100 Years Ago: Private John Edgar Canniff Killed in Action, Coal Arrives in Belleville, Private Patrick Leo Doyle Missing, Belleville Fair, Women’s Home League Sale

The Intelligencer August 28, 1918 (page 1)

“Pte. John E. Canniff Killed in Action. Another Belleville boy has made the supreme sacrifice for King and Country. Yesterday afternoon Mr. Lyle Canniff, residing at 121 Yeomans St. received the following telegram, which refers to his brother: Ottawa, August 27th, 1918. L. V. Canniff, 121 Yeomans Street, Belleville. Deeply regret to inform you that 1,093,324 Pte. John Edgar Canniff, officially reported killed in action on August 10th, 1918. Director of Records.

Pte. Canniff enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion in this city. For some time previous to enlistment he was engaged in railway work. He was about 28 years of age and was a son of the late Mr. John Canniff, preceded him to the tomb, was unmarried. Jack, as he was familiarly called had many friends here who will regret to learn of his death. His mother, Mrs. Emma Jane Canniff, preceded him to the tomb some weeks ago. One brother, Lyle, survives, also three sisters, Mrs. Isaac Frost, of Edmonton, Mrs. H. Leavens, of Toronto, and Mrs. James Shortts of this city. To the bereaved will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

[Note: Private John Edgar Canniff died on August 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 380 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 28, 1918 (page 5)

“Coal for the City. A car of nut coal arrived here today having been consigned to the Fuel Committee of the city Council. It was a good sample of coal. The members of the committee were unable to state what the fuel would be sold for as the bill of lading had not arrived.”

The Intelligencer August 28, 1918 (page 5)

“Another Son Wounded. Mrs. Elizabeth Doyle, residing at 156 Front street, was yesterday in receipt of the following telegram: Ottawa, Aug. 26. Sincerely regret to inform you 636827 Pte. Patrick Leo Doyle, infantry, officially reported missing, believed wounded, August 9th. Director of Records.

Pte. Doyle left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, and has two brothers in active service overseas, and both of them have been wounded. The many friends of Leo in this city will sincerely hope for the better in his case.”

The Intelligencer August 28, 1918 (page 5)

“Belleville’s Fair. On Monday next Labor Day Belleville fair will open and continue the following day. The management are making every effort to have the fair a success and indications are that their efforts will not be in vain. From Mr. R. H. Ketcheson, the Secretary, we learn that the entries in the various departments are good, and in some cases in excess of former years.

An entertaining feature will be the display exhibited by the Returned Soldiers War Display Company of Beaverton. This display consists of souvenirs collected on several important battlefields of the present campaign.

A good programme of events has been arranged for. At 1.30 on Monday the fair will be formally declared opened by Mayor Platt, who will deliver an address. Two speeding events will be on the afternoon programme, namely the 2.30 and 2.18 class for which there are a number of entries. There will be other special attractions. The 15th regimental band will furnish a programme of music each afternoon.”

The Intelligencer August 28, 1918 (page 5)

“Sale of Work. Mrs. Major R. D. Ponton will open the sale of work at the S. A. Citadel this afternoon at 3 o’clock. The Women’s Home League have been working very hard for this sale, which is in the interests of the soldiers overseas. A number of curios will be exhibited.”