Geddes of Galt Survives the Sinking of the Anglia: “…a mined hospital ship beats everything else.”

A soldiers' expectation when they were taken out of the line due to wounds or illness was to begin a journey that led to treatment. The BEF and CEF had a proscribed process that was designed to evaluate the condition of a soldier and make a determination as to the type and method of treatment, … Continue reading Geddes of Galt Survives the Sinking of the Anglia: “…a mined hospital ship beats everything else.”

Pte. Albert Newman, a British Home Child, who gave his life in the CEF

Submitted by Dawn Hueston in memory of one of our valiant soldiers... 101 years ago this soldier perished for his country. Albert Newman, by all accounts (through research) was an orphan boarded out at least by the age of two to family(s) in England. He would eventually be shipped to Canada in 1907, by Dr … Continue reading Pte. Albert Newman, a British Home Child, who gave his life in the CEF

“The day is beautiful and everything is quiet as night.”

Introduction One of the challenges of understanding the service and experiences of the men of the 18th Battalion is that experience, removed in time and distance, is sanitized by the War Diaries. The 18th Battalion war diaries are often bereft of detail and often only deal with the bare minimum of the military events that … Continue reading “The day is beautiful and everything is quiet as night.”

“…a fine job for the beginner.”: Corporal Chatten Writes

Corporal Clement William Chatten was all of  21-years-old when he enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Galt, Ontario on October 27, 1914. Though he enlisted as a private soldier, on May 2, 1915, barely a month after his unit, the 18th Battalion, arrived overseas, he was promoted corporal. This letter was written in early … Continue reading “…a fine job for the beginner.”: Corporal Chatten Writes

“WAS GOING TO TELL ABOUT THE TRENCHES”

Private Reginald Sachs was an 18th Battalion "Original" having enlisted in Galt, Ontario on October 23, 1914. This letter was printed October 29, 1915 and would describe the end of September or early October 1915 when the Battalion first entered the trenches in active duty after its training as part of the 2nd Canadian Contigent … Continue reading “WAS GOING TO TELL ABOUT THE TRENCHES”

“…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…”

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: March 1919

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION March 1, 1919 to 31 March 1919 Volume 43 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information Fosses I.35.75 1 Map for Reference: Namur 8 1/100,000 Battalion Training and Educational Classes as per Appendix 1. Attached. 5 O.R.s proceeded on leave this date. 1 O.R. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: March 1919

“…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