100 Years Ago: Victory Loan Campaign, Letter of Sympathy for William Woods’s Wife, Leo Hamilton Wounded

The Intelligencer October 7, 1918 (page 1)

“Victory Bond Local Campaign Organization Complete. The campaign which will be waged from coast to coast in Canada for the raising of $500,000,000 for Canada’s Victory Loan, 1918 will take place from October 28th to November 16th. The organization in Belleville is being rapidly completed. The various heads of committees have signified their willingness to once more undertake this very necessary work.

The following telegram was received by Mr. W. B. Deacon, who was so successful last year as county chairman, and in answer to this he has once more agreed to assume this heavy responsibility. …  ‘W. B. Deacon, …  Shall be greatly obliged if you will kindly consent to act again as chairman of Victory Loan Committee for Hastings County. The loan is of most vital national importance and I feel that your services will materially contribute to its success. W. T. Hite, Minister of Finance.’

Mr. H. W. Ackerman has also consented to act as secretary and an organization meeting will be held shortly to complete committees. …  Last year the county of Hastings subscribed over two and one-half million dollars of Victory loan and this year it is expected that the good old county will far exceed the record of last year.

No stone will be left unturned to make this, which will probably be the last call on the resources of Hastings county, the biggest and best effort of the citizens towards the winning of the war. Every citizen of the county of Hastings is expected to do his bit in assisting the organization in every way possible, as co-operation means success and without this co-operation of the citizens it will be impossible to have a complete success. Hastings County must not lag behind her sister communities in this great war effort.”

The Intelligencer October 7, 1918 (page 3)

“Brave Soldier Loved by Pals. Mrs. S. Woods, who resides at 20 Water Street, received the following letter from Chaplain J. L. McInnis, Capt. The letter is in connection with the death of her husband, Pte. Wm. Woods who made the supreme sacrifice on September 2nd:

France, Sept. 5th, 1918. Dear Mrs. Woods:—As the Chaplain of the battalion of which your husband was a brave and loved member, I beg to offer my deepest sympathy in your great loss.

The attack, in which he was one of the first to go over the top was one of the most bitterly opposed in the experience of our troops. That we won such splendid victory is due to the high courage of men like Him who feared failure and defeat more than death.

You have endured a long and trying separation. It is hard to walk through this Valley of The Shadow. May God Comfort you. May you have the companionship and sympathy of Him who loved not his own life unto death. May the twin stars of Faith and Duty guide you and yours through these coming days.

Our sacred dead are buried in a cemetery near the village of Dury. His commanding officer unites with me in paying tribute to a gallant soldier who showed splendid devotion to his duty to the end. Believe me, Yours in deepest sympathy, John L. McInnis, Capt. Chaplain O.M.F.C.”

The Intelligencer October 7, 1918 (page 5)

“Pte. Hamilton Wounded. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. T. Hamilton, residing on Albion Street, received word on Saturday from the Director of Records, at Ottawa, stating that their son, Leo, was admitted to the Fifth General Hospital, Rouen, suffering from a gunshot wound in the right foot. Leo is well known in this city and his many friends hope that the wound will not prove serious.”