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.”