100 Years Ago: Shellshocked Patient Asleep for Two Years, James D. Collip Sends Wreath by Aeroplane, Tabernacle Methodist Church Memorial Service

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“A Long Sleep. On Friday last fifty patients arrived at the Ontario Military Hospital Cobourg, direct from overseas, they being brought here by an escort from Halifax. One of the shell shocked patients has been asleep for over two years and is still in that state.”

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Delivery by Aeroplane. Last Friday Mr. J. D. Collip, florist of this city, received an order for a wreath from the officers of the aviation camp at Deseronto, and requested same to be in readiness within a short time for delivery by aeroplane. Mr. Collip made the design and drove his car to the landing place near the Belleville cemetery and delivered the wreath to an aviator who alighted with his plane. The order, the making of the design, and the delivery at the camp was all accomplished in a record time.”

The Intelligencer July 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. Yesterday morning at the Tabernacle Methodist Church, Rev. Capt. J. Garbutt of Oshawa, rendered a strong stirring address on ‘The Work of the Military Chaplains Overseas.’ As an evidence of appreciation of the congregation the response to the appeal for the Army and Navy Fund was largely in excess of the amount asked for. Mrs. Laidman of Barrie and Mrs. Duff rendered an appreciated duet.

In the evening an impressive memorial service was held, conducted by the pastor, at which tender and timely tributes were paid to the memory of Flight Lieut. Frederick, Sergt. C. Asseltine and Pte. V. Asseltine. Rev. Thomas Wallace of Sidney spoke in a very appreciative manner of the character of Flight Lieut. Frederick, as a former pastor of the family. The Royal Templars were present in a body and also the Alpha Brotherhood as an expression of timely sympathy with Mr. Frederick and family.

Mrs. Laidman sang a very appropriate solo in splendid voice and with pleasing acceptance. The pastor delivered a timely address.”

[Note: Second Lieutenant Leonard Martin Frederick died on July 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 587 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Sergeant Charles Nelson Asselstine died on February 28, 1917. He is commemorated on Page 193 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

[Note: Private Vincent Asselstine died on July 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 361 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]