One-Thousand Four-Hundred and Seventy Days

Walter Perry, of Highland Creek, Ontario, decided to join the Canadian Army. His previous military experience consisting of serving three-and-a-half years as a Bugler. He joined the 81st Battalion in Toronto, Ontario on September 18th, 1915 and was assigned the regimental number 157659. From this point in time he served and trained in Canada until … Continue reading One-Thousand Four-Hundred and Seventy Days

FOURTEEN HEROES CAME HOME TO-DAY: A Transcription of a London Free Press Article

The following transcription was sourced from the Twitter feed of London First World War ( @LdnOntWW1 ). Where possible links to the soldiers mentioned in the article have been referenced. The news article appears to be written in late 1916 given the context of the dates outlined in the article and the discharge dates of … Continue reading FOURTEEN HEROES CAME HOME TO-DAY: A Transcription of a London Free Press Article

A Numbers Game: Curious Case of Sequential Regimental Numbers and 4 Soldiers of the 116th Overseas Battalion

There are four men represented by sequential regimental numbers that are tied by their common experience and their relationship to each other. Two men were brothers and three men were Barnardo Boys. The fourth man shared the experience of serving with them and their act of enlisting tied them together until their ultimate fates. The … Continue reading A Numbers Game: Curious Case of Sequential Regimental Numbers and 4 Soldiers of the 116th Overseas Battalion

Medical Officer’s Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1918: October 1915

Place: R. E. Farm [E of Dranutre?] Date: Oct 1 Hour: Very [illegible]: 54321 Pte G. RUSHMERE [Rushmer] shot himself through left heel while cleaning rifle, + 53057 L.Cpl. O’DWYER shot himself through fore [arm?]. Both cases seemed accidental. Place: Date: Oct 2 Hour: Lieut. F. G. Newton in a shocking condition as a result … Continue reading Medical Officer’s Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1918: October 1915