100 Years Ago: Son of E. Guss Porter M.P. for West Hastings Killed in Action, Drive for Army Huts Begins, Comments on Gasless Sunday, Poster for Army Huts by Haines Shoe Houses, Memorial Service for Malcolm French, First Gasless Sunday, George Thibault Missing, William John Wallace Wounded, Sailors’ Fund Growing, Alan Seed Fleming Dies in Motor Accident, Siberian Contingent, Daniel James Sweeney Wounded, In Memoriam for James Henry Meloy

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 1)

Roger Porter

“Lieut. Roger Morrow Porter of Belleville, who was instantly killed while commanding his section in France, August 30, 1918. He was the son of E. Guss Porter, K.C., member of the Dominion Parliament for West Hastings, and Mrs. Porter.”

[Note: Lieutenant Roger Morrow Porter died on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 486 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 2)

“The Big Drive Has Started. While the actual canvass of the City does not begin until Wednesday, headquarters of the Campaign at the corner of Bridge and Front Sts., opened this morning and citizens started in immediately with their subscriptions. From the interest being shown no doubt is entertained that long before the week is out the $5,000 objective will be reached and passed. The citizens are not only anxious to help with their money, but also with their work. There is a spirit of comradeship being displayed that is worthy of the cause for which all are working.

Army Huts are now established in Bramshott, Whitley, Shorncliffe, Purfleet and Seaforth in England, where the men in training camps can always find recreation. …  In France the Army Huts are established in Le Treport, Etables, and the Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Army Huts are located with the Canadian Railway troops. In the Canadian Corps Area the Huts are distributed among the Canadian divisions with headquarters in a ruined French town, as near as possible to the front with recreation room and canteen. …

In the Army Huts of the army of our great Allies, the United States, Canadian soldiers always find a warm welcome and last year the K. of C. raised $28,000,000 to establish and maintain this movement. …  The Canadian K. of C. have undertaken to reciprocate in the Canadian forces through the Canadian Army Huts. Therefore Canada is to raise $500,000 this week. Belleville’s share of the $500,000 is $5,000 and as Canada’s fighting men have led the world on the battlefield of France, so Canadians at home should not be found wanting, and the Army Huts should be over-subscribed. The headquarters at the corner of Bridge and Front Streets is open at all times. It is hoped that each citizen of Belleville will step in there and make a voluntary subscription.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 3)

“Observations on a Gasless Sunday. To the Editor of The Intelligencer. Dear Sir:—While out walking yesterday I observed a man trying to buy gasoline at a local garage. He was refused. I also noticed the street bus going to the station drawn by horses, and while on Front street I counted many cars well filled with joyriders and noticed one garage selling gasoline.

It is this class of people who are responsible for strict laws in Canada, when they will not adhere to the request of our Government. To them I would like to say that their actions indicate that they think it more necessary that they should have a good time on Sunday than that there shall be plenty of gasoline for military operations.

Get the picture in your minds of a Canadian boy who has been at the front for several years. He has been in the trenches, he has been ‘over the top,’ he has been wounded, wet, tired and sick, and still he stays with it—and yet when the request is made to cut out Sunday driving for pleasure you won’t do it. You’re some patriot, aren’t you. ‘OBSERVER.’ ”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for army huts campaign

“A cup of coffee in the trenches is worth a dollar. Your dollar given to the K of C Army Huts Campaign Sept. 15 to 23 will buy a hundred cups, for which there is no charge to the fighting men. Realise your duty & GIVE GIVE GIVE.

The Haines Shoe Houses. Belleville, Napanee, Smith’s Falls.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. A memorial service was held in the Tabernacle Sunday School yesterday for the late Malcolm French, who recently fell in action. The service throughout was very impressive, and one long to be remembered by all present. The remarks by his Sunday School teacher, Mr. Height, the superintendent, Mr. Walmsley, and Rev. Mr. Moore, Rev. Mr. Baker and Mr. Bell, all pointed to the excellent character of the late soldier. Even the hymns selected and the music by the orchestra, had a very touching and impressive effect. The orchestra opened the service with ‘O Canada,’ and concluded with the Dead March in Saul, after which Mr. Wannacott sounded the ‘Last Post.’ ”

[Note: Private Malcolm Linford French died on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 411 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“First Gasless Sunday. The request of the Dominion Fuel Controller that pleasure riding in motor cars be discontinued for several Sundays in order to conserve the gasoline supply for war purposes resulted in a marked absence from the streets of the city and country roads of automobile parties on pleasure bent. The threatening aspect of the weather in the afternoon helped, no doubt, in the saving of gasoline, but there was a general disposition on the part of automobile owners to comply with the request of the Fuel Controller.

Of course, there were some automobile parties to be seen, plainly out for pleasure, but it was noticeable that members of these parties were as a rule, either uninformed as to the need of gasoline saving or too thoughtless to comply with the request.

Garages were generally closed for the day and it was almost impossible to secure any gasoline. Several cars were noticed bearing the sign: ‘This car out on business.’

Taken altogether the first gasless Sunday was a distinct success in this vicinity giving promise of more general observance on succeeding Sundays.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Thibault Missing. Mrs. G. Thibault, residing at 18 Murney Street, city, is in receipt of the following telegram from the Director of Records, which refers to her husband: Sincerely regret to inform you 455484 Pte. George Thibault, infantry, officially reported missing, August 28. Pte. Thibault enlisted in 1915 with the 59th Battalion at Peterboro.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Wm. J. Wallace Wounded. Mr. W. J. Wallace, of Wharf street, city, received the following telegram, relative to her husband: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 412331 Pte. Wm. John Wallace, infantry, officially reported admitted to 26 General Hospital, Etaples, August 29th, Gunshot wound hip. Pte. Wallace was formerly of Montreal. He enlisted with the 39th Battalion of this city.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Sailor Fund Growing. The local Sailors’ Fund is slowly growing toward the $2000 mark and needs some patriotic citizen to give it one more good boost toward the mark, which will prevent Belleville’s contribution being altogether unworthy of the patriotism and wealth of the citizens.

This morning a contribution was received from Mr. J. W. Johnson, who has been very ill, for some months, but has never lost touch with local and world events. Mr. Alex Ray, the local representative of the Ontario Navy League, is keeping the list open as long as possible in the hope that it will go ‘over the top’ for $2,000 at least. Has everybody paid an installment on their debt to the sailors? Don’t be a slacker—give something if only ten cents.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 5)

“Lieut. Fleming Killed. The sad news came to Capt. and Mrs. John Fleming, 263 Foster avenue, that their son, Lieut. Allen Fleming, had been killed in a motor accident at Egham England. Lieut. Fleming won his commission through having rendered especially valuable services to the Empire, having gone overseas as a private in 1916. He was mentioned in despatches for meritorious service and served in various capacities, being secretary to Gen. MacDougal, for a time. Recently he was on staff duty in connection with the forestry operations and was highly regarded for his efficient methods.

Many friends in Belleville and elsewhere will regret to hear of his death and great sympathy is felt with the sorrowing relatives. Lieut. Fleming was married in England, and an infant child is left.”

[Note: Lieutenant Alan Seed Fleming died on September 10, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 408 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 6)

“Siberian Contingent. A last chance for voluntary enlistment. Recruits wanted for service in Siberia in all branches of the army. Any man, whether under the M. S. A. or not may volunteer. For further particulars see Lieut. A. C. Lord, recruiting officer, at the G. W. V. A. rooms, Corby Buildings, on Monday and Tuesday, September 16th and 17th.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 6)

“Pte. Sweeney Wounded. Mrs. Robt. Tarlington, residing at 50 Murney street, city, is in receipt of a message from the Director of Records at Ottawa with the information that Pte. Daniel James Sweeney, machine gun unit, was officially reported admitted to Cambridge Ship hospital, Aldershot, on Sept. 5th, with gunshot wound in the chest and arm. Pte. Sweeney is a brother of Mrs. Tarlington, and lived in Belleville some time. He enlisted at Cobourg and left with the first draft of the 59th Battalion.”

The Intelligencer September 16, 1918 (page 6)

“In Memoriam. In loving memory of James Henry Meloy, who was killed in action on the 16th of Sept. 1916:

Servant of God, well done, / Thy glorious warfares past, / The battles fought, the victory won / And thou art crowned at last. / Soldier of Christ, well done, / Praise by thy new employ, / And while eternal ages run / Rest in thy Saviour’s joy.

From his Wife and Children.”