Two photographs have striking similarities. The men are uniformed and look seriously, almost in admonishment, at the camera. Five hold swagger sticks and most of the men sport moustaches. If not for the captions on the photographs the sleeve brassards at the bottom left-hand jacket sleeve cuff would indicate what they all shared in common... Continue Reading →
McCalmont, Alexander: Service no. 880093 This soldier died of wounds on June 11. 1918. He received these wounds on June 10, 1918. Immigration Story regarding this soldier. June 1918 War Diary.
Thanks for Peter Moogk for reaching out to me we have another moment if the 18th Battalion's history captured and shared. This image shows the officers of "C" Company in September 1915 at West Sandling. To put that month in context, the Battalion left for England on the night of the 14th and had been... Continue Reading →
The Worth family has quite a history and some rare photos of one of their members brings part of his recuperation after being wounded a Vimy Ridge into a sharper focus. Walter Garlick Worth was part of a family that was industrious. His father, Dyson, was involved in the yarn industry, beginning at the ripe... Continue Reading →
A recent contribution to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group brought a candid photograph of two members of the 18th Battalion to life. The photograph is from an event circa 1940 and it is evident that it, most likely, an event related to the 18th Battalion association. The two men prominent in the photograph are Sergeant... Continue Reading →
A member of the 18th Battalion Facebook Group added photographs to the Group pertaining to Private Benjamin Woolley, reg. no. 123108. A photograph of Private Woolley with his wife, Lilly. They are recorded to have lived at 1041 Frances Street, Lodon, Ontario. He enlisted with the 70th Battalion, CEF, on September 14, 1915 at London,... Continue Reading →
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... Continue Reading →
Matt Miller, a descendant of Private A.E. Miller, who died of wounds sustained during the first day of the battle at Vimy Ridge was kind enough to furnish some photographs of Private Miller's resting place. He is buried along with other 5776 other casualties of war. 459 of those dead are Canadians and of those... Continue Reading →
The smile seems more intimate than a smile a young officer would give a stranger. It is a smile of familiarity and pride as the Officer marches past. The young boys stand with apparent casual regard for the men of the 99th Overseas Battalion marching past. The Sergeant to the officer’s left looks askance with... Continue Reading →
In a post entitled "The narrow escapes that some fellows have are nothing short of marvellous": A Letter from the Front the, then, Private Caldwell relates in some detail a battle between the 18th Battalion, C.E.F. and it opposite German numbers: "Our last term in the front line was rather exciting. Our bomb throwers had been... Continue Reading →
A series of four news articles from the St. Thomas Times-Journal illuminates the career of John A. Wallace who was an original member of the 18th Battalion[i]. The articles span from November 1914 to October 1915 and offer insights into the life of Wallace, and by extension, the other non-commissioned men of the Battalion. The... Continue Reading →
A wonderful and treasured set of photographs of Charles Wesley Boyd have been contributed to the 18th Battalion Facebook Group and they help tell this soldier’s story. Biography Charles Wesley Boyd was born on October 11, 1896 in Campbellford, Ontario. Campbellford is located on the Trent-Severn Waterway 28 kilometers north of Trenton, Ontario. His parents... Continue Reading →
This is a beautiful book. Rich, well composed photography and with a minimum of commentary (which allows one to appreciate the photographs) make the book World War 1: A Monumental History by Robert Konduros and Richard Parrish (the Monument Men of the blog title) a necessary inclusion into anyone who has an interest or passion... Continue Reading →
Stark reminders of the horror of war. Photographs from Lt.William Ivor Castle, Canadian Official Photographer.
The author of this site contacted me looking for assistance in research he is doing: "I live close to West Sandling Camp and have been carrying out research on the practice trenches dug by C.E.F. I have recently found the trenches and their location, although now filled in for one hundred years. I consider them... Continue Reading →
Up until today Private Archibald Charles Ambrous, reg. no. 53994 existed visually as a series of official documents and several web pages outlining his attestation information and death from wound received in combat August 12, 1918. A member of the 18th Battalion CEF group was good enough to join the group so he could share... Continue Reading →
The 153rd (Wellington) Battalion C.E.F. web site came in handy recently. During a search for a solder, Private Forbes Dilworth, reg. no. 50413, the web site for the Wellington County Museum and Archives web site came up with two pages of soldiers pictures from the "PART I (A-L): Elora and District Servicemen, 1914-1918." Manually going... Continue Reading →
The Bluff was a sector of the battle space in which the 18th Battalion was involved. Below are some images of the Bluff(s) and this excellent PDF file from the CWGC outlines, in brief, the history of the conflict in the area and the establishment of war graves.
The case of Private John Henry Burr, with a little help from the book "Kiss the kids for dad. Don't forget to write.: The Wartime Diaries of George Timmins, 1916 - 18" combined with the digitize x-rays a more personal and relevant historical picture of this 18th Battalion soldier's experience comes to light. Private John... Continue Reading →