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Good day fellow COBWFA’s
I have a question to ask about enlistment in the militia before the formation and recruitment began for the CEF. I have been working on my other Grandfather’s story with the CEF and I came across something in his first Attestation Paper that has me stumped. When he signed up with the 19th Battalion on November 10th here in Toronto, he claimed to already belong to the Active Militia but that is all.
Is there anyway to check that out? It is my understanding that the Regular Force units in Canada were a separate entity before the creation of the CEF so their nominal rolls probably wouldn’t be included in the online records currently being produced by the Library and Archives people.
Is it possible that as an untrained civilian he joined up during the initial rush in August 1914 but wouldn’t, for obvious reasons, have been included in the ranks with say the Q.O.R, in the First Contingent. Would he then have signed up with the 19th a couple of days after it began to recruit in November?
Any suggestions about where to search would be greatly appreciated.
ps When’s our next meeting?
I’m guessing he meant part time militia
What was his service number
Maybe I can decode his file on sign up
Chris here. Can I send you a copy of his attestation pages so the you can have a look at what I mean?
I don’t know when the next meeting is – I will ask
Who do I contact about a change of mailing address as i will be moving in December?
I just sent it in to Glenn at Glenn Kerr
Greetings, I am the president and chaplain of Legion Branch 333, in Flesherton-Markdale Ontario. We have recently restored a trench mortar captured on April 9th 1917 by the 54th Kootenays at Vimy. We have, in conjunction with the local municipality and other community businesses and groups, just completed a rejuvenation of the War Memorial in Flesherton including a more prominent display of the war trophies that have been in our community since the 1920’s. We are planning on a formal rededication ceremony in November 2018 as part of our Remembrance Day ceremonies. Thanks to historian Wayne Stairs of Brantford, we have been able to reclaim this important piece of Canadian history and give it the honour it deserves. Our Legion Comrade Gord Webb of Markdale oversaw the restoration of the gun and the refurbishment of the site, which also included the planting of a Vimy Oak alongside the Memorial Obelisk.
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