April 1917

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Name Obituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Blanchette, Paul (Pte)

April 26 1917

April 27 1917

Blanchette Service Record Blanchette Burial Record
Bushey, John (Pte) April 23 1917 April 23 1917 Bushey Service Record Bushey Burial Record
Carroll, Reginald L. A. (Pte) April 23 1917 Carroll Service Record Carroll Burial Record
Coo, William Victor April 24 1917 Coo Service Record Coo Burial Record
Crawford, J. T. (Pte) April 14 1917
Dunnill, James (Pte) April 14 1917 April 14 1917 Dunnill Service Record Dunnill Burial Record
Eady, Allen Humphrey April 2 1917 Eady Service Record Eady Burial Record
Godchere, Thomas (Cpl) April 28 1917

April 27 1917

Godchere Service Record Godchere Burial Record

Guild, W. F. (Staff Capt)

 April 12 1917

Guild Service Record Guild Burial Record
Hadden, Robert (Pte) April 26 1917

April 26 1917

April 27 1917

Hadden Service Record Hadden Burial Record
Hilliard, C. E. L. (Pte) April 10 1917 Hilliard Service Record Hilliard Burial Record
Lonsdale, Fred (Pte) April 16 1917 Lonsdale Service Record Lonsdale Burial Record
MacArthur, James M. (Lieut) April 18 1917 April 21 1917 MacArthur Service Record MacArthur Burial Record
McDines, William (Pte) April 12 1917 McDines Service Record McDines Burial Record
McGrath, John "Jack" (Pte) April 12 1917 April 9 1917 McGrath Service Record McGrath Burial Record
Morris, G. April 24 1917 Morris Service Record Morris Burial Record
Ramsay, Lisle Craddock (Lieut) April 18 1917 Ramsay Service Record Ramsay Burial Record
Servais, Albert (Pte) April 23 1917 April 23 1917 Servais Service Record Servais Burial Record
Whitehead, H. S. "Bert" (Pte) April 20 1917

 

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Vimy Ridge 

April 2: Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur City Council has been asked to provide free light and telephone to military establishments ever since Gressley Park was established as a training area in the summer of 1915.  In March 26, 1917 they started to try to establish guidelines regarding which level of government was responsible for paying for things when they declared that the federal government would be solely responsible for returning soldiers.  Here they are again asked for free light and telephone at a Recruiting Office, which they again grant, but they also write to the Minister of Militia and Defence to find out what items the Battalion is expected to pay for. 

April 10: Fort William

Fort William City Council Minutes 

Fort William City Council receives a letter from the Manager of the Port Arthur Collection Bureau, R.J. Williamson, stating that a property belonging to a soldier currently overseas, had been sold because he had fallen behind on his property taxes.  Williamson suggests that the City protect Private D.H. McCartney’s interests.  The Council votes to redeem the property and let the taxes be collected at some future date.  They rescind this motion April 24th, see below.

April 11: Port Arthur

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Port Arthur City council again fulfills a request for free light and phone to a Recruiting Office, this time to the No. 1 Independent Forestry Battalion.

April 11: Port Arthur

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The Officers of the 141st Battalion write a letter and send a deputation to Port Arthur City Council to ask them to cover the deficits in their expenses.  The City agrees because they had not yet given any money to the Battalion to aid in their recruiting effort and that the money would enable them to continue this recruiting effort so that they have a full complement to go overseas.  They grant them $1242.83 to cover their expenses, which is worth $21,783.11 in 2017 Canadian dollars. 

 96th RegimentRoyal Naval

 

April 23: Port Arthur

 Port Arthur City Council Minutes              

Lieutenant Colonel McKenzie of the 141st Battalion writes to Port Arthur City Council thanking them for the grant approved on April 11th.

April 23: Port Arthur

 Port Arthur City Council Minutes

Two letters are filed regarding grants to the Patriotic fund, from area communities Silver Mountain and O’Connor Township.  On March 26 we saw that other area communities had begun contributing to the fund when Shuniah contributed.

April 23: Port Arthur

 Port Arthur City Council Minutes

Report No. 5 of the Market Committee

 Port Arthur City Council Minutes

In February and March we saw that plans were being put in place to encourage growing vegetable gardens.  Here we see that all City of Port Arthur owned vacant lots were to be reserved for the use of City residents for gardens.  Since most of these lots had never been gardened before, the City’s Market Committee was tasked with organizing plowing of the lots, and lots that were privately owned.  Citizens could have this privilege for the cost of $1.00.  The Market Committee also proposed posting plans for the best arrangement of a garden in the Market, the Clerk’s Office, and the Office of the District Agricultural Representative, and that a list of the best vegetables to grow in the area and their costs be given to each person who applied for a vacant lot.  The Market Committee was going to post this information in the local newspaper, as well as the plea for more vacant lots and urging citizens to apply for a lot to garden. 

April 24: Fort William

Fort William City Council Minutes 

On April 10th (see above) Fort William City Council voted to protect the property of a soldier serving overseas from tax sale.  Now they have rescinded that offer and have tasked the Finance Committee to write a report “on the question of protecting properties belonging to soldiers fighting at the front.”

April 24: Fort William

 Fort William City Council Minutes

Mr. C. W. Jarvis, President of the Soldiers Aid Commission, makes a presentation to Fort William City Council asking for a donation for the upkeep of a club room in the city where returned soldiers could “gather for mutual benefit”.  He asks for the donation in the form of “furnishing” a room or paying for clerical assistance.  The City decides to provide up to $1,000 to pay for a secretary (over $17,000 in 2017 dollars). 

April 30: Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council Minutes 

The Port Arthur City Council receives a letter back from the Department of Militia & Defence regarding their letter from April 2 about all of the requests they get for light and telephone for Recruiting Offices.  The letter is filed for review by the relevant City departments and committees.

 

Soldiers' Letters

The Fort William Daily Times Journal and the Port Arthur Daily News respectfully solicited letters from soldiers at the front - or extracts therefrom - during the First World War. Any reader who had a letter from a relative or friend with the British, French or Russian forces was invited to submit said letter for publication to the community.

 

141st BattalionRecruitment 

 

 

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