“The parapet was blown flat in two places…”

Private (later Lieutenant) Wesley Strang Caldwell[i] 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 parapet was blown flat in two places…”

A Splendid Officer: Captain E.H. Shuttleworth

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* I would like to pay a special tribute to Capt. Dick Shuttleworth, another of our splendid officers who never forgot the men who served with him in France and Belgium, many under his own command. When some of our members go to Westminster, they often call and … Continue reading A Splendid Officer: Captain E.H. Shuttleworth

The Best Rest in Many Moons: A Letter by Major Sale

Major Sale was an active and influential member of the Goderich, Ontario community as a dentist. He was active in the Canadian Militia with the 33rd Regiment and joined the 18th Battalion as a captain shortly after its inception in October 1914. He served his Battalion diligently and was earned a promotion to major in … Continue reading The Best Rest in Many Moons: A Letter by Major Sale

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1917

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY OF 18th Canadian Battalion - 2nd Canadian Division From 1st January to 31st January 1917 Volume 17 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information MAROC 1 Battalion in Brigade support in CALONNE II sector. CAPT. R.H. McCRIMMON returned to duty with Battalion from Command duty. 5 o.r.s wounded while on working … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1917