December 1917

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Name Obituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Adams, Joseph Reginald (Pte) December 3 December 3 Service Record Service Record
Bonewell, George Keith (Pte) December 7 December 6 Service Record Service Record
Davidson, Walter (Pte) December 19 Service Record Service Record
MacLean, Walter L. (Mjr) December 8 Service Record Service Record
McIlwain, James (Pte) December 8 December 10 Service Record Service Record
Moriarity, Peter Joseph (Pte) December 3
Murdock, John (Pte) December 20 December 21 Service Record Service Record
Murray, Daniel (Donald?) (Pte) December 1 December 1 Service Record Service Record
Skelhorn, A. (Archibald?) December 3 Service Record Service Record
Stapleton, William (Pte) December 5 December 3 Service Record Service Record

 

The above index contains published death notices from the Fort William Daily Times Journal (FWDTJ) and the Port Arthur Daily News (PADN), along with links to available attestation papers (through Library and Archives Canada) and Burial Records (through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) for local individuals who were killed during or as a result of the First World War. The index is updated monthly to coincide with the centennial of these events and commemorate the sacrifice of those individuals and their families. If you know of someone who should be included here, please contact us at tbpl%23ca|ww1project.

 

Victory Loan Campaign

December 3, 1917 – Port Arthur

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On November 19th Port Arthur read the letter from the City of Brantford regarding a Victory Loan where they decided to pass the resolution from Brantford on to the Finance Committee for consideration. The Finance Committee had decided that they were unable to provide support for this loan and were going to send a letter on to the Brantford City Council regarding their decision.

December 3, 1917 – Port Arthur

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On October 29th the Port Arthur City Council began discussing the idea of establishing a 5% War Bonus for employees of the city. In the report from the Finance committee they were now considering how the War Bonus will be readjusted into the employees’ salaries. The first War Bonus was created for a Superintendent of the Cleansing Department on August 14th which was a greater increase of 10%. It is not clear what a War Bonus is in Canada however it seems that it is an incentive that is added to the employees pay to keep them working for the city.

December 4, 1917 – Fort William

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Both the Fort William and Port Arthur City Councils donated money to Canadian and British funds for War Relief. In this particular case they were giving $200 to the Daughters of the Empire for the British Sailors Relief Fund.

December 4, 1917 – Fort William

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The Fort William City Treasurer had issued a cheque from the sinking funds of $15,000 towards the purchase of more Victory Bonds.

 

December 10, 1917 – Port Arthur

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On December 6th 1917 two ships collided in the Halifax Harbour leading to a massive explosion killing nearly 2,000 people and injuring up to 10,000 people. The north end of the city was mostly destroyed by the explosion. There were many Canadian cities that sent aid and sympathy to the City of Halifax. The City of Port Arthur sent $1,000, which is equivalent to $16,350 in today’s Canadian dollars, to help in the relief effort for the tragic event. They made sure that the funds were sent immediately to Halifax.

To learn more about the Halifax Explosion of 1917, we recommend the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic, the CBC, and the Canadian War Museum.

December 11, 1917 – Fort William

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A telegram was sent from the Relief Committee of Halifax to Fort William City Council to thank them for their sympathy. They also wished to state that they are greatly in need of financial assistance at this time as Halifax suffered a great loss in term of the both loss of life and injury as well as the devastation to the infrastructure of the city.

December 11, 1917 – Fort William

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The Fort William City Council agreed to send $1,500, or $24,525 today, to the Halifax Relief Society that was to be telegraphed to the Committee at once.  Within the same meeting that Halifax requested funding, Fort William was able to decide on an amount to donate and pass the By-Law, which became By-Law number 1822.

December 18, 1917 – Fort William

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The week after the decision was made to donate $1,500, the Fort William City Council received a delegation from the Rotary Club urging the City Council to increase their grant money from $1,500 to $3,500 to the Halifax Relief Fund. The City Council decided instead to add an additional $3,500 towards the Halifax Relief Fund to make the total $5,000 or $81,750 in today’s dollars.  They passed By-Law 1826 to amend By-Law 1822 and increase the amount sent to Halifax at the same meeting.

December 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur City Council received a letter from the Patriotic Find regarding the balance of their allowance be sent to them for 1917. The Patriotic Fund was eligible for a certain amount of the Patriotic tax levy which had been collected.  The treasurer is authorized to send them a cheque with their balance which was $8,500, or $135,689 in today’s dollars.

December 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

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On August 24th 1917 the Port Arhtur City Council wrote to the “proper authorities” to request that the band instruments for the 94th Battalion be returned for the use of the Port Arthur City Band as the 94th had been absorbed into other units when they arrived at the front.  The instruments had been purchased with contributions by both the Port Arthur and Fort William City Councils. Here the Port Arthur City Council hears back from Lieut. Col. Machin of the 94th, unfortunately, we do not know what was discussed in Machin’s letter, or the one written back by the City Clerk.

December 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur City Council had donated the amount of $1,000 to the Relief Committee of Halifax on December 11 [ABOVE]. The Committee sent a telegram to thank the City Council the following day, December 12.

December 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur and Fort William City Council have often received requests regarding items that the military needed here or abroad. In this case Lieutenant Wickson is requesting a telephone for the Armoury. However, the resolution lost when voted on by Council, and so the Armoury would not get their telephone.

December 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur City Council received a letter from the Over-Seas Club regarding the gifts that were sent to the men at the front.

December 28, 1917 – Port Arthur

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On December 26th 1917, the Port Arthur City Council received a letter from the president of the Women’s Auxiliary War Veterans Association requested $100 for a Christmas Festival. The request was granted for the purpose of entertaining the families of soldiers and the Council wished to see the festival be a great success.

December 28, 1917 – Port Arthur

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The Port Arthur City Council sent funds to aid in the recovery of Halifax after the explosion that took place on December 6th. The City Council granted them $1000 on December 10th [ABOVE]. The Finance Committee of the Halifax Relief Fund and the Chairman of the Relief Committee, Halifax, both sent a letter to thank them for their donation that was read on December 28th.

December 28, 1917 – Fort William

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The Fort William City Council appreciated the work that was being done by the Fort William Patriotic Society and recommended that the new Council for the year 1918 make the funds available to the Society to continue with their successful work.

 

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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.

 

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