100 Years Ago: Harry Rath of Tweed Doing Well, Patriotic Speech Given at Griffin’s Theatre, Preparation for Soldiers in Belleville, Sailors’ Fund Near $2,000 Mark, Leroy Buck Killed in Action, Ezra H. Sarles Dies of Wounds, Army Huts Campaign

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Enjoys the Game. Flight Lieut. Harry Rath of Tweed, is having some real exciting experience in Hun chasing at the front and characteristic of his manner when in training in this country he evidently enjoys the game. On August 9th he was chasing a Hun machine when of a sudden two other Hun planes made for him and naturally there were some doings. He succeeded in bringing down one of the three and then did some strategical movements far back of the line which he reached in safety but not without his plane being perforated with many bullets. On August 14th he got another Hun and on the 17th still another which goes to show that ‘Harry’ is doing his share in maintaining the good name of Canada in this conflict. He reports feeling fine and speaks highly of the treatment of the troops.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Play Up! Pay Up! During the intermission between the first and second acts of ‘The Garden of Allah’ last evening at Griffin’s Theatre, Mr. F. E. O’Flynn gave a brief talk along patriotic lines, drawing attention to the necessity for keeping war effort up to the high water mark and permitting no slackening of interest in the welfare of our soldier boys overseas.

Mr. O’Flynn asked for a generous response to the request for funds for the Knights of Columbus soldiers’ comfort huts in the war zone and also pointed out various departments of war effort which should always be kept in mind, including the Red Cross penny bags, and Christmas parcels for soldiers. Incidentally he paid a deserved tribute to the Canadian post office service stating that since the war began he had been sending parcels weekly to soldiers in the war zone and every parcel had reached its destination in good time and in good condition.

The present call is for support for those rest and refreshment huts so appreciated by the soldiers, and the public can not be too generous in this regard. Mr. O’Flynn read a letter recently received by him from a Belleville soldier on the firing line which well illustrated the magnificent spirit of Canada’s fighting men, so worthy of the pride of the folks at home. He also read a poem aptly describing the warm welcome of a parcel of comforts and eats from home in the trenches and the sudden and great popularity of the recipient.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Preparing for the Soldiers. Ten members of the Royal Canadian Engineers stationed at Brockville, arrived in this city last evening in command of Capt. Palmer. To-day they are busily engaged in preparing the Armouries for the soldiers who will arrive here from Kingston the latter part of the week. The old school buildings on Catherine and Pinnacle streets will also be put in condition to be used for military stores.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

“Near the $2,000 Mark. Belleville’s contribution to the fund to protect the widows and orphans of Canada’s sailors from want now bids fair to cross the desired two-thousand dollar mark (minus a civic grant). Another substantial donation has been received in a check for fifty dollars from Mr. H. W. Ackerman; bringing that gentleman’s total contribution to the Sailors Fund to one hundred dollars.

Subscribers who have not sent in their contributions as yet should hand them in at once to Mr. Alexander Ray the local representative of the Ontario Navy League, as it is desirable that the fund be closed as soon as possible.”

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

Leroy Buck

“Sleeps in Flanders Field. Within the past few days a number of homes in this city have been saddened by messages from the Director of Records at Ottawa, conveying the intelligence that loved ones had made the supreme sacrifice, somewhere in France. Yesterday afternoon Mrs. Annie Buck, residing at 18 Everett street, was in receipt of one of these sad messages, notifying her that her son, Private Leroy Buck, was killed in action on September 3rd.

Roy, as he was familiarly called, was a young man, scarcely 20 years of age. Some time before he enlisted with the 155th Battalion in this city, he endeavored to join a unit for overseas service, but was rejected owing to his youth. He became a member of the bugle band of the 155th Battalion, and went overseas with the battalion. He had been in France for some time and had been mentioned for bravery displayed. Pte. Buck was a young man of fine character and manly ways, and beloved by all who knew him. His demise will be sincerely regretted by many friends. He attended Queen Mary’s School and was identified with the Baptist church. An elder brother, Pte. Howard Buck, is in France.”

[Note: Private Leroy Maitland Buck died on September 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 376 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 7)

“E. H. Searles Killed. Mr. and Mrs. M. Searles of Frankford, have received word that their eldest son, Ezra H., died of wounds in the shoulder on Sept. 2nd. He enlisted at St. Catharines with the 176th Battalion (Niagara Rangers). Besides his parents he leaves two brothers, Roy, formerly Principal of Bancroft Public School, who was wounded on August 31st, and Frank, who recently went overseas with the Canadian Engineers.”

[Note: Private Ezra Halden Sarles died on September 2, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 496 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 18, 1918 (page 8)

“K. Of C. Subscriptions Still Coming in Strong. The Campaign Committee for the K. of C. Army Hut Fund was able to report last night that over $2,000 having already been subscribed from the district for this most worthy cause. The actual canvass of the city began yesterday afternoon, and will continue to-day, tomorrow and Friday. $3,000 is still needed to attain the objective set. No doubt this objective will be reached, and it is hoped that it will be far surpassed. …

The K. of C. Army Hut is going to supply some small degree of comfort for those boys out there that they would never know if it were not for these voluntary funds at home, and the women, who are doing this work and who occupy the home trenches. …  Therefore let the citizens of Belleville get together for the balance of this week, and by talk, by action and even by thought boost for the success of the K. of C. Army Hut Fund and put Belleville where it belongs, in the front rank of the generous towns and cities of Canada.”