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26th Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1915-1918

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.4 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of the battalion's activities. Volume 4121 includes the following files: Administration instructions, 21 Oct - 18 Dec 1917 (folder 1, file 1); Allotment of land for agriculture, 14 March 1917 - 4 Feb 1918 (folder 1, file 2); Aircraft, 6 July 1917 - 10 March 1918 (folder 1, file 3); Small arms and ammunition, 24 March 1916 - 1 March 1918 (folder 1, file 4); Artillery, 19 Jan 1916 - 22 Jan 1918 (folder 1, file 5); Good conduct badges, 24 Sept 1916 (folder 1, file 6); Billets and billeting, 10 July 1917 - 13 March 1918 (folder 1, file 7); Bombs and grenades, 21 Aug 1917 - 31 Jan 1918 (folder 1, file 8); Burials and cemeteries, 31 Aug-19 Oct 1917 (folder 1, file 9); Casualties, 6 Sept 1915 - 31 Dec 1918 (folder 1, files 10-13); Claims re property damage, 15 Dec 1916 - 31 March 1917 (folder 1, file 14); Clothing and equipment, 17 March 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4121, file 1, file 15); Codes, 15 Sept-8 Dec 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4121, file 1, file 16); Lecture re battle of Ypres, 12 Oct 1917 - 5 March 1918 (folder 1, file 17); Defences, 1915-1918 (folder 2, files 1-3); Defence schemes, 1917 (folder 2, files 4-5); Discipline, 3 Feb 1916 - 23 Nov 1917 (folder 2, file 6); Dispositions, 30 Jan-22 Feb 1918 (folder 2, file 7); Establishment returns, 24 Nov 1917 (folder 2, file 8); Gas, 23 May 1915 - 6 March 1918 (folder 2, file 9); Machine and Lewis guns, 26 Sept 1916 - 2 Aug 1918 (folder 2, file 10); Honours and awards, 12 Jan-5 April 1916 (folder 2, file 11); Intelligence, other than summaries, 2 Aug 1917 - 14 Feb 1918 (folder 2, file 12); Correspondence re maps, 8 Sept 1917 - 7 March 1918 (folder 2, file 13); Medical: trench foot, 6 Oct 1917 (folder 2, file 14); Artillery memorial, Vimy Ridge, 30 Dec 1917 (folder 2, file 15); Mining, 2 Aug 1917 (folder 2, file 16); Moves and reliefs, 17 Nov 1915 - 22 Nov 1917 (folder 2, file 17). Volume 4122 includes the following files: Nominal rolls, 2 Nov 1914 - 21 June 1916 (folder 3, file 1); Officers, 22 Oct 1915 - 3 Jan 1918 (folder 3, file 2); Operations. Wytschate - Messines (Kemmel), 11-12 Oct 1915 (folder 4, file 1); Operations. Mount Sorrel, 5 June 1916 (folder 4, file 2); Operations. Hill 70, 15 Aug - 14 Sept 1917 (folder 4, file 3); Operations. Passchendaele, 29 Oct-26 Nov 1917 (folder 4, file 4); Minor operations, 6 July-22 Nov 1916 (folder 4, file 8); Minor operations, 7 Feb-6 March 1918 (folder 4, file 9); Minor operations, German report re, 3 Dec 1917 - 14 Jan 1918 (folder 4, file 12); Operation orders, 1915-1918 (folder 4, files 13-15); Routine orders, 1915-917 (folder 4, files 16-20); Battalion orders, Pts I and II, 13 April-9 Sept 1915 (folder 5, files 1-2). Volume 4123 includes the following files: Battalion orders, Pts I and II, 17 Oct 1915 - 26 Dec 1917 (folder 6, files 1-3); Patrol reports, 24 Jan 1917 - 24 Jan 1918 (folder 7, file 1); Paymasters' correspondence, 19 Dec 1916 - 12 March 1917 (folder 7, file 2); Supernumerary NCOs, 5 June- 4 Dec 1917 (folder 7, file 3); Official photographers, 20 Oct 1917 (folder 7, file 4); Correspondence re aeroplane photos, 31 Jan 1918 (folder 7, file 5); Pigeon services, 22 Oct - 14 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 6); Cdn prisoners of war, 24 July - 29 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 7); Scheme of obtaining information by means of coal gas balloons, 10 Oct 1917 - 5 Feb 1918 (folder 7, file 8); Movement of troops on light railways, 25 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 9); Rations, 22 Feb 1918 (folder 7, file 10); Reconnaissance, 26 Jan - 4 March 1918 (folder 7, file 11); Reinforcements, 22 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 12); Remounts, 13 March-26Aug 1918 (folder 7, file 13); Sanitation, 30 April 1916 - 27 Dec 1917 (folder 7, file 14); Salvage, 17-22 Dec 1917 (folder 7, file 15); Signal service, 25 April 1916 - 10 March 1918 (folder 7, file 16); Signals, 9 Sept-2 Dec 1917 (folder 7, file 17); Trench stores, 9 March 1916 - 23 Jan 1918 (folder 7, file 18); Stores, 9 July 1917 - 29 Aug 1917 (folder 7, file 19); Strength, 16 Sept 1915 - 28 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 20); Training, 14-30 June 1917 (folder 7, file 21); Transport and traffic, 26 Nov 1917 - 15 Feb 1918 (folder 7, file 22); Trophies, 31 May - 30 Nov 1917 (folder 7, file 23); Correspondence re war diaries, 25 July 1916 - 21 Dec 1917 (folder 7, file 24).

Textual records
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Volume
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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. 9-37-21 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized in November 1914 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.L. McAvity, under authorization published in General Order 36 of 15 March 1915. The battalion was mobilized at Saint John and recruited in New Brunswick.

The battalion embarked at Halifax on 15 June 1915 aboard CALEDONIAN, disembarking in England 22 June 1915. Its strength was 42 officers and 1008 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 15 September 1915, becoming part of the 2nd Canadian Division, 5th Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 13th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 11 April 1919, arrived in Canada on 16 May 1919, was demobilized on 17 May 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion supported both pipe and brass bands. The battalion colours were deposited in Trinity Church, Saint John on 7 May 1922.

The 26th Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Saint John Fusiliers.

Additional information

Source of title
Title is based on the contents of the sub-series.

Accruals
No further accruals are expected.

Related materials
For related records found elsewhere in this fonds, see the following files: War diary, 2 Nov 1914 - 10 May 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4934, folders 420-421); Overseas Ministry file (RG 9, III, Vol. 82, file 10-9-88); Muster parades (RG 9, III, Vol. 452, file M-48-1); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 980, file P-38-3); Reinforcements (RG 9, III, Vol. 1357, file R-23-5); Strength, 5 Dec 1918 - 19 Feb 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 3894, folder 58, file 3); Minor operations (RG 9, III, Vol. 4053, folder 24, file 5); Minor operations, 24 Dec 1916 - 22 May 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4092, folder 27, file 4); Operation order, 22 Nov 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4116, folder 4, file 17); Defence schemes, 21 Dec 1915 - 29 June 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4118, folder 1, file 5); Correspondence re badges (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 2); Historical record (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 1); Honours and awards (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 3); Operations. St. Eloi, 21 May 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 5); Operations. Mount Sorrel, 30 June 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, files 6-7); Operations. Somme, 15 Sept, 23-24 Nov 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, files 8-9); Operations, Hill 70, Aug 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 10); Minor operations, 5 April 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 11); Correspondence re photographs (RG 9, III, Vol. 4693, folder 54, file 4); Nominal roll on embarkation, 1915 (RG 9, IIB3, Vol. 79); Promotions, appointments (RG 9, III, Vol. 2908, file P-41-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1379, file HQ 593-6-1-26); Offer of colours by Women's Canadian Club (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-1); Pay and paysheets (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-2); Inspection reports, clothing and equipment (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-3); Capt. H.R.R. Sims (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-4); Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-5); Designation (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-6); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1509, file HQ 683-7-7); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1905, file DHS 5-7-20); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 4578, file 7D. 27-2-3). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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