Sergeant Austin’s Accident: The Tale of Two Emerging Modern Weapon Systems

Robert Wallace Austin reg. no. 113067 joined the Canadian Army at 8:45 a.m.[i] on July 23, 1915 in the city of Ottawa.[ii] He was just shy of one month past his twenty-first birthday when he joined the 8th Canadian Mounted Rifles (8th C.M.R.) and he was to be transported to England in October 1915 to … Continue reading Sergeant Austin’s Accident: The Tale of Two Emerging Modern Weapon Systems

The Spirit Shown By All Ranks Was of the Highest Order

18th Battalion War Diary November 1918 Appendix 9 Narrative of Action for November 8/9 1918 Map Ref. Sheet 45 1/40,000 The night of 8th November 1918 the Battalion was billeted in ELOUGES (T/10) in close support to the 5th [Canadian] Infantry Brigade. On the 9th at dawn the 4th [Canadian] Infantry Brigade were ordered to … Continue reading The Spirit Shown By All Ranks Was of the Highest Order

No Liberties Were Taken: Christmas 1915 for the 18th Battalion

  The Christmas of the 1915 was the second Christmas that the Battalion had experienced since it formation in the Fall of 1914. Since that Christmas in London, Ontario the Battalion had moved from Canada to England in April, 1915 where it trained and the embarked to France and thence, to Belgium for its baptism … Continue reading No Liberties Were Taken: Christmas 1915 for the 18th Battalion

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1916

Preamble: The Battle of the Somme was fought between July 1 and November 1, 1916. During this battle the total casualties for both sides have been estimated at approximately 887,000. The British Army on the opening day suffered 57,000 casualties. For the 18th Battalion this battle was one of it bloodiest engagements up until this … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1916