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5th Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1915-1919

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

1.0 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4059 includes the following files: Administrative arrangements, etc 1918 (folder 1, file 1); Conference on agriculture, 1918 (folder 1, file 2); Aircraft 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 3); Appointments and commissions 1917 (folder 1, file 4); Instructions re armistice 1918 (folder 1, file 5); Small arms and ammunitions 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 6); Large ammunition 1917 (folder 1, file 7); Artillery 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 8); Balloons 1918 (folder 1, file 9); Bands, 1918 (folder 1, file 10); Billets, 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 11); Binoculars, loss of, 1918 (folder 1, file 12); Bombs and grenades, 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 13); Boundaries, 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 14); Burials and cemeteries, 1917-1918 (folder 1, file 15); Camouflage, 1917 (folder 1, file 16); Camps, 1918 (folder 1, file 17); Canteens, 1918 (folder 1, file 18); Casualties, 1915-1918 (folder 2, files 1-2); Censorship, 1918 (folder 2, file 3); War savings certificates (folder 2, file 4); Civilians, 1918 (folder 2, file 5); Clothing and equipment, 1918 (folder 2, file 6). Volume 4060 includes the following files: Codes and passwords, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 1); Colours and flags, 1918 (folder 3, file 2); Communiques, 1918 (folder 3, file 3); Conferences and lectures, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 4); Congratulatory messages, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 5); OC's private correspondence, 1918 (folder 3, file 6); Currency, 1918 (folder 3, file 7); Defences, 1918 (folder 3, file 8); Schemes,1917-1918 (folder 3, file 9); Trenches and dugouts,1917-1918 (folder 3, file 10); Report on wire 1917 (folder 3, file 11); Work and working parties 1916-1918 (folder 3, file 12); Demobilization, 1918 (folder 3, file 13); Denominations, 1918 (folder 3, file 14); Dental service, 1918 (folder 3, file 15); Designation, Cdn. Corps Labour Reinf. Col. 1918 (folder 3, file 16); Discipline, 1917-1919 (folder 3, file 17); Dispositions, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 18); Dogs, 1912 (folder 3, file 19); Donations for Christmas, 1918 (folder 3, file 20); Dumps, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 21); Educational schemes, 1918 (folder 4, file 1); Elections, Kennington Div. of Zambut, 1918 (folder 4, file 2); Engineers service, 1918 (folder 4, file 3); Entertainment, 1918 (folder 4, file 4); Establishment, 1917-1918 (folder 4, file 5); 13 Books containing material on a variety of subjects, 1916-1917 (folder 4, file 6); Gas, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 1); German phases used by patrols, 1918 (folder 5, file 2); Machine and Lewis guns, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 3); Hague convention, 1918 (folder 5, file 4); Steel helmets, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 5); Honours and awards, 1915-1918 (folder 5, file 6); Information summaries. Second Army 1918 (folder 5, file 7); Information summaries: Chemical section, AEF, 1918 (folder 5, file 8); Inspections, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 9); Intelligence summaries. First Army 1918 (folder 5, file 10); Intelligence summaries. XVII Corps 1918 (folder 5, file 11); Intelligence summaries: 1st Cdn Div 1918 (folder 5, file 12); Intelligence, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 13); Report on German interpreters, 1918 (folder 5, file 14); Itinerary report, 1st Cdn Div 1918 (folder 5, file 15); Return of Italians in CEF 1918 (folder 5, file 16); Certificates re Kodaks, 1918 (folder 5, file 17); Leave, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 18); Locations, 1918 (folder 5, file 19). Volume 4061 includes the following files: Maps, photos, 1918 (folder 6, files 1-2); Medical arrangements, 1918 (folder 6, file 3); Meteorological, 1918 (folder 6, file 4); Mining, 1917-1918 (folder 6, file 5); Moves and reliefs, 1917-1918 (folder 6, file 6); Nominal rolls, 1915-1917 (folder 6, file 7); Officers, 1915-1918 (folder 6, file 8); Operations, Vimy Ridge, Willerval, Arleux, Fresnoy, 1917 (folder 7, file 1); Operations, Drocourt Queant Line, 1917-1918 (folder 7, file 2); Operations, North of Lens, 1917 (folder 7, file 3); Operations, Hill 70, 1917 (folder 7, file 4); Operations, Passchendaele, 1917 (folder 8, files 1-2); Operations, Somme, 1918 (folder 8, file 3); Operations, Amiens, 1918 (folder 8, file 4); Operations, Arras, 1918 (folder 8, file 5); Operations, Cambrai, 1918 (folder 8, file 6); Operations, Canal du Nord, 1918 (folder 8, file 7); Operations, Minor, 1917-1918 (folder 9, files 1-11); German minor operations 1917-1918 (folder 9, file 12); Notes on minor operations 1918 (folder 9, file 13); Summary of minor operations 1918 (folder 9, file 14); Operation orders, 1916-1918 (various units) (folder 9, files 15-16). Volume 4062 includes the following files: Operation orders, 1916-1918 (various units) (folder 10, files 1-10); Routine orders (various formations), 1917-1918 (folder 11, files 1-4); Special Orders, First Army and Cdn Corps, 1917-1918 (folder 11, files 5-6); Town orders, Arras, 1918 (folder 11, file 7); Battalion orders, 1914-1918 (folder 11, files 8-9); Battalion orders, 1914-1918 (folder 12, files 1-2). Volume 4063 includes the following files: Organization, 1917-1919 (folder 13, file 1); Distinguishing patches, 1918 (folder 13, file 2); Patrols, 1917-1918 (folder 13, file 3); Paymaster's correspondence, 1918 (folder 13, file 4); Personnel, 1917-1919 (folder 13, file 5); Photographs, 1918 (folder 13, file 6); Region service, 1917-1918 (folder 13, file 7); Portuguese troops, 1918 (folder 13, file 8); Postal service, 1918 (folder 13, file 9); Canadian prisoners of war, 1915-1918 (folder 13, file 10); German prisoners of war, 1917-1918 (folder 13, file 11); Bolshevist propaganda, 1918 (folder 13, file 12); Publications, 1918 (folder 13, file 13); Light railways, 1918 (folder 13, file 14); Rations, 1918 (folder 13, file 15); Location of refilling points, 1918 (folder 13, file 16); Reinforcements, 1917-1918 (folder 13, file 17); Remounts, 1917-1918 (folder 13, file 18); March to Rhine, 1918 (folder 13, file 19); Salvage, 1917-1918 (folder 14, file 1); Telegrams re mobilization, Aug 1914 (folder 13, file 20); Paysheets, Aug-Sept 1914 (folder 13, file 21); Sanitation, 1918 (folder 14, file 2); Scouts and patrols, Dec 1917 (folder 14, file 3); Signal service, 1917-1918 (folder 14, file 4); Signals, 1917-1918 (folder 14, file 5); Sniping, 1918 (folder 14, file 6); Sports, 1917-1918 (folder 14, file 7); Trench stores, 1918 (folder 14, file 8); Stores, 1918 (folder 14, file 9); Strength, 1917-1918 (folder 14, files 10-11). Volume 4064 includes the following files: Tanks, 1917-1918 (folder 15, file 1); Transport and traffic, 1917-1918 (folder 15, file 2); Training, 1917-1918 (folder 15, files 3-6); Trenches, Ypres Salient, 1916 (folder 16, file 1); Trench mortars, 1917-1918 (folder 16, file 2); Trophies, 1917-1918 (folder 16, file 3); Tumplines, 1918 (folder 16, file 4); Veterinary service, 1918 (folder 16, file 5); Visits, 1917-1918 (folder 16, file 6); Water supply, 1918 (folder 16, file 7); Weekly press and parliamentary summary 1918 (folder 16, file 8); YMCA, 1917-1918 (folder 16, file 9); War diaries (folder 16, file 10).

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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. 9-37-8 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier under Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914 and was composed of recruits from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. The battalion was commanded successively by Lieutenant- Colonels G.S. Tuxford, and H.M. Dyer DSO.

The battalion embarked at Quebec on 26 September 1914 aboard LAPLAND, disembarking in England on 17 October 1914. Its strength was 44 officers and 1094 other ranks. The battalion disembarked in France on 13 February 1915, becoming part of the 1st Canadian Division, 2nd Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 15th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 24 March 1919, disembarked in Canada on 18 April 1919, demobilized on 24 April 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion produced two Christmas publications: "A Christmas Garland from the Front" (Dec 1915) and "Another Garland from the Front" (Dec 1916). The battalion had a brass band and a regimental air "Till the boys come home". The King's colour was transferred to the Saskatoon Light Infantry on November 1924, as was the "battle flag". The battalion's mascot was a goat named Sergeant Billy.

The 5th Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Saskatoon Light Infantry.

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary 20 Oct 1914 - 28 Feb 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 4916, folders 362-364); Accounts (RG9-III, Vol. 381, file A-93-1 ); Transfer of men from training depot (RG9-III, Vol. 626, file C-278-2); General (RG9-III, Vol. 862, file V-19-2); Band (RG9-III, Vol. 586, file B-17-2); Promotions (RG9-III, Vol. 979, file P-23-3); Promotions, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 984, file P-81-3); Funeral expenses (RG9-III, Vol. 1462, file A-60-7); Discipline (RG9-III, Vol. 1483, file D-32-7); Leave (RG9-III, Vol. 1495, file L-13-7); Details of new gas bomb (Pte Eaton 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 3826, folder 4, file 5); Operations. Petit Douve Nov-Dec 1915 (RG9-III, Vol. 3858, folder 84, file 5); Strength Dec 1918-Jan 1919 (RG9-III, Vol. 3894, folder 57, file 28); Operations. Festubert, 1915 (RG9-III, Vol. 4011, folder 15, file 8); Dispositions 1915-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4047, folder 6, file 3); Machine gun reports 1915-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4049, folder 14, files 1-4); Officers' records of service (RG9-III, Vol. 4051, folder 18, file 8); Operations. Mount Sorrel. Narrative, 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4051, folder 19, file 4); Operations. Somme. Observations, 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4051, folder 19, file 8); Operations. Passchendaele. Narrative, 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 21, file 2); Operations. Amiens. Narrative, 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 4); Operations. Drocourt. Queant Line, Narrative, 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 6); Operations. Canal du Nord. Narrative, 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 7); Operations. Sensu Canal. Narrative, 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 8); Operations. Minor, 1915-1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4052, folder 23, files 11-12); Reports on operations, Sept 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4053, folder 24, file 20); Operation orders, 1916-1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4055, folder 29, file 16); Programme for scouts (RG9-III, Vol. 4057, folder 35, file 3); Operation orders, 19-25 July 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4067, folder 5, file 11); Minor operations, 16-17 Nov 1915 (RG9-III, Vol. 4106, folder 23, file 2); Operation orders, 1 March 1917 (RG9-III, Vol. 4398, folder 9, file 5); Correspondence re badges (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 16); Historical record (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 15); Honours and awards 1918 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 17); Operations. St Eloi, April 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 19); Operations. Mount Sorrel, May-June 1916 (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 20); Photographs (RG9-III, Vol. 4690, folder 47, file 18); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1914 (RG 9, IIB3, Vol. 79); Promotion, appointments (RG9-III, Vol. 2908, file P26-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Badges (RG 24, Vols. 1541 and 1559, file HQ 683-161-1); Demobilization accounts RG 24, Vols 1520, 1541,1559,. files HQ 683-41-6, 683-161-2); Demobilization (RG 24, Vols 1541, file HQ 683-161-3); Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1378, file HQ 593-6-1-5); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1904, file DHS 5-7-5); GAQ file (RG 24, Vol. 1829, file GAQ 7-35). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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