100 Years Ago: Great War Veterans’ Association Activities, George McIntosh Enlisted at 16

The Intelligencer April 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Ypres Anniversary. Members of the Great War Veterans’ Association of Belleville will on Sunday morning attend service at the Salvation Army barracks here. Commandant McElkiney, of Peterboro, will give the address. The occasion is the anniversary of the battle of Ypres. The 15th Battalion band will play the veterans to the barracks.”

The Intelligencer April 19, 1918 (page 7)

“Enlisted at Sixteen. Pte. George Stewart McIntosh arrived home last evening after two years interesting and exciting experience in the Canadian army which he wouldn’t swop for a tidy fortune. He enlisted when sixteen years of age and went overseas with the Queen’s Ambulance Corps and saw active service in France, being through the battle of Passchendaele, where the Canadians won undying glory, and other actions.

On account of his extreme youth he had difficulty remaining on active service and finally was mustered out for this reason. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. John McIntosh, Hillcrest avenue. Private McIntosh’s brother, John, crossed the sea with the Cobourg Heavy Battery, was gassed and invalided to England, but has just returned to France in time to take part in the ‘big push’ now facing the Canadians, when it is quite on the cards that the Maple Leafs will give the Kaiser his final kick down the hill of defeat.”

[Note: Date of birth on attestation paper is Feb 16th 1898. Note on attestation paper “Actual age claimed on Feb 4th 1918: cable … shows date of birth 16th Feb 1900.]