Clearing Snow

The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum posted this priceless image on its Twitter feed.

A group of 18th Battalion soldiers stand in a line in the barracks square at Wolsesly Barracks in London, Ontario. The men stand in a line with shovels and have to dig the snow to clear the square. There is a small boy on the left side of the photograph, an interesting touch since the barracks was being used for training in a time of war and would normally be restricted to civilians. But a small boy, no more than eight-years old is standing on top of the pile of snow the soldiers have made.


18th Battalion soldiers clearing snow at Wolseley Barracks in London, Ontario. Circa November 1914 to April 1915. Courtesy: The Royal Canadian Regiment Museum at Wolseley Barracks. The Royal Canadian Regiment @RCRMuseum

There appears to be one officer to the left of the boy. His overcoat is a different design and cut.

This photograph would have been taken in late 1914 – early 1915 as the Battalion formed and began its initial training.

With thanks to the Royal Canadian Regiment Museum for allowing the use of this wonderful photograph.

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