100 Years Ago: Charles Hilton Dies of Wounds, Veterans Commemorate Second Battle of Ypres, Canada at Ypres, Francis Middleton Ill, Second Battalion Veterans Hold Dinner at Hotel Quinte

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 1)

“Pte. Charles Hilton Died of Wounds. Another Belleville soldier has made the supreme sacrifice for King and country, Pte. Charles Hilton. The following sad message was received here this morning: Mrs. Chas. Hilton, 357 Front Street, Belleville, Ont. Deeply regret to inform you, 636430 Pte. Charles Hilton, infantry, officially reported died of wounds, third Canadian Stationary Hospital, Boulogne, April 7th, 1918, gunshot wounds face, left arm and legs. Director of Records.

Pte. Hilton enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion. Previous to enlistment he was for some time engaged in the grocery business on Front street. He was a member of St. Thomas church, and was much respected by all who knew him. A widow and three children survive. To the grief stricken family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

[Note: Private Charles Hilton died on April 17, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 429 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 2)

“Canada’s Glory at Ypres Commemorated by Veterans. Members of the Great War Veterans’ Association of this city, on Sunday morning held their first annual church parade in commemoration of the second Battle of Ypres, which began April 22nd, 1915. There was a good turnout of members of the Association who, headed by the 15th Battalion band, proceeded from their quarters on Front street to the Salvation Army citadel, where services were held. The barrack hall was well filled when the services commenced. …

Adjutant Ritchie, who is in charge of the local corps, spoke briefly, referring to the pleasure it gave him to welcome the returned soldiers of the King to the Salvation Army service. …  During the service the 15th Battalion band assisted in playing for the hymns, and while the offertory was being taken rendered a suitable selection. At the close of the service the veterans, headed by the band, marched back to their headquarters.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Canada at Ypres. Colonel Ponton, Secretary of the Belleville Board of Trade, has today an appropriate bulletin on Bridge St. with the centrepiece, the celebration cartoon from Punch, published after the Battle of Ypres with the figure of the victorious soldiers and the one word ‘Canada.’

There is also the funeral service held at the front, attended by General Alderson and staff, when the heroic dead were buried with all the honours the British Army could pay to heroes who held the line and saved the situation in that fateful crisis.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Middleton Ill. A letter has been received from Pte. Ewin Faber, a chum of Pte. Francis Middleton, whose home is at 7 Boswell street, this city, stating that Pte. Middleton, has been ill in bed with acute Bronchitis ever since December 24, 1917, when he was brought down from the line in France. He is now in a hospital in England, and is recovering nicely. Pte. Middleton, enlisted with the 155th Battalion and went to France with a Railroad Battalion.”

The Intelligencer April 22, 1918 (page 6)

“Celebrate Second Battle of Ypres. The third annual dinner of the returned officers of the Second Battalion, held in commemoration of the second battle of Ypres, was held at the Hotel Quinte on Saturday night. …  The officers arrived on the International Limited, and were met by the Belleville officers and motored about the city, and after a pleasant motor trip went to Major Ponton’s residence and were served with afternoon  tea there. The dinner took place at 8 p.m., and was admirably served by Mr. Jenkin’s staff. …

After the dinner and speeches were over the guests adjourned to the Belleville Club, where the remainder of the evening was spent and many old stories were revived by the members of the battalion. It was decided that the dinner next year would be held at Peterboro’, Ontario, and hope that we would have all the officers back by that time. The guests left in the noon train yesterday for their various destinations.”