100 Years Ago: Sergeant Arthur Edward McGlashon Improving, Arthur Nelson Pyear Leaves for Overseas, Lieut. R. Scott and Wife Return to Stirling, Cadet Blue Knitting Circle Holds Tea

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 2)

“Sergt. McGlashon Is Improving. Mrs. McGlashon wife of Sergt McGlashon, caretaker of the Armouries, in this city, is in receipt of the following communication which refers to her son, Sergt. A. E. McGlashon, who some months ago was seriously wounded: NO. 5 Canadian General Hospital, Kirkdalt, Liverpool, April 30th, 1918.

Dear Mrs. McGlashon:—I am writing to let you know that your son, Sgt. A. E. McGlashon, is now in Ward A, in the above Hospital. I have had the pleasure of calling upon him from time to time during the past few months. His cheerfulness and good spirit were always an inspiration to me. Now he is still more happy, that he is among Canadians in a Canadian institution.

Before long, I cannot tell you definitely, but it is not likely to be more than four weeks at the very latest we expect he will be on his way back to Canada. For this I am sure you will be very grateful. Should you receive a cable with the simple message ‘Leaving,’ you will know that he has got started. Our hospital ships travel with practically absolute safety, so that you need have no fears of his coming to any grief on the water.

His wound, as you know, was quite severe, but in time he will recover almost, if not altogether, completely. In all your anxiety for him you have had our thought and prayers, and now that he will soon be restored to you, you have our congratulations. Yours very sincerely, James W. Melvin, Capt.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 3)

“Bade Farewell To Soldier Boy. On Thursday evening, May 9th, about 100 of the friends and neighbors assembled at the home of Mr. Richard Pyear, River Road to bid farewell to his youngest son Arthur, who expects to leave shortly for overseas service. During the evening the following address was read by Albert Carlisle:

Mr. Arthur Pyear, Stirling. Dear Friend and Neighbor,—We, some of your neighbors and friends, have met before your departure for overseas and the great war to voice our appreciation of you as one of the boys of our church and community and to wish you Godspeed and a safe return. …  Today we recognize that the greatest service a young man can render his generation is to help preserve to his fellowmen the privileges and freedom our fathers won and handed down to us. …

In accepting this wrist watch and fountain pen our hope is that you will be frequently reminded of the love of your friends and that some of us will frequently hear from you and of your welfare. Signed on behalf of your many friends, Geo. R. Meggison, Henry Farrell, Albert C. Carlisle.

Mr. Richard Pyear and son, Arthur, made suitable replies, thanking their friends and neighbors for the remembrances. Rev. F. H. Howard acted as chairman and addressed the gathering. Speeches were also made by Gilbert Windsor, Geo. Meggison and others. A piano solo by Miss Vera Hubbell and songs by Miss Viola Windsor, Miss Edith Abbott and Frank Abbott formed a very enjoyable part of the program. Lunch was served and in the ‘wee sma’ hours of the morning the gathering dispersed after singing the National Anthem.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Welcomed Home. Lieut. R. Scott and Mrs. Scott arrived in Stirling Wednesday on the 6:30 train and were greeted by the ringing of all the church bells and the cheers and congratulations of a large number of friends who had assembled at the station. Lieut. Scott left Canada about two years ago, having enlisted with the 80th Battalion, and served as a gallant son of the Empire in the firing line in France, where he was wounded and afterwards invalided home.”

The Intelligencer May 18, 1918 (page 6)

“Birthday Party. Yesterday from 3 to 7 p.m. at the Y.M.C.A. the Cadet Blue Knitting Circle held a most successful At Home in the form of a birthday party. The arrangements and decorations of the spacious rooms were beautiful, the color scheme being cadet blue with cowslips and various spring flowers.

Mrs. Clarke, convenor of the Circle, assisted by Mrs. S. Bongard, received; Miss M. Campbell took the pennies at the door from the many that attended. Refreshments were served by the seventeen ladies who belong to the Circle. Tea was poured by Mrs. G. Simmons and Mrs. A. Thrasher. The proceeds, which amounted to a goodly sum, will be used for socks and comforts for the soldiers.”