War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1918

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st September to 3oth September, 1918 Volume 37 With appendices 1 – 23 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information H.Q. Reserve SIMECOURT 1 Battalion carried on with training as per syllabus attached. 2 O.R.s. reinforcements. 4 O.Rs. awarded bar to M.M. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1918

The Unforgettable Experience: Buried by a Shell

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* Every man who served in the Front Line for any length of time, whether he be an officer or in the ranks, had some unforgetable [sic] experience he would often recall during his lifetime. Some men had several and some of the experiences are much worse than … Continue reading The Unforgettable Experience: Buried by a Shell

“The narrow escapes that some fellows have are nothing short of marvellous”: A Letter from the Front

Private (later Lieutenant) Wesley Strang Caldwell was yet to earn the Military Medal for his actions at Courcelette, the Somme, when this letter was published in the Huron Expositor on March 10, 1916. He was 20-years old, just shy of his 21st birthday by 40 days. He was a combat veteran claiming to have served … Continue reading “The narrow escapes that some fellows have are nothing short of marvellous”: A Letter from the Front

Vimy Ridge: Instructions for the Offensive

SECRET Copy No. 4 18TH CANADIAN INFANTRY BATTALION   INSTRUCTION FOR THE OFFENSIVE Ref:        Roclincourt 1/10000. Thelus N.W. and Thelus N.E. 1/5000. Tables “A” XXXXX”. Barrage Map. S.S. 135. INFORMATION. The Canadian Corp will take the VIMY RIDGE in conjunction with operations on other portions of the front. The 19th Canadian Battalion is attacking on our … Continue reading Vimy Ridge: Instructions for the Offensive

A Letter From a Soldier Who Served During the Vimy Attack: Graphic Description of Vimy Ridge

A letter from Lieutenant Stuart Cameron Kirkland published in the Aylmer Express, May 24,1917 and edited for clarity:   GRAPHIC DESCRIPTION OF VIMY RIDGE Some of the Sights Encountered Lieut. Stuart C. Kirkland, who is now in England recovering from a wound in his arm received at the battle of Vimy Ridge, writes the following … Continue reading A Letter From a Soldier Who Served During the Vimy Attack: Graphic Description of Vimy Ridge