Wednesday, July 29, 2015
November 1914, Lieutenant-Colonel H.S. Tobin and the 29th Bn.
March 1915 the 47th Bn commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel W.N. Winsby.
Lieutenant-Colonel H.B. Hulme and the 62nd Bn went to war in July of 1915.
September 1915, the 72nd Bn and Lieutenant-Colonel J.A. Clark.
The militia was reconstituted after the war. Its regiments were designated "continuing units" of certain of the battalions and they carried their battle honours.
If veteran officers and men of the battalions joined the militia, they naturally gravitated towards to "continuing unit" if possible. That being said, none of the battalions were formed or in any way represented militia units during 1914-18.
"own" throughout the war. The exploits of the 72nd at the taking of Vimy Ridge were proudly marked up to the credit of Vancouver's "boys".
The progress of World War I is beyond the scope of Vancouver's story but it affected the city. Our boys had a baptism by fire at Second Ypres in which battalions 7th and 16th were blooded.
The Canadians had a quiet introductory tour of duty but that changed when they went into the line in the critical Ypres salient. Trenches were practically non-existent and the artillery was limited to three shells per day per gun. The infantry's Ross rifles proved difficult to manage because they had ammunition for British Lee-Enfields.
"You must hang on and take care of your left."
And they did. They faced furious German attacks during the night of the 22nd and the 16th battalion took part in the famous counter-attack on Kitchener's Wood. When dawn broke on the 23rd, of the 1100-man battalion, only five officers and 263 other ranks were left but they continued to hold.
I would say that the "colonials" proved themselves.
I hope you find the beauty around you.