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2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1914-1917

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.5 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4034 includes the following files: Accounts Jan 1915 (folder 1, file 1); Small arms and communication Jan 1915 (folder 1, file 2); Notes on artillery Aug-Sept 1914 (folder 1, file 3); Burials and cemeteries Jan 1915 (folder 1, file 4); Cable rates (folder 1, file 5); Closing of wet canteens Jan 1915 (folder 1, file 6); Casualties May-July 1915 (folder 1, file 7); Clothing and equipment Jan 1915-Dec 1916 (folder 1, file 8); Lt-Col Watson's correspondence Sept 1914-Feb 1915 (folder 1, file 9); AFB books containing material on a wide variety of subjects, Aug 1915-Jan 1917 (see finding aid 9-37) (folders 2-4). Volume 4035 includes the following files: Defences, Lorette Spur area Jan 1917 (folder 5, file 1); Discipline Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 2); Identity discs Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 3); Designation Jan 1917 (folder 5, file 10); Dispositions Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 4); Dress on route marches Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 5); Establishment (folder 5, file 6); Gifts Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 7); Guards and picquets Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 8); Guns (machine and Lewis) Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 9); Leave Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 11); Lectures Jan 1915 (folder 5, file 12); Mascots Dec 1914 (folder 5, file 13); Motor ambulance corps Nov 1914 (folder 5, file 14); Nominal rolls, Feb 1915, July 1915-April 1917 (folder 5, file 15); Officers Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 6, files 1-3); Operations - tactical scheme Dec 1914 (folder 6, file 4); Operations - Somme Sept 1916 (folder 6, file 6); Orders, battalion April 1915-April 1916 (folder 7). Volume 4036 includes the following files: Orders, battalion March-Sept 1916 (folder 8); Orders, battalion April-Dec 1917 (folder 9, file 1); Orders, routine Dec 1914 (folder 9, file 2); Parades Jan 1915 (folder 9, file 3); Pay and allowances Jan 1915 (folder 9, file 4); Personnel Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 9, file 5); Pigeon service Jan 1915 (folder 9, file 6); Remounts Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 1); Sanitation Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 2); Scouts Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 3); Stationery Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 4); Stores Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 5); Training Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 6); Musketry training Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 7); Transport Dec 1914-Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 8); Water supply Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 9); Fatigues Jan 1915 (folder 10, file 10).

Textual records
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Volume
from 4034 to 4036
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Archival reference no.
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Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Textual records The finding aid's file level descriptions can be accessed through the consists of fields in the MIKAN record. A paper copy is also available in the Reference room. The finding aid is a typed list consisting of volume number, file number, title and outside dates. Note that this descriptive record is based on information found in finding aid 9-37 and in Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. 9-37-4 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier in accordance with Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914 and was composed of recruits from Military District 3 (Eastern Ontario). The battalion was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel David Watson.

The battalion embarked at Quebec on 3 October 1914 aboard CASSANDRA, disembarking in England on 25 October 1914. Its strength was 44 officers and 1083 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 11 February 1915, becoming part of the 1st Division, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 21 March 1919, arrived in Canada on 21 April 1919, was demobilized 24 April 1919, and disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion's band, recruited from 12th Canadian Reserve Battalion, was sent to 2nd Battalion in France. The regimental air was `Colonel Bogey'. The mascot was a colt named "Winnie" born in Winnizelle, France, in March 1915. The battalion colours were deposited in St. Paul's Church, Bowmanville in 1919.

The 2nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by the Governor General's Foot Guards and Peterborough Rangers.

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary, 14 Oct 1914 - 30 April 1919 (RG9-III, Vols 4913-4914, folders 353-35); Strength Dec 1918-Jan 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 3894, folder 57, file 25); Minor operations Feb 1916-April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4016, folder 33, file 22, 23); Minor operations March 21 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4017, folder 35, file 17); Memo re court of enquiry 13 March 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 4027, folder 13, file 4); Operations. Canal du Nord Reports 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 15, file 5); Minor operations Jan-July 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 17, file 6); Operation orders Oct 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4029, folder 19, file 4); Operation orders, 2 March 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4055, folder 29, file 13); Orders, 29 Jan 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4062, folder 10, file 2); Operation orders, 12 Oct 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4077, folder 4, file 15); Defence scheme, Dec 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4084, folder 5, file 4); Minor operations 26 Feb 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4199, folder 7, file 3); Operation orders 23 July 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4200, folder 8, file 3); Minor operations 15-16 Feb 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4286, folder 9, file 2); Badges 1917-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 10); Historical record 1915-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 9); Honours and awards (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 11); Lieut. J.A.R. de Salaberry 1914-1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 13); A./Cpt. Leo Clarke 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 19); Article by Maj. Lisle 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 21); Lieut. Leslie Tubman 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 21); Lieut. M.L. Colgrave 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 22); Operations. St Eloi April 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 14); Operations. Mount Sorrel June 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, files 15-16); Operations. Somme Sept. 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, files 17, 18, 20); Operations. Minor March 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 23); Photographs 1917-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 46, file 12); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1914 (RG 9, II B3, Vol. 79); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 2907, files P-23-33); Mantraps (RG9-III, Vol. 20, files 4-10-38). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-1); Designation (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-2); Mobilization accounts (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-3); Pay and paysheets (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-4); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-5); History (RG 24, Vol. 1716, file HQ 683-486-6 ); Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1378, file HQ 593-6-1-2); DHS file (RG9-III, Vol. 1904, file DHS 5-7-2); Overseas Ministry file (RG9-III, Vol. 46, file 8-5-29); Promotions (RG9-III, Vol. 979, file P-20-3); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 984, file P-78-3); German raids, Hill 60, Capt. W.W. Murry. (RG 24, Vol. 1829, file GAQ 7-30); GGFG (RG 24, Vol. 1831, file GAQ 7-53). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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