100 Years Ago: Exemptions Cancelled of Men Between 20 and 23, Poster for Y.M.C.A. Red Triangle Fund, George Francis Sprackett Dies of Wounds, Four Belleville Soldiers Honoured

The Intelligencer May 7, 1918 (page 1)

“All Exemptions Cancelled Of Men Between 20 and 23. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer. Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. All exemptions from military service of men between 20 and 23 years of age have been automatically cancelled, said Major General Mewburn, Minister of Militia, at this morning’s session of the House of Commons today.”

The Intelligencer May 7, 1918 (page 3)

Ad for YMCA Red Triangle Fund“Grim Reality! This may be your son. Or your neighbor’s boy. Whoever he may be, he is a Canadian lad of priceless worth! This grim picture of a suffering Canadian soldier is only too real! For it is drawn from a story told by the camera.

Everywhere that Canadian generosity makes possible its indispensable service, the Y.M.C.A. is straining every nerve—giving even unto death—to reach and help Canadian soldiers!

Write the cheque Now. Y.M.C.A. Red Triangle Fund.”

The Intelligencer May 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Died of Wounds. In the Canadian casualty list today appears the name of Private G. F. Sprackett, of Gilmour, Hastings County, who died of wounds. The young hero was a member of the 254th Battalion, which was mobilized in this city.”

[Note: Private George Francis Sprackett died on April 23, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 505 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer May 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Belleville’s Honor Roll. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir,—Not forgetting honors won by Ketcheson, Johnson and others, Belleville may indeed be proud on reading the last issue of the Canadian Military Gazette to find the record on one page of no less than four of our own boys who the ‘King has delighted to honor.’

Major Edison Franklin Linn, already Military Cross, has D.S.O. added to his distinctions and is in command of his corps of Engineers. Major William Riordan of the Field Artillery received his D.S.O. Major John Ham Sills of the Infantry is also awarded the D.S.O. and Lieut. Stanley Burritt Iler of the Engineers is awarded the Military Cross.

Can any city of our size show such a splendid record in one month? Are we at home living up to the lead given by these splendid men, patient and chivalrous in service and sacrifice. Yours truly, W. N. Ponton.”