Captain Ed Shuttleworth’s Recollections (1969)

Introduction One of the challenges about researching the men of the 18th Battalion is that the information on hand, though very valuable, in the form of their individual service records at the Library and Archives Canada gives a snap shot of that person’s war experience. This is more of a “photograph” of time. Each page … Continue reading Captain Ed Shuttleworth’s Recollections (1969)

“As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* As Christmas time approaches, do you ever think of the first Christmas Day we spend in Flanders? Two of our Companies were in the front line, the M & N trenches, while the other two companies were in reserve at Ridgewood and Veerstraat[iii] [sic] which were about … Continue reading “As Christmas time approaches…”: Memories of Christmas 1915

The Lonely Soldier: Remembering a Leave

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* Some time ago, we were watching the Television Program, “No Time for Sergeants”. The skit was about a lonesome soldier. It was funny. The lonesome soldier was no myth. He was real. It all stated the night we left London. Many of the officers and many of … Continue reading The Lonely Soldier: Remembering a Leave

“They were both fine fellows.”: “Dutch” Kress and “Butch” Cramond of Galt, Ontario

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* Do you remember Lorenzo Kress[iii] who soon became one of the best known men among those who were first stationed at Queens Park? He later became well known in the Battalion as Dutch Kress, a nickname acquired during his school days. Dutch was quite a man. Before … Continue reading “They were both fine fellows.”: “Dutch” Kress and “Butch” Cramond of Galt, Ontario

“…it is an old trick of his…”: Sifton’s Actions in a New Light?

Special thanks to Michael Ritchie, the author and caretaker of the blog, Letters From Vincent, from which this material was sources. Lieutenant Eastwood was a member of the 18th Battalion from Peterborough, Ontario and Michael is diligently transcriping the letters from his Great-Grandfather. At 5:15 a.m. on the morning of April 9, 1917 the weather … Continue reading “…it is an old trick of his…”: Sifton’s Actions in a New Light?

With All His Failings: The Story of “Jimmy” McLennan

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* Some time ago, we read of the passing of an 82 year old woman named Lahoud. We remembered her as the operator of a large rooming house at the corner of Windsor Avenue and Chatham Street during the first war. Among her roomers were Andy Galbraith, Jock … Continue reading With All His Failings: The Story of “Jimmy” McLennan