100 Years Ago: Successful Garden Party, Major William Roy Riordan Awarded D.S.O. Medal

The Intelligencer July 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Successful Garden Party. The garden party under the auspices of the Young Women’s Christian Temperance Union held on the lawn of Mrs. John Williams, was a decided success. Many things were contributed to make it such. Even the weatherman who has been so uncertain of late, favored the function, for not a drop of rain came till just all was over and everything cleared away.

The spacious grounds and house were tastefully decorated with flags and bunting, loaned for the occasion. The ‘Y’ with their many friends, did splendid work in furnishing and attending the booths for war cooking, useful and fancy articles, candy and flowers and the fish pond. The ice cream stand was liberally patronized and high tea was served on the lawn from six o’clock to seven-thirty.

The Victrola loaned by the courtesy of the Lindsay Co., added greatly to the pleasure of the event and little Miss Muriel Quinn of Toronto, gave several readings to the delight of all. A goodly sum was realized for the soldiers’ comforts.

The ‘Y’ hopes that the many friends will remember the collection of old cast-offs of lead, brass and electric light bulbs to be made in September, and will be kind to the children when they call.”

The Intelligencer July 18, 1918 (page 5)

“Awarded D. S. O. Medal. Displayed in the window of Mr. F. C. Clarke’s drug store on Front street is a military decoration which is much admired. It is the insignia of the Distinguished Service Order bestowed upon Major William Roy Riordan, of this city, who when the war broke out was in command of the 34th Battery in this city.

He went overseas shortly after and has been on active service in Italy and France. At present he is in France. For gallantry displayed he was awarded the distinguished service medal and it is the first awarded to a Bellevillian.

Major Riordan forwarded the medal, which is in the shape of a Maltese cross and in the centre of the cross bar the British crown is to be seen. The coveted medal is much prized by Mrs. Riordan, mother of the gallant Major, who resides on George Street in this city. The many friends of the brave Major in the city will extend to him congratulations upon securing from His Majesty the King the decoration.”