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42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1915-1919

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.40 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of its activities. Volume 4158 includes the following files: Small ammunition, 11 Jan 1916 - 18 Feb 1917 (folder 1, file 1); Aircraft, 26 May 1916 (folder 1, file 2); Artillery, 11 Jan 1916 - 18 Feb 1917 (folder 1, file 3); Billeting certificates, 1 Jan 1916 - 16 Feb 1918 (folder 1, file 4); Bombs and grenades, 28 Oct-16 Dec 1915 (folder 1, file 5); Casualty book, 8 April-30 July 1916 (folder 1, file 6); Conferences and lectures, 1 Jan-19 Dec 1916 (folder 1, file 7); Defences, 1 Dec 1915 - 18 July 1916 (folder 1, file 8); Electric bell alarm system, Grange craters, 30 Nov-5 Dec 1916 (folder 1, file 9); Discipline, 16 March-30 Dec 1915 (folder 1, file 10); Organization of Engineers Services, 6 Sept 1916 (folder 1, file 11); Gas, 23 May 1915 - 30 April 1916 (folder 1, file 12); Recommendations for honours and awards, 17 Sept 1916 - 27 April 1917 (folder 1, file 13); Intelligence, 30 May1916 - 7 March 1917 (folder 1, file 14); Review by Sir Robert Borden, 7-9 March 1917 (folder 1, file 15); Crater group letter boards, 19 Feb 1917 (folder 1, file 16); Allotment of stretchers, 19 Aug-20 Sept 1916 (folder 1, file 17); Report on mining Tidza and Nirkin Craters, 17-19 Dec 1916 (folder 1, file 18); Seniority of officers, 4 July-5 Oct 1916 (folder 1, file 19); Operations. Mount Sorrel, 2-9 June 1916 (folder 2, file 1); Operations. Somme, 18 March-1 Oct 1916 (folder 2, file 2); Operations. Courcelette, 15 Sept-19 Oct 1916 (folder 2, file 3); Operations. Ancre Heights (Regina Trench) 1-6 Oct 1916 (folder 2, file 4); Operations. Vimy Ridge, 21 March-24 May 1917 (folder 2, file 5); Operations. Canal du Nord, 25-30 Sept 1918 (folder 2, file 6); Minor operations, 25 June 1916 - 20 July 1917 (folder 2, file 7 ); Notes on operations, 27 Feb 1917 (folder 2, file 8 ). Volume 4159 includes the following files: Operation orders, 1 Jan 1916 - 1 Jan 1919 (folder 3, files 1-8 ); Battalion routine orders, 2 Aug 1915 - 30 March 1918 (folder 4, files 1-3); Part I and Part II daily orders, 10 Feb-31 July 1915 (folder 5, files 1-2); Parade states, 7-8 June 1917 (folder 5, file 3); Rations, 7-13 Feb 1917 (folder 5, file 4); Reliefs and moves, 31 Dec 1915 - 16 Nov 1916 (folder 5, file 5); Scouts, snipers and patrols, 25 Jan-13 Dec 1916 (folder 5, file 6); Trench stores, 25 Jan 1916 - 19 July 1917 (folder 5, file 7); Schools of instruction, 23 Aug 1916 - 12 Jan 1917 (folder 5, file 8); Notes on trenches and dugouts, 17 March-21 Nov 1916 (folder 5, file 9); Trophies, 17 April 1917 - 19 Jan 1918 (folder 5, file 10); Tunnelling in German lines, 23 Nov 1916 (folder 5, file 11).

Textual records
90: Open
Volume
from 4158 to 4159
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Archival reference no.
Former archival reference no.

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. 9-37-30 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized in February 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel G. S. Cantlie under authorization published in General Order 86 of 1 July 1915. The battalion mobilized and recruited in Montreal.

The battalion embarked at Montreal on 10 June 1915 aboard HESPERIAN, disembarking in England on 19 June 1915. Its strength was 40 officers and 978 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 9 September 1915, becoming part of the 3rd Canadian Division, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 20th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 8 February 1919, arrived in Canada on 9 March 1919, was demobilized on 11 March 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The battalion colours were deposited in the 5th Regiment (Royal Highland Regiment) Armoury in 1919. The battalion supported a pipe band.

The 42nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Black Watch (Royal Highland Regiment) of Canada.

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, 1 Oct 1915 - 28 Feb 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4938, folder 433); Reinforcements, 1915-1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 52, file 8-7-4); Muster parades (RG 9, III, Vol. 453, file M-108-1); Reinforcements (RG 9, III, Vol. 494, file R-152-1); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 981, file P-50-3); Nominal roll of officers (RG 9, III, Vol. 2234, file N-18-29); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 2238, file P-11-29); War trophies (RG 9, III, Vol. 3890, folder 96, file 16); Minor operations, 1 Jan-1 April 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4148, folder 14, file 16); Minor operations, 1 Jan 1917 - 24 April 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4154, folder 8, file 5); Operation orders, 16 Dec 1917 - 23 May 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4155, folder 11, file 7); Operation orders, 16 Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4183, folder 38, file 6); Operation orders, 13 Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4186, folder 2, file 2); Operation orders, 2 Aug 1916 - 19 May 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4196, folder 6, file 3); Operation orders, March 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4342, folder 3, file 30); Badges (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 15); Historical record (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 14); Honours and awards, 15-18 Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 16); Operations. Mount Sorrel, June 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, files 18-19); Operations. Somme, Sept-Oct 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, files 20-21); Report of raid on Common and Birkin craters 31 Dec 1916 - 1 Jan 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 22); Maps (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 23); Correspondence re photographs (RG 9, III, Vol. 4695, folder 57, file 17); Inspection reports prior to leaving Canada (RG 9, II B5, Vol. 5); Nominal roll on embarkation from Canada, 1915 (RG 9, II B3, Vol. 79); Argyll House file (RG 9, III, Vol. 3002, file V-7-33); Promotions, appointments (RG 9, III, Vol. 2908, file P-47-33); Colt guns (RG 9, III, Vol. 11, file 4-5-3). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1380, file HQ593-6-1-42); Clothing and equipment (RG 24, Vol. 1519, file HQ683-40-1); Mobilization accounts (RG 24, Vol. 1520, file HQ683-40-2); Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1520, file HQ683-40-3); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1520, file HQ683-40-4); History (RG 24, Vol. 1520, file HQ683-40-5); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1905, file DHS 5-7-27); Organization, 1915-1920 (RG 24, Vol. 4492, file 4D. 48-42-1); Honours and nominal rolls (RG 24, Vol. 2945); CEF Battns perpetuated by Black Watch (RG 24, Vol. 1828, file GAQ 7-25); Report on disturbance at Nevilles, 13 Dec 1918 (RG 24, Vol. 1845, file GAQ 11-25); This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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