100 Years Ago: Long Service Medal for Capt. J. V. Doyle, John Bradshaw Wounded, Poster for Bell Telephone, William Gillespie Killed in Action, Daylight Saving

The Intelligencer April 12, 1918 (page 3)

“Long Service Medal. Lieut.-Col. Barragar has received the long service medal of Capt. J. V. Doyle which he is forwarding to him to France where he is on active service. Capt. Doyle left Belleville with the 155th Battalion and was transferred to another Battalion for service at the front. Capt. Doyle has been connected with the Canadian militia for twenty-one years.”

The Intelligencer April 12, 1918 (page 3)

“Wounded in the Shoulder. Mrs. John Bradshaw, residing at 158 Church street in this city today received the following telegram which refers to her husband: Sincerely regret to inform you, four one two nought eight seven Pte. Jno. Bradshaw, Infantry, officially reported admitted to field ambulance depot, April 3rd 1918; gunshot wound right shoulder; will send further particulars when received. Director of Records.

Pte. Bradshaw enlisted and went overseas with the 39th Battalion from here in 1915, and had been in the firing line for some months.”

The Intelligencer April 12, 1918 (page 5)

Ad for Bell Telephone

“Telephone Economy. The Need of the Hour. The telephone, by the very nature of the work it does, is a powerful agent making for economy and efficiency. Without it, business would slow down with a fatal reaction on war effort.

But the increasing scarcity of telephone material of all kinds, and of skilled labor demands that our subscribers should practice a rigid telephone economy.

We ask your co-operation in our efforts to keep our service equal to war-time demands.

The Bell Telephone Company of Canada.”

The Intelligencer April 12, 1918 (page 7)

“Made Supreme Sacrifice. Mrs. John Gillespie, residing at Plainfield, Thurlow township, has received notification from the Director of Records at Ottawa that her son, Private William Gillespie had been killed in action. Deceased was about 35 years of age and unmarried. Some months ago he enlisted at Kingston and was engaged for a considerable time in assisting in the bakery in connection with a military camp in England. He had not been at the front for any great period when he was killed.

Private Gillespie was well known in this vicinity where he was born and lived all his life. His father died some time ago. In addition to the mother, two brothers and a sister survive. Mr. Thos. Gillespie, residing on Catherine street in this city is an uncle of the deceased.”

[Note: Private William John Gillespie died on April 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 414 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 12, 1918 (page 7)

“Daylight Saving. Commencing Monday 15th the leading Merchants of Belleville will open their places of business at 8.30 and close at 5.30 to enable their staffs to get on the land.”