Untold Misery Has Been the Harvest Now: The Letters of Major George Whitford Nelson

Introduction The intent of this blog post is to expand upon a series of letters diligently transcribed by the Bruce County Archives entitled Correspondence from Lieutenant Colonel George Whitford Nelson to his sister, Mrs. William Kidd, 1914-1916, A99.058.008. This resource was found during research into this soldier and offers an invaluable insight into the feelings, … Continue reading Untold Misery Has Been the Harvest Now: The Letters of Major George Whitford Nelson

…and no battalion has a more glorious record than our good old 18th.

On April 10, 1919 two news stories about the 18th Battalion were published on page three in the Border Cities Star. One story was about the past, told of a traitor in the 18th who “surrendered” to the Germans in July 1918 while the Battalion was stationed in the Telegraph Hill area in the Arras … Continue reading …and no battalion has a more glorious record than our good old 18th.

“Patient says he does not want to leave army.”

21-year-old George Marsden woke up on October 22, 1914 in Windsor, Ontario and enlisted in the 18th Battalion and was assigned the regimental number 53264. Also on that day and location a Frank Marsden was to enlists under the regimental number 53263.[i] One of these soldiers had a secret which would affect their military service.[ii] … Continue reading “Patient says he does not want to leave army.”

Canadians Competed: A Fine and Very Warm Day of Sports in Hythe

In the August 31, 1915 edition of the Montreal Gazette on page 13 is a news story. Pushed back inside the paper in the Sports Section is a story. The headlines of the day decry: EXPECT SEASON TO SET BAR TO TEUTON’S SURGE: Military Observers Hope That Equinoctial Period Will Limit Forward Movement or MINES, … Continue reading Canadians Competed: A Fine and Very Warm Day of Sports in Hythe

Blog of Note: PATRIOTS, CROOKS AND SAFETY-FIRSTERS: Colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Doing research on Lieutenant Colonel William Frederick Richard Hart-McHarg I happened on this site. Matt Barrett is a historian, animator and caricaturist who also maintains a blog specializing in the colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The site is well laid out and organized with a lot of content. Each colonel has a short biography … Continue reading Blog of Note: PATRIOTS, CROOKS AND SAFETY-FIRSTERS: Colonels of the Canadian Expeditionary Force

Soldiering at Fair Ground Camp: London, Ontario; 1914

Then Captain Samuel Monteith Loghrin wrote a letter dated November 8th, 1914 gives some insight into the activities and responsibilities of an officer in the Canadian Army preparing for embarkation to England for further training and preparation before moving to Belgium to active service in the line. Note the envelope. The post mark indicated the … Continue reading Soldiering at Fair Ground Camp: London, Ontario; 1914

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