April 15, Funeral for Harold Reid

The Intelligencer April 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Daylight Saving Starts April 15. Ottawa. Sir Robert Borden intimated last night that Canada’s daylight saving bill will go into effect on Monday, April 15th. The bill, which is now before the senate, will be put through its various stages this week and assented to.

The necessary proclamation to bring the bill into effect will probably appear in The Canada Gazette on Saturday, and clocks will be advanced an hour at midnight on Sunday.”

The Intelligencer April 10, 1918 (page 2)

“A Soldier of the Sky Laid at Rest at Belleville, April 9, 1918. The funeral was a military one and was very largely attended by all classes of citizens, who wished to honor the memory of this young man who had given his life for his country just when life was in the springtime and meant so much. Like many other heroic young Canadians, he placed his all on the altar of patriotism and was ready to meet death with a smile in the knowledge of duty well done.

As a mark of respect to the young aviator and his parents a number of business places were closed during the services, as were also Albert College, the High School and some of the classes in the Public schools. Previous to the public service at Bridge Street Methodist Church, a brief private service was held at the family residence, Bridge Street east for the members of the family. …

The body was then conveyed to the church, which was soon filled to overflowing. The interior of the sacred edifice was appropriately draped for the occasion. About the gallery railing to relieve the sombre black draping a few Union Jacks were hung.

The centre pews of the church were reserved for members of the family and friends, the employees of the Ritchie Company, of which the father, Mr. C. M. Reid, is manager, the returned soldiers, High School Cadets, and teachers and students at Albert College. A portion of the gallery was occupied by the pupils of the High School. As the casket was brought into the church Prof. Hunt played the Dead March upon the organ. …

After the service the cortege was formed and was headed by the 15th Regiment band playing the Dead March in Saul. As the funeral procession wended its way down Bridge street that thoroughfare on either side was lined with citizens. …  The cortege proceeded by way of Bridge street west to Commercial street, thence to Belleville cemetery, where interment took place. After the committal service by Rev. Dr. Scott the ‘Last Post’ was sounded and the last sad rites over a soldier hero were completed.”