100 Years Ago: Card of Thanks from McCabe Family, Letter from William Dorland McLean Shorey, Red Cross Penny Bag Collection, Poster for Sailors’ Week, Private Benjamin Charles Bunton Doing Well, Lieut. Reuben Cooper Wounded, Naval Brigade Boys Accept Donations, Sailors’ Fund, Letter of Sympathy for Charles White’s Mother

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Card of Thanks. Mr. and Mrs. T. F. McCabe and family wish to extend their sincere thanks to all who so kindly sympathized with them in the loss of their son and brother, killed in action on August 8th.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Letter from Overseas. From W. D. M. Shorey. Seaford, Sussex, Eng., Aug. 18. Dear Mr. Bowell,—I have been in England four weeks tomorrow and although we are still in quarantine, I like it fine and am putting on some weight. …  One thing that struck me the day we landed was the reception the people gave us as our troop train passed along. For more than an hour we ran through the suburbs of London and the people rushed out of their homes and waved and cheered, and as we went through one railway centre where the yard was full of engines the whistle on every engine was blown. Quite a difference to the lack of enthusiasm of the people at home, or perhaps I should say lack of demonstration.

The harvest, a beautiful one, is being gathered by old men and the women and we saw girls dressed in overalls working in factories. My observations of course are those gleaned from our train trips, for we have been in quarantine since our arrival, but we saw few men. …

The coal problem promises to be an acute one here this year though I believe the food situation is better. They feed the soldiers well, but of course there are many things to which the boys have become accustomed as everyday necessities at home that are not to be had here. But one would never appreciate the fact that there is a shortage of foodstuffs here by staying in Canada. You have to come over here to realize it. …  Remember me to Phil. Harrison and the boys, and with kind regards to Mrs. Bowell and yourself. Sincerely, W. D. M. Shorey.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 2)

“Red Cross Penny Bag Collection. The penny bag collection for August, while not quite reaching our average monthly collection, was very good in view of the fact that so many of our citizens are away, it being ten dollars in advance of the August collection for 1917.

We hope, though, that those who have been enjoying holidays will on their return double up their usual giving and so help us to make good this month’s deficit. Let us not grow weary in well doing, for the money is badly needed for our soldiers and any sacrifice entailed by our giving is very small in comparison to the sacrifices they have made and are making for us. Ketcheson ward stands first this month, and both Murney and Coleman wards show an increase over last month.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Sailors' Week

“Remember the Lusitania. Give Today. Can you ever forget the stark horror when the newspapers spread the word that on May 7th, 1915, the unspeakable Germans had sunk the Lusitania, murdering women, children, and non-combatants? The horror is very fresh in the minds of the widows and orphans of the heroic crew. To their mental distress is added the torture of threatened poverty.

This is Sailors’ Week September 1st to 7th Inclusive. The Navy League of Canada. Ontario Division.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

Benjamin Bunton“Pte. Bunton Doing Well. Mr. B. C. Bunton, of 41 Pine street, was today in receipt of the following telegram from the Director of Records: Referring to your enquiry, a cable received from England states that 113117 Pte. B. C. Bunton, is doing well. Will be transferred to Northcott Park Convalescent Hospital.”

The Intel    ligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. R. Cooper Wounded. Mr. L. B. Cooper, residing on Moira street, yesterday received a message stating that his son, Lieut. Reuben Cooper, was wounded on August 31st. Lieut. Cooper was previously wounded on November 6th of last year but was soon able to return to the trenches. He left here with the 254th Battalion and has been in France almost a year. At present he is an officer in the 2nd Canadian Battalion. His many friends will hope that he is not seriously wounded.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“Pay the Boys. The local branch of the Navy League of Canada has decided that it will be more convenient for contributors to the Sailors’ Fund to have the boys of the Naval Brigade take their subscriptions. Many have already paid the boys and those who have signed the slips but not paid as yet will be called upon again by the boys who will start out tomorrow after school to call upon contributors. Any who prefer to do so can leave subscriptions at the office of Mr. Alexander Ray, Front street.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 5)

“The Sailors’ Fund. The teams of Boy Scouts who were engaged in canvassing the city for subscriptions for the Merchant Marine fund did their work well, visiting every home in the city. From Mr. A. Ray, chairman of the Navy League of Belleville, it was learned that up to last evening about $1600 had been subscribed, $600 of which was in cash. This has been deposited in a local bank. One citizen gave a cheque for $200 and other subscriptions of a substantial nature are anticipated. The boy canvassers are still carrying on their work and when the end of the work is reached good results are expected. The City Council will be asked to make a grant to the worthy object.”

The Intelligencer September 5, 1918 (page 6)

“Sergt. Major White Was Killed Instantly. The following letter was received by Mrs. Ellen E. White, 78 Gordon St., city, from Lieut. A. W. Asseltine, in regard to the death of her husband, killed in action:

France, Aug. 13, 1918. My Dear Mrs. White,—It is with the deepest sympathy I take this opportunity of writing you re Charlie’s death, which occurred on the morning of August 8th. I was not with him at the time when he was killed, but I was informed by the officer who was with him that he was killed instantly by a rifle bullet. Charlie was acting Company Sergt.-Major at the time.

I feel more acquainted with him than any other officer of the company as he was in my platoon, No. 15, for a long time. I still have the picture of our group taken last year. Sergt. Bill Reid, whom he may have mentioned to you, who was also in our platoon, was killed on the following day. Charlie is greatly missed by us all, always a gentleman, and to me he spoke very often of his wife and kiddies whom he loved very much. As a soldier and N.C.O. in this company he had no equal. I feel sure that the hand of Him who took your beloved husband from you will also heal the wound that his loss has caused. Trusting that the children and yourself are in the best of health, I remain, Yours respectfully, A. W. Asseltine, Lieut.”