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52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion [textual record]. 

Sub-series consists of

Date(s)

1915-1918

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

0.2 m of textual records

Scope and content

Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of its activities. Volume 4196 includes the following files: Operation orders, 29 Dec 1916 - 14 July 1918 (folder 6, file 5); Accommodation, Gordon, 4 Jan 1916 (folder 1, file 1); Defence against aircraft, 19 April-22 May 1918 (folder 1, file 3); Camp area commandants, 11 July 1917 (folder 1, file 4); Sir Sam Hughes's statement re casualties, Mount Sorrel, 13 July 1916 (folder 1, file 5); Location of cemeteries, 9 Feb 1917 (folder 1, file 6); Notes on Canadian Corps conference, 30 March-12 June 1917 (folder 1, file 7); Battalion defence schemes, 3 Aug 1916 - 12 July 1917 (folder 1, file 8); Designation, 8-16 Nov 1916 (folder 1, file 9); Scheme for silhouetting enemy workparties, 3 Dec 1917 (folder 1, file 10); Dispositions, Colt and Lewis guns, 28-30 Oct 1916 (folder 1, file 11); Distribution of enemy forces, First and Second Army fronts (folder 1, file 12); Co-operation of infantry and engineers, 29 Dec 1916 (folder 1, file 13); Battalion establishment, 14 Jan-27 Feb 1917 (folder 1, file 14); Accounts and claims, 10 Feb 1916-15 Aug 1917 (folder 1, file 15); Gas, 1 Feb-30 Aug 1917 (folder 1, file 16). Volume 4197 includes the following files: Historical record, 15 May 1915 - 29 May 1917 (folder 1, file 17); Honours and awards, 30 Sept 1917 (folder 1, file 18); Intelligence, 26 Nov 1915 - 9 May 1917 (folder 1, file 19); Organization of MG battalions (folder 1, file 20); Memorial at La Folie Farm, 29 June 1917 (folder 1, file 21); Seniority of officers, 20 June 1917 (folder 1, file 22); Operations. Mount Sorrel, 10-21 June 1916 (folder 1, file 23); Operations. Vimy Ridge, 5-20 April 1917 (folder 1, file 24); Operations. Amiens, 7 Aug 1918 (folder 1, file 25); Operations. Bourlon Wood, 26 Sept 1918 (folder 1, file 26); Minor operations, 8 June 1917 - 26 Feb 1918 (folder 2, file 1); Notes on operations by Corps Commander, 27 May 1917 (folder 2, file 2); Operation orders, 8 Oct 1916 - 4 Sept 1918 (folder 2, file 3); Routine orders, Shorncliffe, 13-30 Nov 1915 (folder 2, file 5); Routine orders, 17th Inf Bde, Bramshott, 15 Dec 1915 - 24 Jan 1916 (folder 2, file 6); Daily orders, Pts I and II, 5 May 1915 - 26 Jan 1916 (folder 2, file 7); Prisoners of war, 4 March - 21 April 1917 (folder 3, file 1); Trench stores, 28 Dec 1915 (folder 3, file 2); Stores, 15 March 1915 - 1 Jan 1916 (folder 3, file 3); Tanks, 28 April-5 May 1918 (folder 3, file 4); Training, 5 Jan 1916 - 13 Aug 1917 (folder 3, files 5-7); Railway and ocean transport rates (folder 3, file 8); Employment of trench mortars, 17 May 1918 (folder 3, 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. 9-37-38 90 (Electronic)

Biography / Administrative history

The 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized in March 1915 under the command of Lt. Col. A.W. Hay, under authorization published in General Order 86 of 1 July 1915. It was mobilized at Port Arthur and recruited in Port Arthur, Kenora, Fort Francis, Fort William and Dryden.

Initial drafts consisting of a total of 5 officers and 250 other ranks were sent to England on 17 June and 4 September 1915. The battalion itself embarked at Saint John on 23 November 1915 aboard CALIFORNIA, disembarking in England on 2 December 1915. Its strength was 40 officers and 1032 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 21 February 1916, becoming part of the 3rd Canadian Division, 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 18th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 11 February 1919, disembarked in Canada on 24 March 1919, was demobilized on 30 March 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.

The regimental colour was donated by the Princess Beatrice Chapter of the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire (IODE), Port Arthur. The Kings' colour was donated by the Busy Bee Club, Fort William and was presented by Sir Arthur Currie at Tournai on 3 February 1919. It was later deposited in St. John's Church, Port Arthur. The battalion supported a brass band.

The 52nd Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Lake Superior Regiment.

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, 20 Feb 1916 - 16 March 1919 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4941, folders 442-443); Inspection, 1915-1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 51, file 8-6-58); Overseas Ministry file (RG 9, III, Vol. 82, file 10-9-81); Canteens, messes (RG 9, III, Vol. 400, file C-191-1); Organization, orderly room (RG 9, III, Vol. 471, file O-66-1); Canteens, messes (RG 9, III, Vol. 616, file C-95-2); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 982, file P-57-3); Nominal rolls of officers (RG 9, III, Vol. 2235, file N-31-29); Promotions (RG 9, III, Vol. 2238, file P-8-29); Minor operations, 6 Dec 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 3858, folder 84, file 13); Trophies, 3 Oct-8 Nov 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 3890, folder 46, file 27); Operations. Courcelette, Sept 1916 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4011, folder 17, file 7); Minor operations. Avion, 26 Feb 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4017, folder 34, file 15); Minor operations, 26-27 Feb 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4028, folder 17, file 13); Minor operations, 3 Sept 1917 - 27 Feb 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4149, folder 15, file 4); Minor operations, 27 April 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4154, folder 8, file 7); Standing orders aboard S.S. California, Nov 1915 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4156, folder 13, file 2); Minor operations, 3 Dec 1916 - 28 April 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4190, folder 9, file 5); Operation orders, 19 April 1915 - 6 Feb 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4191, folder 13, file 5); Minor operations, 25 Feb 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4199, folder 7, file 5); Operation orders, 25 June 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4200, folder 8, file 10); Operation orders, 29 Nov 1916 - 11 Feb 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4202, folder 1, file 5); Minor operations, 4 April 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4268, folder 24, file 8); Badges (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 2); Historical record (incl. recruiting) (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 1); Honours and awards, 22-23 Oct 1918 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 3); Minor operations, 3-4 Sept 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 5); Operation Passchendaele, 26 Oct 1917 (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 6); Correspondence re photographs (RG 9, III, Vol. 4696, folder 61, file 4); Inspection reports prior to leaving Canada (RG 9, IIB5, Vol. 5); Nominal roll on embarkation from Canada, 1915 (RG 9, IIB3, Vol. 79); Promotions, appointments (RG 9, III, Vol. 2908, file P-54-33). For related records found in the Department of National Defence fonds, see the following files: Appointment of officers (RG 24, Vol. 1380, file HQ 593-6-1-52); Inspection reports, clothing and equipment (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-1); Funds misused in purchase of meals (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-2); Heaters for tents (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-3); Report on Lt.-Col Hay re work (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-4); Burning of bell tent (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-5); Mobilization accounts (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-7); Badges (RG 24, Vol. 1527, file HQ 683-73-8); Pay and paysheets (RG 24, Vol. 1528, file HQ 683-73-9); Presentation of colours (RG 24, Vol. 1528, file HQ 683-73-10); Demobilization (RG 24, Vol. 1528, file HQ 683-73-11); History (RG 24, Vol. 1528, file HQ 683-73-12); GAQ file (RG 24, Vol. 1829, file GAQ 7-40); MD 4 file (RG 24, Vol. 4476, file 4D. 20-10-A); MD 10 file (RG 24, Vol. 4594, file 10D. 20-10-A); DHS file (RG 24, Vol. 1906, file DHS 5-7-35). This information is based on Barbara Wilson's unpublished Guide to the Sources of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.

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