Source: Related to another soldier’s research.
DAY OF CELEBRATION FOR THE 18TH BATTALION; CITIZENS ARE INVITED.
Program Which Is Being Prepared Will Be One Which Will Be a Credit To the People of London and To the Military-A Red Letter Day In the History of the City
THE ARRIVAL OF THE 18th.
“So far as we have information on the progress being made by special troop trains Nos. 1460 and 1461, on which the 18th Battalion is coming to London, there is little doubt that the first train will pull into the G.T.R. depot here between 1 and 2 o’clock to-morrow afternoon,” said Lieut.-Col. Nelson, O.C. No. 1 D.D. [Military District – M.D.], and chairman of the Eighteenth Association, in reply to an inquiry by the Free Press to-day.
AT MONCTON LAST NIGHT.
Special to The Free Press by Our Man on the Military Train.
ON TROOP TRAIN EN ROUTE TO LONDO. May 22 – It is now just past 9 and we have left Moncton behind. Major McIntosh, charge of the men, ordered a march around the town in appreciation of the rousing reception given by the citizens of Moncton.
The men, after their long ride, were glad for the opportunity and, led by the city band, paraded the principal streets.
The ladies’ refreshment committee supplied the boys with refreshments and magazines.
Here’s hoping that Canada’s National Railway continues to speed the fighting 18th westward!
ARRIVAL IN LONDON
A thousand times already I have been asked what time we would reach good old London. I have assured all that, regardless of the time we arrive, London will be waiting.
These are big men. Their spirits are rising. They have made records of which they might be well proud. But is it not the custom for men who have done heroic things to explain how those things were done.
Records made by Capt. C.H. Bouldon [Boulden], padre of the 18th, assure me that there is absolutely no truth in the recent report that the Canadians, while in Germany, had married German girls.
The padre is most popular with all ranks of the unit and takes a deep interest in the ports and welfare of the men, and has, since the armistice, been engaged in the work of the Khaki University. About 100 men of the 18th were attending these classes.
Source: London Free Press. Circa May 1919. Via the 18th Battalion Facebook Group contributed by Operation Picture Me.
Served in the 18th Battalion from December 12, 1918 until its return to Canada in the Spring of 1919. Became Headmaster of Trinity College School, Port Hope, Ontario after World War 1 until 1932.