Mute But Not Retarded: The Case of Private Russell

With special thanks to Kristen Den Hartog who made me aware of this soldier. She is currently researching this soldier. Please reach out to her if you can assist her. The impact of physical and psychological injuries to the soldiers that served with the 18th Battalion will never be fully understood. These injuries were, however, … Continue reading Mute But Not Retarded: The Case of Private Russell

“…a pretty near squeak…”

This is the last of a 4-part series of the analysis of articles relating to Private Frederick Hodson, who served with the 18th Battalion. Special thanks to Annette Fulford (@avidgenie) Lizbet Tobin, and Sharon Munro for assistance with this article. Private Frederick Hodson, M.M. of the 18th Battalion. Hodson is well established in England, as his … Continue reading “…a pretty near squeak…”

“…speechless when his name was called out…”: Hodson Earns the Military Medal

This is the second of a 4-part series of the analysis of articles relating to Private Frederick Hodson, who served with the 18th Battalion. In the first part of this series Private Hodson gave an extensive interview that portrayed a soldier’s life while serving with the 18th Battalion from its inception but the interview focused … Continue reading “…speechless when his name was called out…”: Hodson Earns the Military Medal

Faceless No More: Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund

Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund was from Kingston and perished on the first day of the attack by the Canadian Expeditionary Force during its involvement at the Somme on September 15, 1916. But for the work of like-minded people dedicated to bringing his memory to life, he would be all but forgotten.[i] Lieutenant Maund was … Continue reading Faceless No More: Lieutenant Frederick Charles Garland Maund

The Fate of Major Ashplant Former Member of the 18th Battalion

LEFT HERE WITH 33rd BATTALION “D” COMPANY IN 1915. Six Canadian Army officers stand on the deck of the S.S. Lapland. They are of Company “D” of the 33rd Battalion and they are off to war. The men are representative of the officer class of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Solid middle-class backgrounds with either a … Continue reading The Fate of Major Ashplant Former Member of the 18th Battalion

One-Thousand Four-Hundred and Seventy Days

Walter Perry, of Highland Creek, Ontario, decided to join the Canadian Army. His previous military experience consisting of serving three-and-a-half years as a Bugler. He joined the 81st Battalion in Toronto, Ontario on September 18th, 1915 and was assigned the regimental number 157659. From this point in time he served and trained in Canada until … Continue reading One-Thousand Four-Hundred and Seventy Days