100 Years Ago: Appeal for Four Gasless Sundays, Merchant Marine Prisoners of War, Poster for Sailors’ Week, City Hall Rooms Offered for Mobilization, Claude Harcourt McWilliams Wounded, Harry Smith Wounded, William John Howard Black Wounded, In Memoriam to Harold Prest, Knights of Columbus to Raise $5,000 for Army Huts

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 1)

“Gasless Sunday For Canada. An appeal to Canadian motorists has come from the automobile club of Canada to observe the next four Sundays as ‘gasless.’ This of course is a patriotic appeal and not as in the States a direct request from the Fuel Controller to conserve gasoline.

The Ontario Motor League, which is affiliated with the Automobile Club of Canada, when questioned on the matter, said there would be no doubt at all, about the members of the league being willing to adhere to such a request. …  The appeal from the Automobile Club of Canada will be sent throughout the length and breadth of the Dominion.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 4)

“Sailors Starving to Death. For more than a year there were 4,000 sailors of the Merchant Marine prisoners-of-war in Germany and no one knew that they were there. They were peaceful sailors following a peaceful occupation. They were taken prisoners and the knowledge of their capture kept from the Allied nations. Upon them has been heaped every indignity. As members of an unofficial service there has been no Government aid; they have not received the usual prisoners’ pocket money to help eke out a miserable existence.

When their plight was discovered, they were starving to death. Today the Navy League is sending them food and paying them the same grant given to sailors of the Navy. But for this they would have succumbed to the ill-treatment and privation. There are many Canadian sailors among them.

Their lot is almost as pitiable as that of the dependents and the families of those Merchant sailors who have died during the war. Will you help these dependents to get enough to eat and to clothe themselves? ‘Sailors’ Week’ is a Dominion-wide campaign to help Canadian seamen and their dependents, and is held from the 1st to 7th of September. Remember the date and give generously. Ontario is asked to contribute $1,000,000. Ontario has never failed.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 4)

Poster for Sailors' Week

“15,000 Have Made Their Last Voyage. Help the Dependents of the Victims of the Subs.

We can help. It is our privilege to contribute to the support of the dependents of the victims of the submarine warfare. Ontario’s objective is to contribute one million dollars. Ontario has never failed! Give! Give liberally!

Remember by Giving! This Is Sailors’ Week September 1st to 7th Inclusive. The Navy League of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 5)

“Rooms in City Hall For Military Use. A special meeting of the City Council was held last evening, the object of which was to consider the proposition of granting the use of the City Hall to the military authorities to be used by clerks for clerical work in connection with the mobilization of troops here during the coming winter. It was decided to accede to the request and also allow the ante room adjoining the hall used by the Cheese Board to be used for the same purpose.

The members present at the meeting were Mayor Platt, Aldermen Whelan, Curry, Hagerman, Donohue, St. Charles, Treverton and Robinson. Mayor Platt stated the object of calling a special meeting of the Council, namely to provide a suitable building for the placing of 50 or 60 clerks in connection with the mobilization of militia in this city. He considered that the City Hall was a suitable place for having the offices located. He had endeavored to secure a portion of the Y.M.C.A., but it was not obtainable. If a suitable place was not secured here the mobilization might not take place in Belleville.

Ald. Whelan thought that some other building than the City Hall might be secured. There were rooms available in the old Dominion Hotel premises, also rooms in the Robertson Block.

Ald. St. Charles—it means some 800 soldiers in the city for the winter which will mean much for the city.

Ald. Robinson moved, seconded by Ald. Curry that the Militia Department be granted the use of the City Hall and Cheese Board room for the winter of 1918 and 1919 free of charge to be used for clerical work. The Militia department to leave the premises in the same condition as when they take possession of it. …  The motion of Ald. Robinson was adopted.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. McWilliams Wounded. Mr. Norman McWilliams, residing at 284 William street, this city, was in receipt of the following telegram:—’Sincerely regret to inform you 636390 Pte. Claude Harcourt McWilliams, infantry, officially reported admitted to 26 General Hospital, Etaples, August 28th, gunshot wound left leg.—Director of Records.’

Pte. McWilliams left here as a signaller in the 155th battalion. Previously to enlistment he was an employee of Messrs. Wallbridge & Clarke at their Bridge street store.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Smith Gassed. Mrs. Denis Mondville, Pinnacle street, city, has received the following official telegram from the Director of Records at Ottawa: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you (636861) Pte. Harry Smith, Mounted Rifles, is officially reported admitted to 53rd General Hospital, Boulogne, August 29, gassed and concussion.’ Pte. Smith is a son of Mrs. Mondville, and left with the 155th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Dangerously Wounded. Mr. Richard Black, residing at 24 Hillside street, this city, was to-day in receipt of the following sad message from Ottawa: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 636710 Pte. William John Howard Black, infantry, officially reported dangerously wounded, 33 Casualty Clearing Station, Sept. 1st, gunshot wound in head. Director of Records.’

Pte. Black tried to enlist with the 155th Battalion of this city, but was turned down, being only 16 years old. He then joined a special class at Lindsay, being bugler of the guards at the Arsenal. From thence he was transferred to the 252nd Battalion, which left here about the same time as the 254th Battalion. The news is especially sad as to-day is his 19th birthday. The many friends of the brave young soldier in Belleville will hope that the wounds will not prove of a fatal nature.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“In Memoriam. PREST—In loving memory of Private Harold Prest, dearly beloved husband of Rosie Prest, of the 59th Battalion, Belleville, who died of wounds, Sept. 16th, 1917.

In the still and quiet hours of the night / When sleep forsakes my eyes, / My thoughts are far away in France, / Where my dear husband lies.—Deeply mourned by wife and daughter.”

The Intelligencer September 6, 1918 (page 7)

“Knights of Columbus To Make Drive. A most enthusiastic gathering of the Belleville Knights of Columbus was held last night at their Club Rooms, Robinson Block, Front St. The purpose was the organization of a central committee to manage this district’s share of the nation wide drive to obtain $500,000 for the Canadian Army Huts. Belleville District has placed $5,000 as its objective, and it is confidently expected that this will be reached and far surpassed.

While the Knights of Columbus as a fraternal organization is conducting the campaign, it is simply acting as a trustee and agency, assisting in the administration of the Army Huts, which are under direction of the Military Chaplain service and regularly recognized by Government authority. The huts are non-sectarian and the slogan ‘All Soldiers Welcome’ is fully lived up to always.

The Army Huts have been established for more than a year, but until the present time it was not necessary to appeal to the general public. Now, however, the work is becoming too expensive, and the appeal must be made in order to keep this vitally necessary work alive.

During the past year the Canadian Army Huts have supplied the needs of thousands of our brave boys in training in Canada, in training in England and on the firing line in France, where the portable huts are moved right up under the guns, and do this without charge of any kind. Stationery, reading matter and refreshments are supplied to all soldiers. There are no sales whatever, and no one connected with the administration of the Army Huts receives a cent of remuneration.”