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

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1917

Confidential War Diary OF 18th CANADIAN BATTALION - 2ND CANADIAN DIVISION FROM 1ST November to 30th November 1917 Volume 27 With Appendicies 1 - 2 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information CAESTRE 1 Battalion in Reserve Camp. Coy parades, inspection of arms and equipment. Extra water bottle (1 per man) issued. 2 o.r. … Continue reading War Diary of the 18th Battalion: November 1917

Stuff of Legend: The Wounding of Private Dickson on Christmas Day 1915

Introduction There is no doubt that Sergeant Fred Young was an ardent supporter and chronicler of the 18th Battalion. He was very active in the 18th Battalion Association after the war, serving on its executive and being designated as its “poet laureate”. But, perhaps his enthusiasm for his Battalion allowed him to exercise some “poetic … Continue reading Stuff of Legend: The Wounding of Private Dickson on Christmas Day 1915

An Enthusiastic Shrapnel Slide: Private Young writes a letter full of irony.

Private Fred Young wrote a letter on February 15, 1916 relating some of his thoughts and experiences as a member of the 18th Battalion, C.E.F. This may well have been the later Sergeant Fred Young who was to become the “poet laureate” for the 18th Battalion after the war. His poetry and efforts as a … Continue reading An Enthusiastic Shrapnel Slide: Private Young writes a letter full of irony.

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

Images for The Bluffs Post

The Bluff was a sector of the battle space in which the 18th Battalion was involved. Below are some images of the Bluff(s) and this excellent PDF file from the CWGC outlines, in brief, the history of the conflict in the area and the establishment of war graves.      

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