War Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1917

CONFIDENTIAL WAR DIARY of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st October to 31st October 1917 Volume 26 With appendix A Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information VILLERS-AU-BOIS 1   Battalion in billets at VILLERS CAMP. Company parades and inspection of rifles & equipment. 2 ors admitted to hospital.   Mapes … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: October 1917

100 Years Past: The “Fighting” 18th Battalion Lives!

18th Battalion Facebook member, Ed Wilson, forwarded these three photographs of re-enactors dressed as 18th Battalion soldiers visiting the Vimy Ridge battlefield. Specifically, the photographs of the soldier standing in the field is located in the approximate location of the 18th Battalion's position before the attack on their objectives at Vimy Ridge on April 9, … Continue reading 100 Years Past: The “Fighting” 18th Battalion Lives!

“Why, what is the news?”: Underage Soldier Dies Serving with the 18th

"Why, what is the news?" Those words probably reverberated in the vestibule of 696 Ashdale Avenue[1] in Toronto, Ontario one day in early December of 1916. It was a question posed by the mother of Private Charles Duncan Compton as a Toronto Star newspaper reporter followed up on the news of this soldier’s death. His … Continue reading “Why, what is the news?”: Underage Soldier Dies Serving with the 18th

Letter About Vimy: “Of course he was dead so I suppose it didn’t inconvenience him any.”

Stuart Cameron Kirkland was a 33 year old barrister who joined the 91st Battalion at St. Thomas on April 26, 1916. Less then a year later, assigned to the 18th Battalion, he was to participate in the attack on Vimy Ridge where he was wounded. Eventually invalided back to Canada were he served on a … Continue reading Letter About Vimy: “Of course he was dead so I suppose it didn’t inconvenience him any.”