History and memory can be tenuous. As time passes and the source of history - the people who experienced the events - fade with each death. With each passing year after an event, be it small or world shaping, there is a loss of the source of information about the event. There are books, archives, … Continue reading What’s In a Name?
A series of four news articles from the St. Thomas Times-Journal illuminates the career of John A. Wallace who was an original member of the 18th Battalion[i]. The articles span from November 1914 to October 1915 and offer insights into the life of Wallace, and by extension, the other non-commissioned men of the Battalion. The … Continue reading Apparently, it is an actual hell out there at times: The Letters of Sergeant Wallace
“Sports Days” were an integral part of British and Canadian Military life. In every area of operation, be it Flanders, Salonika, or Mesopotamia. For the Canadian troops, Sports Days were times of recreation and competition – a break from soldiering. Yet, the popularity of the Sports Days had a decidedly military purpose. They helped foster … Continue reading Sports Days for the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade
CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY -OF- 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st June to 31th June 1917 Volume 22 With appendicies 1-3 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information 1 Map reference WILLERVAL 1/20,000 Battalion in Brigade Support with H.Qrs at T.27.d.3.5. During the night Battalion was relieved by 15th Canadian … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: June 1917
Michael and Paula Dugdale, residents of Saltwood, Kent, England has written a document that brought an important location for the 18th Battalion to life[i]. Background The 18th Battalion was formed in South Western Ontario, primarily from Windsor, Chatham, London, Woodstock, and Galt, Ontario during the autumn of 1914 and was part of the 2nd Contingent … Continue reading West Sandling Camp and the Trenches of Tolsford Hill
Captions reads: This picture was taken by the Free Press camera man from the head of two-mile hill this morning as the troops proceeded south from the city via the Wharncliffe road. The company to which the St. Thomas men are attached broke from the main body at Lambeth and proceeded to St. Thomas while … Continue reading Men of the 18th Battalion Starting On Their Long Cross-Country Grind
As we enjoy the freedom the valiant men and women fought for it is fitting on this Canada Day to reflect back the the experiences of the soldiers of the 18th Battalion. The Battalion, being formed as part of the 2nd Contingent, did not celebrate Canada Day (it was called Dominion Day at this time) … Continue reading Canada Day for the 18th Battalion
Dennis contacted me regarding a family member who served in the 18th Battalion. Part of the conversation over email led to a great contribution from Dennis. Below are a series of photographs taken by the Rickard Brothers and portray 6 of the battalions. The image quality is exceptional and if one expands/zooms into the photographs … Continue reading Amazing Set of Photographs: 18th Battalion
Confidential War Diary of 18th Canadian Battalion 2nd Canadian Division from 1st January to 31st January 1916: Volume 5 With appendices 1-2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information LA CLYTTE Jan. 1 Battalion in LA CLYTTE in Divisional Reserve – “B” and D Companies were paid other Companies conducted training in specialists. Officers … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: January 1916
Below are a series of photos I found online at New York Public Library Digital Collection. The caption refers to the unit as the 18th Br(Brigade) but according a post at C.E.F. Study Group this term was really only applicable to C.E.F. Army units serving in France and not to units stationed and training in … Continue reading Photos of the 18th Battalion?