Carleton Place Herald – October 27, 1914




Carleton Place Herald – October 20, 1914 -Training Begins at Salisbury Plains







Carleton Place Herald – October 13, 1914 – Troops Land At Southampton





Carleton Place Herald – October 6, 1914 – Troops Leave Valcartier




Carleton Place Herald – September 29, 1914 – Captain Hooper & Valcartier






Valcartier : First Contingent Ready To Go

Carleton Place Herald, September 22, 1914





News – September 15, 1914

Carleton Place Herald

September 15, 1914


On September 15th trenches were first dug on the Western Front

The retirement of the German army virtually all along the line in France continues, according to French official reports, and advices from Switzerland describe the profound impression the news of the German retreat has created along the Swiss-German frontier and in various parts of Germany.

The Belgians have taken the offensive and are reported to have cut the German line of communication, forcing them to use the line through the Meuse Valley and Luxemberg.

Saskatchewan’s offer of 1,500 horses to the Imperial Government has been accepted.

Hon. Duncan Marshall, Minister of Agriculture for Alberta, speaking at the Exhibition, urged that Canada’s greatest war duty was to grow crops and raise food.

A combination automobile and motorboat that will run equally well on smooth roads or rough ground or in deep or shallow water has been invented by a New York man.

Twenty-one train loads of booty collected on the Marne battlefield have been brought into Vincennes since Sunday morning, says a Reuter despatch from Paris.  The spoils of war include eleven guns, seven motor wagons filled with ammunition, four mitrailleuses, three aeroplanes, two large flat cars piled with helmets, rifles, swords and cartridges, besides gun carriages and wagons of different kinds.  It is estimated that since the beginning of last week about thirty guns, thirty mitrailleuses and forty wagons have been captured from the Germans, in addition to a considerable quantity of ammunition.





War News – Carleton Place Herald, September 8 & 10, 1914

C.P.R. Men to Give $100,000

A donation of $100,00 will probably be made to the Canadian patriotic fund by employees of the Canadian Pacific Railway.  Mr. H. B. Ames, M.P., who is secretary of the fund, stated a day or two ago, that it was understood arrangements were under way by which the railway men would relinquish a day’s pay and thus contribute the $100,000.

The Postmaster-general has issued instructions to the different postmasters and inspectors throughout the country for the resumption of money order business between Canada and Great Britain, on a modified basis.

Instead of lumbermen in Ottawa and district sending from 30,000 to 35,000 men to the camps this year as they intended before the war broke out, not more than 15,000 will be employed, so it is learned from a reliable source.

Families of Soldiers To Be Provided For:

The government has approved of a separation allowance of $20 a month being paid to wives and families of married men serving with the Canadian expeditionary force.  This will be paid direct to the wives and families by the paymaster general’s office, Dejpt. Of Militia and Defence, Ottawa.  Rolls of the married men are now being prepared at Valcartier, and as soon as they are received at Ottawa, the work of issuing checks will begin.  This allowance will also be paid to the wives and families of those left at Valcartier after the contingent sails.  The government reserves the right, however, of withholding this allowance from any who are in receipt of pay from two sources.

Volunteer Army:

Of all the armies engaged in the present war only the British is a volunteer army.  Not a soldier from Great Britain will be engaged with the army or navy who is not in the service by his own choice.  Not one from the British self governing Dominions will be at the front who has not offered himself for this particular service.

Enlistment is Urged:

London, Sept. 5 – In the historic Guildhall of London, Premier Asquith yesterday started the crusade to stimulate enlistment under the British flag, which he intends to push throughout the country.   He is calling upon every able-bodied Briton of military age to come to the help of his country in the hour of need.

The Premier opened his address with the hearteing announcement that up to to-day between 250,000 and 300,00 recruits had responded to the call of Lord Kitchener, the Secretary of War.

London, September 5:

Taking advantage of the checking of the German force’s right wing, obliging it to retire on St. Quentin, the French are furiously completing, with hundreds of thousands of workmen, the new mammoth entrenchments about the French capital.

There is general rejoicing in Paris, in spite of the nervous apprehension felt over the approach of the Teutons, because in the battle at Verdun, in which the Germans were defeated, it was reported that the Kaiser himself and the Crown Prince directed the attack in person.  This battle is described in dispatches from Berlin as the greatest in the history of France, in that 750,000 men were engaged.

Summary of War News:

The Russian army operating in Galicia is reported still to be driving back the Austrians.

The German losses so far in the war exceed a quarter of a million.

The latest casualty list issued by the British War Office comprises 4,796 men.  The two previous lists accounted for 10,355 killed, wounded and missing, making a total of 15,151.  It is explained that a number of the missing will rejoin their corps, having become separated therefrom during the fighting.

After desperate fighting the Austrians suffered terrible losses at the hands of the Russians.

The Canadian cruiser Niobe has been put into commission, and is now under the orders of the British admiralty.  The Niobe is expected to play an important part in patrolling the Atlantic ocean.

Summary of News:

An aerial battle was fought over Paris between French and German aeroplanists.

The French Government has been temporarily transferred from Paris to Bordeaux.

The Minister of Militia has been offered a motorcycle corps by a number of Montrealers.

The flour bags containing Canada’s gift to the motherland will probably be sold as souvenirs at $1 each, the money to go to the Belgians in recognition of their heroism.

The Provincial Government is understood to be planning good roads work in co-operation with municipalities with a view to grappling with the unemployment problem.

Twenty-five thousand Indians in Canada from the Gulf of St. Lawrence to British Columbia are in peril of starvation through closing of the fur markets owing to the war.

A hundred thousand dollars has been placed by the Dominion Government wit the Acting High Commissioner in London for the relief and assistance of Canadians abroad.

There are 75,000 Russian reservists in Canada.  They have not yet been called home, but they are applying in great numbers to be sent there.  If they are ordered to go they will proceed by way of the Canadian Pacific to Vladivostok.

The purchasing agents of the Grand Trunk and Grand Trunk Pacific railways have been ordered to buy everything required by these lines in Canada and Great Britain wherever possible.  For some years past German firms have been selling the companies large orders of steel goods and other railway supplies, and all orders outstanding have been cancelled.









War News – Carleton Place Herald, September 1, 1914



Germans Make Little Attempt to Stem Russian Advance

It is officially stated in St. Petersburg that an attack on the German capital is anticipated in three weeks – Russia has now four armies of two million men each – Will isolate Forts.

London, Aug. 28 – The Rome Tribuna’s correspondent at St. Petersburg says that the Russians are now operating in western Prussia, and are marching on Danzig in immense numbers.  The population is in flight.  It is stated that there is a panic in Berlin.



British Dead After Sea Fight Number Only 29

London, Aug. 31 – An official statement issued last night says that of 1,200 men composing the crews of the five German warships sunk off Heligoland only 330 were saved.

Twenty-nine killed and thirty eight wounded was the price in men paid by the British for the success.




British Forces Have Not Been Molested Since Thursday

Losses in four days fighting last week amounted to between 5,000 and 6,000, but gaps have been filled twice over and men refitted – Positions were fiercely contested.

London, Aug. 31 – After four days of desperate fighting, the British army in France, is rested, refitted and reinforced for the next great battle, according to an announcement yesterday by Lord Kitchener, Secretary of State for War.



Women’s Institute To Help in War Effort

Carleton Place Herald

September 1, 1914


“From – Ontario Dept. of Agriculture, Toronto, Aug. 22, 1914:

Editor Herald.

Dear Sir : – A number of the Women’s Institutes in the Province responded most liberally to the appeal for funds to supply a hospital ship to the Imperial Navy.  Many others are prepared to give money donations and to supply articles of clothing, etc., to the soldiers.  In view of the fact that many inquiries have been made of the Department, have circulated the Institutes giving them authority to send such proportion of the funds on hand as they can spare to the Red Cross Society.  They have also been asked to do their part in collecting funds and supplying the articles listed below…..

Abbreviated List of Requirements: -

3000 Pillows, and slips for the same.

3000 to 4000 Flannel Shirts – Sizes – 15 to 17 ½ made of medium weight, grey or khaki color.

10,000 to 12,000 Handkerchiefs….made of cheese cloth.

2,000 to 3,000 Cholera Belts, to be made of ordinary yarn, either red or grey, two inches of each end to be knitted with steel needles, and centre eight inches to be knitted with bone needles.

Cholera Belt definition :

The cholera belt was an article of clothing commonly worn as a preventative measure by British soldiers serving in India, where cholera was endemic. Basically a waistband or cummerbund made of flannel or silk, the belt was supposed to keep away the cold and damp, the theory being that a chilled abdomen would lead to cholera, dysentery, diarrhea, and other gastrointestinal ailments. Doctors realized fairly early on that cholera had little to do with cold and damp and was in fact caused by fecal bacteria in drinking water. But military inertia being what it was, use of the belt persisted until after World War II.

6,000 to 7,000 Pairs of Socks – Grey preferred.

5,000 Housewives or Mending Kits – containing safety pins, sewing and darning needles, small straight scissors, buttons (ordinary shirt and bachelor), black and white linen thread, small package of court plaster, and foot ease powder, if possible.  Sew tape on end for ties.

Money donations as well as supplies should be addressed to the Tresurer of the Red Cross Society, 56 King St. East, Toronto.”


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