This blog has touched on the role that British Home Children had in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, and specifically the 18th Battalion. It is estimated that up to 10 percent of all Canadians can trace an ancestral connection with a British Home Child. One of the pleasures of hosting a Facebook Page for the 18th … Continue reading British Home Children Support Available
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 Site of Interest: Saltwood Compendium, Odds, Queries and Curiosities
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 153rd Battalion Internet Resource and More Pictures of Soldiers Found
I did not know Sue Light. In fact, if it were not for Sue Light I would not know about Sue Light. On August 3, 2014 I wrote a blog post entitled Missing, believed drowned... about two 18th Battalion soldiers who were lost at sea due to the sinking by a German nautical mine. Part … Continue reading Sue Light: Gone Before Her Time
During a search for information on a soldier entered into the blog I happened upon a site entitled Highlands East's Veterans of the Great War. As the site relates: 2014 marks the 100th anniversary of the start of World War I. In the County of Haliburton, where Col. Sam Hughes was our Member of Parliament … Continue reading Highlands East’s Veterans of the Great War Web Site
During my research regarding Lieutenant Colonel Charles Sydney Woodrow my Google search happened about a book titled "The Apathetic and Defiant: Case Studied of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919." edited by Craig L. Mantle. My interest in the 18th Battalion was not related to the passage involving Lt.-Col. Woodrow but there was a wonderful paragraph … Continue reading Book: The Apathetic and Defiant: Case Studied of Canadian Mutiny and Disobedience, 1812-1919.
On researching Private Maurice Arthur Searle his involvement as a Mason helped land some quality biographical information. Often when researching the soldiers of the 18th Battalion they are lost to history. Sometimes this is not the case. This is one of those times. Private Searle survived the war and became involved in Freemasonry. He became … Continue reading Being a Mason Brings Biographical Pay Dirt
Doing research on Lieutenant Colonel William Frederick Richard Hart-McHarg I happened on this site. Matt Barrett is a historian, animator and caricaturist who also maintains a blog specializing in the colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The site is well laid out and organized with a lot of content. Each colonel has a short biography … Continue reading Blog of Note: PATRIOTS, CROOKS AND SAFETY-FIRSTERS: Colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
The 160th Battalion had a newspaper overseas called "Bruce in Khaki" and it was published from October 1917 to January 1918. The 7 editions are a fascinating insight into a Canadian soldiers' life overseas and contained topical articles relating to the Battalion. The main source page that contains the editions is here.
Attached below is an Excel spreadsheet of the database used to keep a record of the soldiers of the 18th Battalion that have been found so far. I have stripped any unnecessary columns off so that the raw data is available. I will make updates. Please feel free to use this file in your research. … Continue reading Database File