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Sub-series consists of records created and/or maintained by the 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion, and document many aspects of its activities.
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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. 9-37-46 90 (Electronic)
Biography / Administrative history
The 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion was organized in February 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W.N. Winsby, under authorization published in General Order 86 of 1 July 1915. The battalion was mobilized in New Westminster and recruited in New Westminster, Vancouver and Victoria.
Three drafts comprising 5 officers and 250 other ranks, 4 officers and 244 other ranks, and 5 officers and 249 other ranks were sent to England on 17 June, 24 June and 1 October 1915. The battalion itself embarked at Montreal on 13 November 1915 aboard MISSINABIE, disembarking in England on 22 November 1915. Its strength was 36 officers and 1115 other ranks. The battalion arrived in France on 10 August 1916, becoming part of the 4th Canadian Division, 10th Canadian Infantry Brigade. It was later reinforced by the 24th Canadian Reserve Battalion. The battalion returned to England on 28 April 1919, disembarked in Canada on 4 June 1919, was demobilized on 6 June 1919, and was disbanded by General Order 149 of 15 September 1920.
The battalion published the "Weekly Chronicle of the 47th Battalion" for one year, beginning on 3 July 1915. It also published a photographic record for the years 1914 and 1915. The battalion supported brass, pipe and bugle bands. Its regimental air was "Brigade march of the 56th French". The battalion colours were presented by the people of New Westminster and were deposited in the armouries in 1919.
The 47th Canadian Infantry Battalion was perpetuated by The Westminster Regiment.
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