August 1917

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Name Obituary
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Bridger, Arthur Kynaston
(Second Lieut)
August 23 1917 Bridger Service Record
Clark, David (Pte) August 13 1917 Clark Service Record Clark Burial Record
Davey, Sydney Richard (Pte) August 7 1917 August 7 1917 Davey Service Record Davey Burial Record
Grant, Lorne (Spr) August 11 1917
Grival, J. (Pte) August 25 1917 August 25 1917
Hall, John Albert (Pte) August 8 1917 Hall Service Record Hall Burial Record
Madden, George (First Officer) August 14 1917
August 15 1917
McCarthy, F. (Pte) August 21 1917 McCarthy Service Record McCarthy Burial Record
Merrix, Charles Edward (Pte) August 31 1917 August 31 1917 Merrix Service Record Merrix Burial Record
Priscott, Charles William (Pte) August 6 1917 Priscott Service Record Priscott Burial Record
Rogers, Gordon (Pte) August 13 1917
Stilton, G. M. (Pte) August 20 1917 August 20 1917
Strathy, Jeffrey McVicar (Spr) August 14 1917 Strathy Service Record Strathy Burial Record
Wright, Albert Edward (Pte) August 18 1917 August 18 1917 Wright Service Record Wright Burial Record


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 August 8: Port Arthur


Members of the Ladies Auxiliary of Organization of Resources Committee attended the Food Resources Convention in Toronto about preventing food waste.  Port Arthur City Council received a report from the delegates and passed a resolution on food economy, in this case on using grains for food purposes only and not to produce alcohol, a Canada-Wide regulation that came into effect on August 10, 1917 (for more details please see Food Control).


August 8: Port Arthur


With so many of the able-bodied men overseas or otherwise involved in the war, it created problems with getting enough labour to bring the crops in on time.  Here the Premier of Ontario, Mr. W.H. Hearst, sent a telegram suggesting that City employees be released from their duties to go and harvest the crops.

August 8: Port Arthur


If you look back to the report of the Garden Club in May, you can see that the gardening effort was going to be rewarded by Judging of the gardens.  Here the Market committee is authorized the buy lumber to build stands for an exhibition of Garden Club produce on Labour Day.


August 13: Port Arthur


Both Cities were frequently asked to contribute funds or utilities to local recruitment offices as they do not seem to have been fully supplied by the Dominion Government.  Here the No.10 Forestry and Railway Construction Depot is asking the Port Arthur City Council for $150 ($2,445.00 in today’s dollar) to assist in recruiting. 

August 13: Port Arthur


Both Cities were also asked to fund or donate equipment for the military, in this case, one or more aeroplanes.

August 14: Fort William


Mr. H.J. Paddington, Superintendent of the Cleansing Department, a position that put him in charge of the Roads division and the Scavenging (garbage) division, a position that was very important to the continued running of the City of Fort William.  Here he asks for, and receives, a 10% war bonus.  It is unclear what a “war bonus” was, but it may have been a bonus for staying with the City in an essential service when he could have left and enlisted in the war. 

August 24: Port Arthur


In December 1915 and January 1916, both cities discussed a request from the 94th Battalion to fund musical instruments for their battalion band.  By 1917, the 94th had been redistributed and absorbed into other battalions to serve as reinforcements on the Front.  It’s unclear what the agreement between the battalion and Port Arthur was, but they definitely felt they should get the instruments back.  Here they are going to communicate with the proper authorities “at once in regard to getting the instruments for the 94th returned for the use of the Port Arthur City Band.”  This leads to further questions, since the City of Fort William also paid half of the cost of the musical instruments.


Vimy Ridge ParkNo.10 F&R Battalion


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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.




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