100 Years Ago: Mail Christmas Parcels Early, Theophilus George Hammett Wounded, Churches Asked to Conserve Coal, Ad for Columbia Phonographs, Y.M.C.A. Luncheon for Soldiers, Wilfred Harold Dafoe Dies of Pneumonia, William Chisolm Jack Awarded Military Medal, Soldiers Arrive in Belleville

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 1)

“Mail Christmas Parcels Early. Ottawa. The Postmaster-General states that Christmas parcels for the Canadian expeditionary forces in France should be mailed in time to be dispatched from Canadian ports not later than the middle of November. Transportation is congested during the Christmas season and those who are sending parcels to their friends in the trenches are urged to post them early if they wish to have them delivered by Christmas.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 1)

“Sig. Hammett Wounded. Mrs. J. Hammett, 81 St. Charles street, city, has been officially notified that Sig. Theophilus George Hammett, artillery, was admitted to the Second Western General Hospital at Manchester, on Sept. 30th, with gunshot wound in the back. Sig. Hammett went overseas with the 33rd battery and has been wounded three times. Before enlisting he was employed as brakeman on the G. T. R.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 3)

“Churches Asked To Conserve Coal. Toronto. The churches of the province are to be asked to co-operate in conserving the available coal supplies. The new Fuel Controller R. Home Smith, has already laid before representative clergymen of all denominations a suggestion that church services be curtailed or combined in a way that will effect a saving of fifty to sixty per cent in the consumption of coal.

The controller believes that two or three churches can arrange to hold their services in the one building, and that where union services are not favored the congregations can meet at different hours in the one building. So far the response from the churches has been uniformly encouraging, the clergymen having shown a ready appreciation of the need for unusual measures.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 6)

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The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 7)

“Entertained Soldiers. Upon the arrival here last evening of the advance party of the soldiers from Kingston, the officers and men were invited to the Y. M. C. A. building where a luncheon was provided, which was much appreciated. The officers and men were loud in their praise of the hospitality thus extended to them.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 7)

“Answered Last Roll Call. Sapper Wilfred Harold Dafoe, son of Mr. W. C. Dafoe, residing on College Hill, passed away on Tuesday night at the General Hospital, Montreal. Deceased was only 21 years of age. Some months ago he enlisted for overseas service, and was in training at St. John’s, Quebec, and was one of the many who was selected for the Canadian contingent to Siberia.

A few days ago he was taken ill and was removed to Montreal, where he died as the result of an attack of pneumonia. Sapper Dafoe was born here and had lived here all his life. The body was brought to the city to-day and taken to the home of his parents.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 7)

“Awarded Military Medal. Word has been received by Mrs. W. C. Jack of 70 Alexander Street, that her husband, Sergt.-Major W. C. Jack, has been awarded the Military Medal for bravery at the Battle of Amiens, August 8th. Sergt.-Major Jack went overseas with the 39th Battalion from Belleville.”

The Intelligencer October 3, 1918 (page 8)

“Soldiers Arrive. At 8.30 last night the advance party of the battalion which will be quartered in this city during the coming winter arrived here by C. N. R. and marched to the Armouries where sleeping quarters were provided for the men. They are a fine body of men and soldierly in appearance. This morning the office quarters in the City Hall were being arranged for the offices and staff.

The officers in charge of the depot battalion at present are as follows: Col. R. W. Smart, commanding officer; Lieut. L. Baker, Assistant-Adjutant; Capt. Purdy, Quarter-Master; Capt. Lancaster, Lieut. Wood. The above officers came with the detachment last evening. This afternoon at 3.30 the remainder of the battalion arrived here with the exception of a party of 25 men who were left behind to clean up camp.”