100 Years Ago: Women Must Stop Wearing Badges of Discharged Soldiers as Brooches, John McGuire Wounded, Farmers’ Picnic at Sandbanks, Cadets and Mechanics Wanted for Royal Air Force, Earl Franklin McCabe Killed in Action

The Intelligencer August 22, 1918 (page 1)

“Prevent Women Wearing Badges. Toronto. Women who are in the habit of wearing badges given to soldiers discharged from service in the army will require to be careful in the future regarding the use of these buttons, as the military officials of the Department of Militia and Defence state that the badges are being used extensively as brooches, and orders were received at military headquarters in Toronto yesterday authorizing steps to be taken to put a stop to the practice. From now on any person other than the person entitled, who is found wearing any of the service buttons will be liable to prosecution.

The authorities point out that the badges are given to the soldiers to represent the nature of their service with the Canadian forces, and that it is entirely illegal for anyone who has not seen service to wear them. It has been found that the badges in most favor with the women are those presented to men who have been discharged in England, because of their ornamental design and because they are more fitted for use as brooches. In the case of the smaller buttons it has been found that they have been made ornamental by having them mounted in gold and silver.

It was never the intention that the badges should be transferred to relatives or friends of the soldiers, said a military official last evening, and he hoped that when the matter was drawn to the attention of those violating the regulation the practice of wearing them would be discontinued. He desired to state, however, that the censure of the department at Ottawa did not in any way apply to the relatives of soldiers who had received posthumous decorations, as in such cases those persons were legally entitled to wear them.”

The Intelligencer August 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. McGuire Wounded. Pte. John McGuire was wounded on August 14, and is now in the Fifth General Hospital at Rouen, France, according to official notice received to-day by Mrs. Mildred McGuire, 70 Gordon Street.”

The Intelligencer August 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Farmers’ Picnic. A number of Belleville citizens are attending the annual Farmers’ Picnic at the Sand Banks to-day. Several speakers are expected from Toronto and a splendid program has been arranged. Mr. P. F. Brockel, Y. M. C. A. Secretary, and Officer Commanding Soldiers of the Soil in this district, is in charge of the sports, in which a large number of the boys and girls engaged in farm work are taking part. The Ontario baseball team left at noon to play with the Picton team at the picnic.”

The Intelligencer August 22, 1918 (page 5)

“Cadets and Mechanics Wanted. The Royal Air Force has recruited 1,000 mechanics since recruiting was opened on May 20 of this year. A further 1,000 are to be recruited in the next two months, and excellent opportunities are presented for Category ‘B’ men at the present time in all branches. There is an urgent call for cooks, medical orderlies, shoemakers and clerks, and a few barbers are also required, in addition to men of mechanical trades. …  Cadet recruiting is proceeding apace and an excellent class of men are still coming forward.

One thousand women are now employed in the air force in Canada, and this number will increase also. All indications point to the air force in Canada being numerically much stronger at the end of this year than at any previous time. It is not generally known that the air force has over one thousand civilian Canadians engaged in recruiting throughout the Dominion.”

The Intelligencer August 22, 1918 (page 6)

“Earl F. McCabe Killed in Action. The sad news reached Belleville yesterday of the death of Earl Franklin McCabe, who was killed in action in France, on August 8th, while engaged in the great Canadian drive, which was so successful in advancing the cause of the allies.

Gunner McCabe was the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas McCabe, Bleecker Avenue, and only nineteen years of age. In March, 1917, while a student at the Ontario Business College he enlisted in the Cobourg Heavy Battery, and went overseas. He was a member of the Baptist Church and Sabbath School and a splendid young Canadian of many admirable qualities promising a successful career in life. The sympathy of the entire community goes out to the bereaved family.”

[Note: Gunner Earl Franklin McCabe died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 453 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]