Montreal Gazette, 2 July 1917, page 1
Confederation commemorated in Motherland
Special Jubilee Services Yesterday in Three of London’s most Representative Churches
Were Largely attended
Official Celebration Today includes service in Westminster Abbey at Noon and Public Reception in Afternoon
Special Cable from the Gazette’s Resident Staff Correspondent
London, July 1 – The Dominion Day celebrations are being spread over three days here, as various sporting, sacred and social events are taking place over the week-end, though the official celebration is fixed for Monday. Today in three representative London churches, special services of commemoration and thanksgiving were held, namely in St Columbia’s Church of Scotland, Belgravia, the Marylebone Parish Church and the Westminster Catholic Cathedral.
At St Columba’s, Lt-Col Beattie of the chaplain’s staff, London, was the preacher, and delivered a sermon dealing with the struggle of the Dominion towards prosperity, in which he singled out as powerful factors in the growth the heritage of high principle and loyalty to the throne, and religious faith.
At the Duchess of Connaught Hospital at Cliveden a large attendance from town gathered, including among others was General Sir RW Turner.
The visitors witnessed an excellent programme of sports on Saturday. Men in all stages of convalescence were ranged under the trees in beds and chairs or on crutches. The baseball game between the Astorias and the Epsom Canadians resulted in a victory for the former by a score of eleven to two. The trophies of the day were distributed by Lady Perley.
Tomorrow the Canadian troops will have a general holiday, the fixtures including a commemoration service at noon at Westminster Abbey, a public reception arranged by the Royal Colonial Institute in the afternoon, and also sports in the various camps of the Canadian troops.
Rev Major Smyth of Montreal, who is on chaplain duty in London, has left for a visit of the British front on the invitation of the Imperial Government.