On October 29, 1914, a 27-year-old labourer[i] enlisted with the 18th Battalion. He had 1-year experience with the 30th Wellington Rifles. He had previously enlisted with the 6th London Battery (Independent), Canadian Field Artillery (CFA), but that enlistment, for some reason, only lasted from August 12 to 29 of 1914. Now, he had permission to... Continue Reading →
Soldiers letters do not stand on their own. They impart small, discrete, often obscure, snippets of information that connect the writer with the people of his hometown, unit, and his social circle. They can often give clues that lead to a broader understanding of the writer and his experiences during his service. The letters also... Continue Reading →
On October 26th, 1918 the Toronto Star carried a brief article about a newspaper reporter from Stratford who died in action with the 18th Battalion on October 10, 1918: Lavelle Killed in Action. Pte. Leonard S. Lavelle, formerly sporting editor of the Stratford Herald, was killed in action. He went overseas in the spring... Continue Reading →
Today marks the 100th anniversary of my Grandfather's enlistment into the 18th Battalion, Western Ontario, Regiment, CEF.
As often happens in research one soldier's research leads to another. During the research into Private Percy Lemmon one of the news articles shared with me shows another soldier who served in the 18th Battalion, George Goss. George Goss had two other family members who served in the C.E.F.. His father served in the 18th... Continue Reading →
During the search for soldiers of the 18th Battalion I found Lieutenant Thayer Vincent Milford a site was found referring to him as belonging to the Western Ontario Regiment on the West Carlton Honour Roll. As I perused the site I noticed an entry for a Lieutenant Ewen McLachlin. Having a connection through relatives to... Continue Reading →