100 Years Ago: Canadian Deaths from Spanish Influenza, Canadian Casualties, David James McGlashon Killed in Action, Letter of Sympathy for William Hunter’s Mother, Memorial Service at Salvation Army Citadel, Ad for Wrigley’s

The Intelligencer September 23, 1918 (page 1)

“Several Deaths From Spanish Influenza. Toronto. Spanish influenza has claimed five victims, who died in the Polish infantry camp at Niagara and there are 168 soldiers suffering from this disease there at present. The Canadian camp has not yet been attacked, although there are many cases of severe colds there. Quebec despatch today tells of the closing and quarantining of the college at Victoriaville, Que., on account of the influenza there. Two of the teaching staff and one student having succumbed. Nine sailors on ships in port at Quebec have died during the last few days of this disease.”

The Intelligencer September 23, 1918 (page 2)

“Many Heroes Fell. No casualty list issued since the Canadians made their great drive into the German lines below Amiens has so emphasized the price of victory as that sent over the wires Sunday night. The lists for days past have been long, but most of the names have been those of men wounded. Last night’s roll of honor was remarkable for the number of men reported killed in action. The men whose names appeared there came from every part of the Dominion, from the Maritime Provinces to the Pacific coast, not a few of them being Quebecers. Among fallen were a number whose names are in Hastings and Prince Edward County.”

The Intelligencer September 23, 1918 (page 2)

“Pte. D. J. McGlashon Killed. A few days ago Sergt. and Mrs. McGlashon of this city received a message that their son, Pte. David James McGlashon, was wounded and missing. Today they were in receipt of another message which conveyed the sad intelligence that he was killed in action on August 11th.

Pte. McGlashon enlisted and went overseas with the 155th Battalion from Belleville. Subsequently he was transferred to another unit and had been in France for some time. The brave young soldier was well known in Belleville, where he had many friends. To the bereaved parents will be extended the heartfelt sympathy of all citizens. An elder brother is at present home suffering from severe wounds received in action.”

[Note: Private David James McGlashon died on August 11, 1918. He is commemorated on Page 458 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.]

The Intelligencer September 23, 1918 (page 5)

“Sympathy of Premier. Mrs. James Hunter is in receipt of the following: ‘The Prime Minister and members of the Government of Canada send their deepest sympathy in the bereavement which you have sustained.’ This refers to her son Pte. W. Hunter, who was recently recorded among that great silent army of heroes who have made the supreme sacrifice for Canada.”

[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 23, 1918 (page 5)

“Memorial Service. A very large crowd, completely filling the auditorium of the S. A. Citadel, was present at the Memorial Service of Ptes. H. Carter and G. Thibault, who last week were killed in action. Mrs. B. W. Brown, who has charge of the Sunday School work sang and expressed the sympathy of the members of the school to which the children attended. Adjt. Trickey spoke of the words of David, ‘There is a step between me and death.’

A very impressive service was held, and a number of persons held up their hands for prayers on their behalf. There are 32 men, soldiers and adherents who have left from the S. A. in Belleville. Five have been killed, eight or ten wounded and one is now a prisoner in Germany. A special service of prayer is being held this afternoon at the Citadel on behalf of the allies.”

The Intelligencer September 23, 1918 (page 5)

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