100 Years Ago: Edward Givens Stapley Wounded, Public Requested to End Sunday Motoring, Poster Against Reckless Spending, Lieut. E. R. Howard Wounded, Thomas Rosevear Wounded, Edward Bryant Wounded, Soldiers Coming to Armouries, No Quorum for Sailors’ Fund

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Cheerful in Spite Of Severe Wounds. Mrs. R. Stapley of this city, has received the following letter from Corp. J. D. Gordon, in regard to her soldier son, who was wounded on August 19 while taking part in the great allied offensive in France:

Dear Mrs. Stapley:—I have the sorrow to advise you that your son E. G. Stapley was wounded on the 10th of August. He got a slight wound in his side, but he will be all right, as it was a nice ‘Blighty.’ He was laughing when we put him in the ambulance and he asked me to write you as I was the Section Commander. I felt sorry for him, but now I call him one of the lucky ones. I hope he will soon be better, and be back in Canada with you soon. He stood up to the attack like a hero. I was glad to see him do so well. Yours respectfully, Corp. J. D. Gordon.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 1)

“Public Requested to Discontinue Sunday Motoring For Pleasure. Special Despatch to The Intelligencer, Canadian Press, Limited. Ottawa. The promised request of the Dominion Fuel Controller regarding the conservation of gasoline, coupled with the intimation that non-compliance would probably result in a drastic order, was issued here this morning. The public is requested to discontinue the use on Sunday of motor-driven traffic with the exception of tractors, etc., actually transporting freight, physicians and funeral vehicles and others on errands of absolute necessity; also to stop using gasoline for washing and avoid spilling gasoline or permitting leaks.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 4)

Poster against reckless spending

“ ‘Make me a Kite—’ Hardly Excusable Even in a Child. If a child were to enter one of our aeroplane factories and interrupt a workman with a request to have a kite made—the workman would smile indulgently—and proceed with his aeroplane.

Condemn yourself, then, if you employ labor and material to make such goods as cater only to your self indulgence.

Every time you buy a thing you do not need, you interfere with Canada’s war work.

Too many of us, in Canada, are flying the ‘luxury kite.’ Too much of the time of Canadian workmen is being purchased by us to make the things that are for show and pleasure.

Stop the reckless spending. Stop acting like children. This war we are fighting calls for men and the brains of men. If you cannot fight—at least do not interrupt the war-work by buying the things you merely want and do not need.

Published under the authority of the Minister of Finance of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. Howard Wounded. Lieut. E. R. Howard, a fireman on the G.T.R., who enlisted in September, 1915, in the 80th Battalion, is reported in hospital with severe gunshot wound in his forehead. His wife, Mrs. Nellie Mabel Howard, resides in Brockville. Lieut. Howard enlisted as a private, rose to the rank of battalion sergeant-Major before proceeding overseas and won his commission in the field of battle.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Wounded in Wrist. From the Director of Records Mrs. Mary Ann Rosevear, Canifton, received the following message: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 637170 Pte. Thomas Rosevear, infantry, officially reported admitted 22 General Hospital, Camiers, Aug. 27, 1918, gunshot wound in wrist.’ Pte. Rosevear, whose home is in Canifton, enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from this city.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Three Times Wounded. Mr. Frank Bryant, residing at 27 Brock Street, city, yesterday received the following telegram from the Director of Records: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 213114 Pte. Edward Bryant, machine gun service, officially reported admitted to hospital, Chester, Sept. 4th, gunshot wound in left shoulder.’

Private Bryant enlisted and went overseas with the 8th Mounted Rifles of Kingston, in October, 1915. This is the third time he has been wounded since being on active service.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“Soldiers Coming. It is reported that a number of the soldiers now stationed at Kingston will be transferred to Belleville about the 15th of this month, and quartered in the Armouries, where accommodation has been provided for between two and three hundred soldiers.”

The Intelligencer September 10, 1918 (page 5)

“The Sailors’ Fund. Lieut. Carnegie, organizer for Ontario for the Navy League of Canada, made a special trip from Toronto yesterday to address the Belleville City Council in behalf of a grant to the Sailors’ Fund. There being no quorum and consequently no meeting of the City Council last evening, Lieut. Carnegie was obliged to return to Toronto without having accomplished his object, and naturally was very much disappointed that his journey had been in vain.

The Sailors’ Fund was augmented to-day by a check for one hundred dollars from Mr. R. J. Graham, which brings the cash already paid in to $1300. A number of subscriptions are still unpaid and the acting treasurer, Mr. Alexander Ray, will keep the list open for a few days to give everyone desirous of so doing an opportunity to contribute to the worthy fund.”