“Other Sad Afternoons to Come…”: The Death of Corporal Gehl

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* While we were at La Clyte[iii] [sic], Jack Gehl[iv] and Dick Hamill[v] were assigned to a special work party with the Engineers. While they were away the rest of us went in the M. & N. trenches for our regular turn. Several days later, Dick Hamill came … Continue reading “Other Sad Afternoons to Come…”: The Death of Corporal Gehl

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1917

Confidential War Diary OF 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2ND CANADIAN DIVISION FROM 1ST November to 30th November 1917 Volume 27 With Appendicies 1 - 2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information CAESTRE 1 Battalion in Reserve Camp. Coy parades, inspection of arms and equipment. Extra water bottle (1 per man) issued. 2 o.r. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1917

An Enthusiastic Shrapnel Slide: Private Young writes a letter full of irony.

Private Fred Young wrote a letter on February 15, 1916 relating some of his thoughts and experiences as a member of the 18th Battalion, C.E.F. This may well have been the later Sergeant Fred Young who was to become the “poet laureate” for the 18th Battalion after the war. His poetry and efforts as a … Continue reading An Enthusiastic Shrapnel Slide: Private Young writes a letter full of irony.

…a very uplifting effect: A Letter from the Front

On May 3, 1916, the Paisely Advocate included a letter[i] written by then Sergeant Andrew Enos Babcock, a native son of Paisely, about his experiences with the 18th Battalion. Sergeant Babcock was an original member of the 18th Battalion with the assigned regiment number of 53989 when he enlisted on October 27, 1914 in Walkerton, … Continue reading …a very uplifting effect: A Letter from the Front

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1916

Confidential War Diary of 18th Canadian Battalion  2nd Canadian Division From 1st February to 29th February 1916 Volume 6 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information VIERSTRAAT Feb. 1 “B” and “D” Coys in trenches “M” + “N”. Lt. Col. E.S. Wigle acting Brigadier 4th Can. Infy. Bgde. Lieut. RISPIN went to 1st Infy. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: February 1916

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1916

Confidential War Diary of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division from 1st January to 31st January 1916: Volume 5 With appendices 1-2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information LA CLYTTE Jan. 1 Battalion in LA CLYTTE in Divisional Reserve – “B” and D Companies were paid other Companies conducted training in specialists. Officers … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1916

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: December 1915

Confidential War Diary Of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Division From 1st December to 31st December 1915 Volume 4 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information   1 4:30 PM Battn. Relieved 19th Battn a VIERSTRAAT- “B” . “D” Coys in trenches and “C” . “A” Coys in battalion reserve – 6 other ranks struck … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: December 1915

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1915

Confidential War Diary Of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division From 1st November To 30th November 1915 Volume 3 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information 1 Battn in “D” trenches – [Wulverghem] 2 -Ditto- 3 6 pm Bn relieved by 19th Bn – “C” Coy remained at R.E. Farm in reserve – Bn Went to Div. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1915