100 Years Ago: Army Huts Campaign, City Council to Secure Canning Factory for Soldiers, Poster for Army Huts by John Lewis Co., Parents Give Money to Y.M.C.A., Poster for Saving Money, William Hunter Killed in Action, William John Howard Black Dies of Wounds, William Woods Killed in Action, Henry Edgar Carter Killed in Action, Poster for Army Huts Campaign

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 2)

“K. of C. Drive in Full Swing Success Assured. The first day of the K. of C. Army Hut Fund Campaign saw the drive off to a good start. All classes of citizens are showing their interest and people in all walks of life have been calling regularly at the Campaign headquarters, corner of Bridge and Front Sts., with generous subscriptions, and it is expected that the $5,000 objective will be reached before the end of the week. …

The local committee are working day and night to make this fund a success, and the same thing is going on from one end of Canada to the other. In the Belleville district reports are pouring in from Trenton, Tweed, Deseronto, Stirling, centres where the same interest is being shown.

The canvass of the city will be made tomorrow, Thursday and Friday, and it is hoped that every household will be waiting for the canvassers with a generous contribution. …  A list will be made of the contributors and published. Statements will be made showing where every dollar was expended. In the Army Huts everyone is welcome and everything is free. Therefore at home everyone should give to the utmost.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 3)

“Soldiers Coming From Kingston. A special meeting of the City Council was called for last evening the object of which was to secure for military purposes the canning factory building situated in this city. …  Mayor Platt stated that the military authorities were anxious to secure the canning factory building here for the segregation of some 300 to 500 soldiers during the winter months. The object was that soldiers coming here would be placed in the building, thoroughly examined medically, detained there a number of days and then when found free from all trace of disease, passed on to the Armouries and thence overseas. This is apart from those who are coming later to take possession of the Armouries. …

Ald. Robinson moved, seconded by Ald. Treverton, that a special committee composed of the Mayor, Aldermen Robinson and Hanna be appointed with power to act to secure on as reasonable terms as possible the canning factory building for the use of the militia during the fall and winter months. The motion was unanimously adopted and the Council adjourned.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 3)

Poster for Army Huts campaign

“Give! Give! Give! To The K. of C. Army Huts Campaign.

The John Lewis Co. Ltd. Heating, Plumbing, Tinsmithing. Phone 132. 265 Front Street.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 4)

“Remembered His Pals. Somewhere in France a Hastings County soldier boy was doing his bit for God and Home and Native Land. His parents who reside near Belleville a few days ago purchased a money order for twenty dollars and some five franc notes to send to their boy over there; but a few hours later the dread news came that his name had been added to the Honor Roll of the immortals who have given their lives that freedom and righteousness shall not perish from the earth.

The twenty dollar money order and the five-franc notes had not been mailed when the message came that their boy had laid down his rifle and taken up his crown in the Better Land where the currency is character and golden deeds. The parents in the midst of their grief thought of the other boys over there and handed the money order and five-franc notes to Mr. D. V. Sinclair to be given to the Y.M.C.A. overseas fund. They considered that the money belonged to their boy and knew from his letters that no better disposition of it could be made than to provide comforts for his pals still on the firing line.

Thus through the mist of bitter tears and the shadow of sacrifice shines that great and kindly light of human sympathy—the thought for others—which makes the rugged road of life worth while travelling after all.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 5)

Poster for saving money

“Pile up the Surplus. To win this war every ounce of the strength of each of the allied nations must be put forth to meet the organized, trained and disciplined efficiency of the Central Powers—that gigantic, ruthless force which is the result of fifty years of planning and preparation.

Every cent you spend represents that much effort, because somebody must do something for you in order to earn that cent—somebody’s effort must be given to you instead of to the war.

The war can be won only by the surplus strength of the allied nations. The money each individual saves represents that surplus strength. So the truly loyal Canadian will use less, spend less, and save more, to help to win the war.

Published under the Authority of The Minister of Finance of Canada.”

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Wm. Hunter Killed. Mrs. James Hunter, residing at 180 James street, city, is in receipt of the following sad message, which refers to her son: ‘Sincerely regret to inform you 805182 Pte. William Hunter was killed in action on September 1st, 1918. Private Hunter enlisted with the 136th Battalion at Bowmanville, three years ago. He was a son of Capt. James Hunter of Belleville, and was a young man who was beloved by all who knew him. Previous to going overseas he was employed on a Government dredge.”

[Note: Private William Hunter died on September 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 433 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Wounds Proved Fatal. On Friday, the 5th inst., Mr. Richard Black, residing at 24 Hillside St., city, received a message from the Director of Methods at Ottawa that his son, Pte. William John Howard Black, was dangerously wounded on September 1st. Monday Mr. Black received the sad message that his son had died of wounds.

When the 155th Battalion was recruited in this city and vicinity Pte. Black endeavored to enlist but was unable to do so as he was but 16 years of age. Later he joined a special military unit at Lindsay being for some time a bugler of the guards at the arsenal. Later he enlisted and went overseas with the 252nd Battalion.

The day the news was received here that he was wounded was the 19th anniversary of his birth. The young man had a host of friends in this city, who will regret to learn of his demise and to the bereaved family will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens.”

[Note: Private John William Howard Black died on September 5, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 369 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Sorely Afflicted. Mrs. Wm. Woods, residing on Water street, city, is in receipt of a telegram which conveyed the sad intelligence that her husband, Pte. Wm. Woods, was killed in action on September 2nd. Pte. Woods was born in England and had been a resident of Belleville for a few years.

Previous to enlistment with the 235th Battalion in this city he was a trusted employee of the Grand Trunk Railway. He was a member of Christ Church. Mrs. Woods only a short time ago received word of the death of a brother in action. She has still six brothers in active service in the army and navy. In addition to the widow Pte. Woods leaves four children of tender years. The heartfelt sympathy of all citizens will be extended to Mrs. Woods in this her hour of sore affliction.”

[Note: Private William Woods died on September 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 526 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 7)

“Pte. Carter Killed. Mrs. F. A. Carter, residing on Roswell street, city, received the following message, which refers to her husband: ‘Deeply regret to inform you Pte. Henry Edgar Carter, infantry, officially reported killed in action on August 30th.’ Private Carter had been overseas for some time. He leaves in addition to his wife, two children, also his parents and two brothers. One of the latter is on active service in India..”

[Note: Private Henry Edgar Carter died on August 30, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 381 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 17, 1918 (page 8)

Poster for army huts campaign

“Everything Free! Everyone Welcome! In Army Huts. Help The Boys By Giving To The K. Of C. Fund.”