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8th Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1914-1919

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.6 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4066 includes the following files: Accommodation in dugouts, 28 July 1918 (folder 1, file 1); Administrative instructions, 4 April - 24 Nov 1918 (folder 1, file 2); Aircraft, 1917-1919 (folder 1, file 3); Large ammunition, 12 Sept 1918 (folder 1, file 4); Small arms, 25-31 March 1917 (folder 1, file 5); Artillery, Feb-Oct 1918 (folder 1, file 6); Battle signs, July 1917 (folder 1, file 7); Billets, 1919 (folder 1, file 8); Bombs and grenades, March 1917 (folder 1, file 9); Burials and cemeteries, 1917 (folder 1, file 10); Camps, 1917 (folder 1, file 11); Casualties, 1917-1918 (folder 1, files 12-13); Censorship, Oct 1918 (folder 2, file 1); Clothing and equipment, 1916-1918 (folder 2, file 2); Codes, 1917-1919 (folder 2, file 3); Communiques, RFC, 1916 (folder 2, file 4); Conferences and lectures, 1917-1919 (folder 2, file 5); Defences, 1918 (folder 2, file 6); Defence schemes, lens sector (folder 2, file 7); Work and working parties, 1917-1918 (folder 2, file 8); Devices, 1917 (folder 2, file 9); Discipline, 1916-1918 (folder 2, file 10); Identity discs, 1918 (folder 2, file 11); Dumps, 1917 (folder 2, file 12); Financial report, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 1); Gas, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 2); Machine and Lewis guns, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 3); Steel helmets, 1917 (folder 3, file 4); Honours and awards, 1917 (folder 3, file 5); Inspections, 1917-1918 (folder 3, file 6); Intelligence summaries, 1917-1918 (folder 3, files 7-10); Intelligence, 1917-1919 (folder 3, file 11); Interpreters, 1918 (folder 3, file 12); Liaison, 1918 (folder 3, file 13); Locations, 1917 (folder 3, file 14); Looting, 1918 (folder 3, file 15); Maps, 1916-1918 (folder 4, files 1-2); Meteorological (folder 4, file 3); Mining, 1918 (folder 4, file 4); Moves and reliefs, 1917-1918 (folder 4, file 5); Nominal rolls, 1915-1918 (folder 4, file 6); Observing officers, 1917 (folder 4, file 7); Officers, c. 1914 (folder 4, file 8); Operations. Courcelette, Sept 1916 (folder 4, file 9); Operations. Vimy Ridge, April 1917 (folder 4, file 10); Operations. Loos, July 1917 (folder 4, file 11). Volume 4067 includes the following files: Operations. Hill 70, Aug 1917 (folder 5, file 1); Operations. Lens, 1917-1918 (folder 5, file 2); Operations. Amiens, 1918-1919 (folder 5, file 3); Operations. Arras, Aug 1918 (folder 5, file 4); Operations. Drocourt - Queant Line, 1918 (folder 5, file 5); Operations. Canal du Nord, 1918 (folder 5, file 6); Operations. Cambrai, 1918 (folder 5, file 7); Minor operations, Jan 1918 (folder 5, file 7-A); Minor operations, March 1918 (folder 5, file 7-B); Notes on operations, March-Aug 1918 (folder 5, file 7-C); Operation orders, 25 Sept 1916 - 29 Aug 1918 (folder 6, files 1-2). Volume 4068 includes Orders other than routine (folders 7-9). Volume 4069 includes the following files: Battalion orders, 23 Feb 1915-31 Dec 1918 (folder 10, files 1-3); Warning orders, 9 May 1917 (folder 10, file 5); Organization, 1917-1918 (folder 10, file 6); Patrols, July 1918 (folder 10, file 7); Russian personnel 1918 (folder 10, file 8); Region service, 1918 (folder 10, file 9); Postal services (folder 10, file 10); Instructions re POW, 1918-1919 (folder 10, file 11); Bolshevist propaganda, 1918 (folder 10, file 12); Light railways, 4 Jan 1918 (folder 11, file 1); Reconnaissance parties, 1918 (folder 11, file 2); Reinforcements, 1917 (folder 11, file 3); March to Rhine, 1918 (folder 11, file 4); Salvage, 1917 (folder 11, file 5); Scouts, snipers, patrols, 1917-1919 (folder 11, file 6); Signal service, 1917-1918 (folder 11, file 7); Signals, 1917-1919 (folder 11, file 8); Trench stores, 1917 (folder 11, file 9); Strength, 1917-1919 (folder 11, files 10-11); Tanks, 1917-1918 (folder 12, file 1); Transport and traffic, 1917 (folder 12, file 2); Training, 1917-1918 (folder 12, files 3-4); Trenches and dugouts, 1916, 1917 (folder 12, file 5); Trench mortars, 1918 (folder 12, file 6); Trophies, 1917-1918 (folder 12, file 7); War news, 1916 (folder 12, file 8); Water supply, 1917 (folder 12, file 9).

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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. 9-37-10 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized at Valcartier under Camp Order 241 of 2 September 1914, and was composed of recruits from Winnipeg and from the 96th Lake Superior Regiment of the Active Militia. The battalion was commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel L.J. Lipsett.

The battalion embarked at Quebec on 1 October 1914 aboard FRANCONIA, disembarking in England on 14 October 1914. Its strength was 47 officers and 1106 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 18th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 23 March 1919, disembarked in Canada on 4 May 1919, was demobilized on 8 May 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion had a bear for a mascot, but had no colours. Its brass band played "Pork, beans and hard tack" and used the instruments of the 125th Battalion.

The 8th Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Royal Winnipeg Rifles.

Additional information

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary, 18 Oct 1914 - 28 Feb 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4918, folders 369-371); Records of personnel (RG 9, III, Vol. 356, file 42); Accounts (RG 9, III, Vol. 381, file A-78-1); Discharges (RG 9, III, Vol. 415, file D-44-1); Band (RG 9, III, Vol. 587, file B-19-2); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 979, file P-25-3); Promotions, appointments (RG 9, III, Vol. 984, file P-83-3); Claim against officers' mess (RG 9, III, Vol. 1206, file C-23-5); Working pay of NCOs (RG 9, III, Vol. 1310, file P-3-5); Reinforcements (RG 9, III, Vol. 1522, file R-151-7); Regimental funds (RG 9, III, Vol. 1526, file R-222-7); War trophies. Machine guns, 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 3890, folder 46, file 11); Strength, Dec 1918 - Feb 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 3894, folder 57, file 30); Minor operations, 29 Jan 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4017, folder 34, file 3); Minor operations, 14 Nov 1916 - 28 Feb 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4017, folder 34, file 7); Minor operations, 30 Jan 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4017, folder 34, file 8); Transfer of 90th Battn band (RG 9, III, Vol. 4045, folder 2, file 4); Machine gun reports (RG 9, III, Vol. 4049, folder 14, files 1-4); Officers, records of service (RG 9, III, Vol. 4051, folder 18, file 8); Operations. Thiepval, 26-27 Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4051, folder 19, file 6); Operations. Somme, 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4051, folder 19, file 8); Operations. Passchendaele, 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4052, folder 21, file 2); Operations. Amiens, 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 4); Operations. Drocourt - Queant Line 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 6); Operations. Canal du Nord, 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4052, folder 22, file 7); Minor operations, 25 Nov 1916 - 28 Feb 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4053, folder 24, file 1); Reports on operations, 26-27 Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4053, folder 24, file 22); Operation orders, 22 Sept 1916 - 14 Aug 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4055, folder 30, file 2); Minor operations, 13 Dec 1917 - 21 Jan 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4065, folder 2, file 15); Minor operations, 25 Nov 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4065, folder 2, file 17); Operation orders, 21 Feb 1917 - 5 April 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4077, folder 4, file 16); Minor operations, 28 Feb 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4319, folder 9, file 14); Badges (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 17); Flag (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 17); Historical record (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 16); Honours and awards (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 18); Wire - cutting exploit, 22-23 March 1916, of Cpt. W. Boyle, Ptes E.A. Jones and J.H. Matkin (St. Eloi) (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 21); Operations, Ypres, April 1915 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 20); Minor operations, 14 May 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 22); Operations, Hill 70, 15 Aug 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 23); Photographs (RG 9, III, Vol. 4691, folder 48, file 24); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1914 (RG 9, III B3, Vol. 79); Argyll House file (RG 9, III, Vol. 3002, file V-4-33); Promotion, appointments (RG 9, III, Vol. 2908, file P-28-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1539, file HQ 683-134-1); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1553, file HQ 683-134-2); History (RG 24, Vol. 1539, file HQ 683-134-3); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1904, file DHS 5-7-7); No 3 loy. Ypres (RG 24, Vol. 1831, file GAQ 7-45). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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