October 1917

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Name Obituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Bradbury, Robert William (Sgt) October 16 1917 Bradbury Service Record Bradbury Burial Record
Duncan, H. (Pte) October 10 1917

October 9 1917

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October 10 1917

Falkner, W. H. (Lieut) October 30 1917 Falkner Burial Record
Johnson, Wesley (Pte) October 1 1917 Johnson Service Record
Mann, John (Pte) October 19 1917 Mann Service Record Mann Burial Record
Scotton, Frances Edwin (Lance Corp) October 31 1917 Scotton Service Record Scotton Burial Record
Waltire, Henry (Pte) October 6 1917 Waltire Service Record Waltire Burial Record

 

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October 1, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council Minutes

Port Arthur City Council received this letter requesting further funds for the 52nd Battalion and began discussing it on June 4 and had referred it to their Finance Committee. This request was a different case as the 52nd Battalion was already overseas. Port Arthur City Council has decided to grant the 52nd Battalion $250 to be sent to a bank in London, England. The Council also wishes to “express to Lieut. Col. Evans the pride this community has felt in following their history and that we look forward to their glorious homecoming at the conclusion of the war which we hope will be at an early date.”

52nd Battalion

October 1, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

On August 13 the Port Arthur City Council received a letter from the Canadian Aviation Fund requesting the donation of one or more machines. In many cases the City Councils of Port Arthur and Fort William were asked to donate items pertaining to the war effort such as machinery. The Port Arthur City Council agreed to this and sent them the gift of aeroplanes.

 

October 9, 1917 – Fort William

Fort William City Council MinutesFort William City Council Minutes

Fort William City Council made their decision regarding the letter requesting funding from the 52nd Battalion and also granted them $250 of regiment funding. The Council of Fort William congratulated them on the “great part, that they are, and have taken in this great world wide conflict and that we hope for the return of many of the members of the regiment at the conclusion of the war.”  Between the two cities, the 52nd was granted $500 or just over $8000 in today’s dollars.

 

October 9, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

Port Arthur City Council had given the Great War Veterans Association the use of the old city hall on July 9th and agreed to grant $200 to furnish the rooms September 4th.  Here they are paying the bill for chairs and other furniture purchased from I.L. Matthews Co. of Port Arthur.  The $40 is equivalent to $652.50 in today’s dollar.   

October 9, 1917 – Port Arthur

 Port Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council Minutes

Within Report 12 of the Finance Committee from October 5, 1917 Port Arthur City Council authorized the purchase of 5% Greater Winnipeg bonds with the total amount of $25,000 and the purchase of 6% bonds with the total amount purchased of $4,075.  War bonds were an important way to fund the war effort .  Port Arthur City Council authorized purchasing $29,075 worth of bonds, $474,285.94 in today’s dollar. 

 Port Arthur City Council Minutes

In September Port Arthur City Council authorized the transfer of some funds from the 1917 Patriotic Levy to the Patriotic Fund.  Here we can see the distribution of the rest of the levy to the other patriotic charities.  The note beside the British Red Cross Appeal says “amended by Res 4788 increased to $1000”, see the entry on Oct 15th below.  The 1917 Patriotic Levy was for 1 mill tax rate and (once all taxes had been collected) raised an estimated $26,429.63, or $431,133.34 in today’s dollar, more than half of which went to the Canadian Patriotic Fund.

 

October 15, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council Minutes

Port Arthur approved the grant of $500.00 or $8,156.25 in Canadian Dollars today to the British Red Cross (above) but was asked to increase the amount that they were willing to grant them from $500 to $1000 or the equivalent to $16,312.50 today.  They agreed to the increase in funds, but declined to conduct a full fundraising campaign for the organization, deeming it “inadvisable”.

Medical Boards

October 23, 1917 – Fort William

Fort William City Council Minutes

Fort William also received a request from the British Red Cross Committee asking for $500 which they referred to their Finance Committee. 

Fort William City Council Minutes

Fort William City Council was asked if they would allow the War Veterans association to hold Sunday concerts with the profits being given to the War Veterans Association. They have not made a decision and have decided to lay it over until later.

Fort William City Council Minutes

The Fort William City Council was asked by the Women’s Canadian Club if they would allow them free use of the auditorium on October 31. This request was granted to them.

 Vocational Training

October 29, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

On August 14th, Fort William City Council granted a 10% war bonus to an employee in a Superintendent position.  It is still unclear as to exactly 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.  Here the employees of the City of Port Arthur have petitioned for a 5% war bonus.  It has been referred to the Finance Committee for further discussion.

October 29, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council Minutes

Here Port Arthur City Council gives the Red Cross Society $1000.  This was the Canadian organization, paid from the general City funds, and not the British Red Cross whom they were funding from the Patriotic Levy (October 15, above).

October 29, 1917 – Port Arthur

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

It appears the Patriotic Levy was distributed successfully.  Here, Mr. W.G. Ross, the President of the British Sailors Relief Fund is writing to thank the Port Arthur City Council for their contribution to the fund.

Conscription DraftRFC Recruitment

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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