100 Years Ago: Belleville Boy Scouts to Canvass for Sailors, Private Harry E. Taylor Killed in Action, Private James Keegan Gassed

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 3)

“Sailors’ Week In Belleville. Complete arrangements have been made to receive Belleville’s share of the million dollar Ontario objective toward the fund for the widows and orphans of the Sailors. Next week from Monday to Saturday will be Sailors’ Week and all through Ontario the boys in blue who ‘carry on’ at sea despite Hun undersea pirates and wind and weather will be the honored guests in everyone’s thought—a week during which it will be everybody’s privilege to ‘Dive Down Deep’ in the money pockets for the fund which is going to protect the dependents of the sailors from suffering and want.

The Clergymen of the country have been asked from the Ontario Naval League Headquarters to make a special appeal this coming Sunday.

Commencing Monday the Belleville Boy Scouts will make a general canvass of the city. In order to protect the boys from any mistakes they will not take any cash, but will be provided with subscription books in which subscribers will write the amounts and sign their names and addresses. The boys will also have membership slips for those who wish to help the local branch by becoming members. Those subscriptions and members fees will be collected later by the treasurer of the local branch.

WATCH FOR NAVAL BUTTON. Only boys of the Boys’ Naval Brigade will canvass for subscriptions and they will be identified by the Naval Button. …  It seems necessary from the public a kindly reception for these boys and there is no doubt but that many would prefer to give their subscriptions to these boys rather than to those who might be able to make a more eloquent verbal appeal. These boys are most anxious to do their bit in these historic times, and be able to look back, and tell how much they collected for the heroes of the deep, and their dependents to which all the money raised in this campaign will be devoted.

The teachers of these boys are requested by the Navy League to kindly excuse them from school for Tuesday and Wednesday of campaign week. There will be a Navy Tent at the Fair Ground Monday and Tuesday where subscriptions will be solicited.

Eighteen of the Belleville Boy Scouts have signed up for naval training on the lakes.”

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Private Taylor Killed. Private Harry E. Taylor of Trenton, was killed in action on August 9th, according to a telegram from the Director of Records. Pte. Taylor enlisted and went overseas with the 235th Battalion of this city.”

[Note: Private Harry Ehno Taylor died on August 8, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 510 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer August 30, 1918 (page 7)

“Belleville Boy Gassed. Mrs. Ellen Keegan, residing at the corner of Brock and King streets, in this city was to-day in receipt of the following telegram: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 636375 Pte. Jas. Keegan, Mounted Rifles, officially reported admitted to a Casualty Clearing Station, August 26th, gassed.—Director of Records. Pte. Keegan left Belleville with the 155th Battalion, under command of Lt.-Col. Adams.”