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4th Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1914-1919

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.3 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4043 includes the following files: Aircraft 1918 (folder 1, file 1); Artillery 1918 (folder 1, file 2); Billets 1918 (folder 1, file 3); Bombs and grenades 1915-1918 (folder 1, file 4); Burials and cemeteries 1915 (folder 1, file 5); Casualties April 1919 (folder 1, file 6); Clothing and equipment 1915-1919 (folder 1, file 7); Codes 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 8); Colours 1919 (folder 1, file 9); Defences 1918 (folder 1, file 10); Defence schemes, Hill 70, 1918 (folder 1, file 11); Wire 1918 (folder 1, file 12); Work and working parties 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 13); Demobilization, 1919 (folder 1, file 14); Discipline 1918-1919 (folder 1, file 15); Dress, German (folder 1, file 16); Establishment 1915-1918 (folder 1, file 17); Gas 1915-1918 (folder 1, file 18); Guns, machine and Lewis 1916 (folder 2, file 1); Inspections 1918-1919 (folder 2, file 2); Intelligence summaries 1918 (folder 2, files 3-5); Intelligence 1915-1918 (folder 2, file 6); Leave 1919 (folder 2, file 7); Lectures 1918-1919 (folder 2, file 8); Markings (folder 2, file 9); Medical 1919 (folder 2, file 10); Meteorological 1918 (folder 2, file 11); Mining 1918 (folder 2, file 12); Moves and reliefs 1918 (folder 2, file 13); Nominal rolls 1919 (folder 2, files 14-15). Volume 4044 includes the following files: Operations. Passchendaele 1917 (folder 3, file 1); Operations. Arras 1918 (folder 3, file 2); Operations. Minor 1915, 1918 (folder 3, files 3-4); Operations. Notes on 1915 (folder 3, file 5); Operations. Summaries 1918 (folder 3, file 6); Operations. Orders 1918-1919 (folder 3, files 7-9); Routine orders 1918-1919 (folder 3, files 10-17); Special orders of the day 1919 (folder 3, file 18); Daily orders "C" wing, Cdn Corps camp 1918 (folder 3, file 19); Battalion orders 1914-1919 (folder 3, files 20-21); Company organization Oct 1918 (folder 3, file 22); Propaganda 1918 (folder 4, file 1); Religious duties 1918 (folder 4, file 2); March to Rhine 1918-1919 (folder 4, file 3); Scouts and patrols 1917-1918 (folder 4, file 4); Signal service 1917-1918 (folder 4, file 5); Signals 1918-1919 (folder 4, file 6); Sports 1918-1919 (folder 4, file 7); Trench stores 1915-1916 (folder 4, file 8); Strength 1918 (folder 4, file 9); Training 1914-1919 (folder 4, file 10); Trench wardens 1918 (folder 4, file 11).

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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. 9-37-6 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier under Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914 and was composed of recruits from Military District 2 (Aurora, Brampton, Brantford, Hamilton and Niagara Falls. The battalion was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W.S. Buell who was replaced within days by Lieutenant-Colonel R.H. Labatt.

The battalion embarked at Quebec on 23 September 1914 aboard TYROLIA, disembarking in England on 14 October 1914. Its strength was 44 officers and 1121 other ranks. The battalion disembarked in France on 11 February 1915, becoming part of the 1st Division, 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 23 March 1919, disembarked in Canada on 21 April 1919, was demobilized at Toronto on 23 April 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion published "The Dead Horse Corner Gazette" between October 1915 and June 1916 (see copy of June 1916 issue in file 4/PRD/6, RG24, vol. 12382). The battalion had a brass band and a regimental air, "Nut Brown Maiden". The battalion colours were paid for by City of Brantford, and were transferred to the Dufferin Rifles.

The 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry and the Dufferin Rifles of Canada, which from 1936 on were known as The Dufferin and Haldimand Rifles of Canada).

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary, 24 Sept 1914-24 April 1919 (RG9-III, Vols. 4915-4916, folders 359-361); Establishment (RG9-III, Vol. 417, file E-47-1); Promotions (RG9-III, Vol. 979, file P-22-3); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 984, file P-80-3); Devices: sniper's plate and loophole by Plt T.S. Bradsford 1915-1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 3829, folder 9, file 10); Strength Dec 1918-Jan 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 3894, folder 57, file 27); Wiring party (RG9-III, Vol. 4007, folder 4, file 5); Court of inquiry Sept-Oct 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4011, folder 17, file 4); Minor operations 22 April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4017, folder 34, file 1); Minor operations 24 Jan 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4017, folder 35, file 19); Establishment of canteen 1917-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4023, folder 2, file 9); Defence schemes 2 April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4024, folder 3 file 16); Operations Mount Sorrel July 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4026, folder 11, file 2); Operations Vimy Ridge 8-12 April 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4026, folder 11, file 6); Operations Canal du Nord 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 15, file 5); Operations Abancourt, 1 Oct 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 16, file 2); Minor operations 18-23 April 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4028, folder 17, file 7); Operation orders 19 March 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4029, folder 19, file 6); Operation orders, 7 Oct 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4055, folder 29, file 15); Badges 1917-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 11); Historical record 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 10); Honours and awards (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 12); Operations. Mount Sorrel June 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 14); Photographs (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 13); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1914 (RG9-III, Vol. 79); Argyll House file (RG9-III, Vol. 3002, file V-3-33); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 2907, file P-25-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Badges and colours (RG 24, Vol. 177, file HQ 683-488-1); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 177, file HQ 683-488-2); General (RG 24, Vol. 177, file HQ 683-488-3); History (RG 24, Vol. 177, file HQ 683-488-4); Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1378, file HQ 593-6-1-4); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1904, file DHS 5-7-4); GAQ file (RG 24, Vol. 1808, file GAQ 7-20). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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