100 Years Ago: Appeal to Save Gasoline, Soldiers’ Families to Be Sent Back to Canada, Sergt. Alvin Edward Denning Killed in Action, Sulphide Saves Gasoline, Lieut. Charles Herbert Brook Wounded

The Intelligencer September 11, 1918 (page 1)

“Appeal To Public To Save Gasoline. Ottawa. An appeal to conserve gasoline by voluntary conservation is made to the citizens of Canada by the Fuel Controller. …  ‘Hitherto all overseas demands have been satisfactorily met as far as transportation was available, and the domestic demand has absorbed the balance, and the attitude of the Fuel Controller has been one of watchful waiting.

Recent information, however, discloses the fact that production is beginning to lag behind the demand from all sources. The requirements of the Western harvest fields owing to the ever increasing use of mechanical motive power, has been very large and the country is now face to face with an actual gasoline shortage. …

Under the circumstances the Fuel Controller appeals to the people of Canada to exercise the most right economy in the consumption of gasoline until such time as the public is officially notified that no further necessity exists or extraordinary economy. …  The public is particularly requested to discontinue the use of motor-driven vehicles on Sundays. …  the Fuel Controller has decided to observe the effect of an appeal for voluntary conservation. Should this not be found sufficiently or quickly effective, he will, of course, have no other option than to embody the necessary restrictions in formal regulations and to provide for their enforcement.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1918 (page 3)

“Soldiers’ Dependents To Be Sent Back. Toronto. Word has been received by the Dominion Government that all wives, children and other dependents of Canadian soldiers who are now living in Britain will be sent to Canada as soon as possible.

Such is the information that came to light at the meeting of the Toronto and York Patriotic Fund yesterday afternoon. The Patriotic Fund, which has been asked to assist in caring for these returned Canadian women and children, yesterday placed the matter in the hands of their Allowance Committee, and decided to co-operate in every way with the Dominion Government and the Soldiers Aid Commission of Ontario.”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Killed in Action. Mr. Seymour Deacon, who resides on Murney street, in this city, yesterday received a message from the Director of Records, that his nephew, Sergt. Allan Denning, was killed in action on August 26th. The young officer for some years lived in Belleville, where he attended school. He enlisted and went overseas with the 249th Battalion, which was organized in Western Canada. A wife and child survive, also his father.”

[Note: Private Alvin Edward Denning died on August 26, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 396 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Sulphide Saves Gasoline. The little mining village of Sulphide, Hastings County, set an example to the surrounding communities last Sunday in the matter of conserving gasoline. Of the thirty-odd cars owned in the village none was in use for pleasure purposes, and it has been resolved to continue this every Sunday until the gasoline situation is officially reported as improved.”

The Intelligencer September 11, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. Brook Wounded. Lieut. Charles Herbert Brook, M.M., has been wounded in action, official notification from the Director of Records at Ottawa having been received by Mr. Charles H. Brook, 73 Victoria Avenue, city, that Lieut. Brook was taken to No. 20 General Hospital Dannes-Camiers on September 4, with gunshot wound in his right shoulder.

Lieut. Brook, who was formerly a member of the 15th Regiment, enlisted in the 80th Battalion in October, 1915, and was appointed a sergeant. Arriving overseas he was transferred to a Highland battalion and proceeded to France, where he rendered valuable service to the Empire in some of the great battles of the war, won the Military Medal for gallantry and devotion to duty, and won his commission on the field of battle, qualifying as a lieutenant. His many friends trust that he will soon recover.”