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The 21st Battalion CEF

Forming up at Kingston

 

 The Kingston Armouries in 1915

 

 The Cereal Factory (used as barracks) in 1915

 The Headquarters for the 21st Battalion was located in the Kingston Armouries
(current address, 100 Montreal St., Kingston ON)

 

 A survey map showing the Cereal Factory location where half of the Battalion was housed in late 1914, early 1915.  It is on the west side of Gore St. about 150' south of Ontario St.
(Current address, 20 Gore St., Kingston ON)

 

 

Kingston

Officers in 1914

 

 

Battalion
November 21, 1914

 

  Officers
November 21, 1914

 

Kingston

 F Coy

 

 F Coy

D Coy

 "A" Company
November 21, 1914

 

"B" Company
November 21, 1914

 

 "C" Company
November 21, 1914

  "D" Company
November 21, 1914

F Coy

F Coy

Kingston

Kingston

"E" Company
November 21, 1914

 

 

"F" Company
November 21, 1914
"G" Company
November 21, 1914
"H" Company
November 21, 1914

 

C Coy soccer team
No 11 Platoon, "C" Company Soccer Team

 

badge non coms QM Stores QM Sgts Kingston
21st Battalion Badge

 

NCOs
February 10, 1915

 

Quartermaster's Staff
at Kingston
Quartermaster's Sgts In England In Kingston
Renfrew Boys non coms Feb 1, 1915 Feb 8, 1915 Feb 20, 1915
The men from Renfew who volunteered
(photo from The Daily British Whig, November 10, 1914)

 

4 men with Ross Mk III rifles in full marching order  winter 1914-15

Adds in the Britsh Whig in support of the 21st Battalion that appeared during February 1915.

Cartoon
A cartoon from the "Communiqué", the newsletter of the
21st Battalion Assc.
Depicts Sgt Jordan (later RSM) giving drill to the "awkward squad"

 

Departing for England

 

RMS Metagama

Metagama

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On board the SS Metagama
 

 

Training at Sandling Camp & Tolsford Hill

 

No 1 Coy No 3 Coy No 3 Coy No 3 Coy 3 coy
No 1 Coy No 3 Coy

 

No 3 Coy No 3 Coy 3 Coy
shepherd Officers parade Sigs Sect sigs section
Lt Shepherd with
No 3 Coy,
No 1 Platoon

 

Officers On Parade Sigs Section Sigs Sect
sigs section Sandling Camp 1915 practice coffee training
Trench
telephone stn.
Sandling Camp Cutting the enemy's wire

 

Coffee Break Training at Tolsford
emma gees Paudash Art Redpath MG Section tolsforde
Emma Gees George Paudash
& W Hopkins

 

Art Redpath & the
pet crows
Lionel Parker (with x over head) and the Machine Gun Section's pet crows

 

Digging trenches
Cook Staff - 1915 Field Kitchen Restored Field Kitchen 4th Brigade Poem snipers
The cook-house staff
in 1915
The field kitchens
at Shorncliffe

 

A restored field kitchen A poem for the brigade writen by
Pte A Morris
of the 20th Battalion

 

21st BN
Specialists
Queens Military Hospital Queens Military Hospital Musketry School Hythe England Sgts and WOs in 1915
The Queen's Canadian Military Hospital
that served both the Shorncliffe and West Sandling Camps
The photo on the right shows the additions that were added to handle the troops

 

 

The Musketry School
at Hythe, near Sandling Camp
The Sgts and WOs at Sandling Camp
in 1915

Transportation at Sandling Camp

 

truck Staff Car car Model T
Division Transport Staff Car  

 

Staff Car Staff Car
wagon wagon
Transport Wagon

 

Miscellaneous Photos

 

Officers officers The Officers in 1918 group 5 Officers
3 Officers Officers at lunch The Officers as of
Spring - 1918
The Battalion Officers in 1919

 

5 Officers
Officers
Top row L-R Lt Audette MC, Lt Mempes MC, Lt Mowatt, Capt Christmas, Lt More MC, Lt Frazer MC,
3rd row L-R Lt Barber, Lt Sawell MC, Capt Ludlow MC, Lt Wiggins, Lt Jones, Capt McCusker MC, Capt Gillman,
2nd row L-R Capt Davidson MC, Maj Miller DSO MC, Maj Cooper Croix de Guerre, ALCol Elmitt DSO, Maj Pense DSO MC,
                  Maj Kidd MC, Lt Deane MC,
Bottom L-R Lt Govan, Lt HJ Wood, Lt Currie, Lt Widdifield, Lt Cockeram DSO, Lt Irwin MC

Note: Rank shown is rank at the time the photo was taken.
Several were promoted at a later date

 

group Pte W Clifford The Columbia Trench Sigs Section 1917
Lt ST Crooks MC with his platoon Pte Walter Clifford pictured using a shovel as a guitar.   Peering over his shoulder is Sgt JT Dutton.  The others with them in the trench are unknown.

 

L-R Bill Coleman, Dave Kemp, & Alex McLellan
in the Columbia Trench
New Year's Day 1918
The Signals Section
1917
officers The Sgts Coburg Boys Cup presented to Pte F Jocham Blanche
Officer's Mess
in the field

 

The Sergeants Some Sgts from Coburg Cup presented to
Pte F Jocham MM
by city of
Woodstock ON

 

CO and Blanche
Blanche Blanche LCol HE Pense Unknown Piper brighton men
L-R  Elmer Turner,
"Andy" Anderson
Blanche
the CO's horse
LCol Harry Pense
in a dugout near the front lines
The name & number of this piper are unknown.  Can you identify him?  Note the collar dogs, the rare C/21

 

6 Brighton Men
The Sugar Factory The Sugar Factory The Sugar Factory Hospital at Etaples France
The Sugar Factory at Courcelette during and
after the battle in 1916
Photo on right courtesy of the Canadian War Museum

 

The Hospital at Etaples France where many men were taken for treatment after leaving the Casualty Clearing Stations.
Some Snipers Sniper Post
21st Battalion snipers in Fall of 1916
In front with binoculars is Ted Lovell
Sitting L-R Scott Montgomery, James Northey, Peter Comego, John Barber, Johnson Paudash
Back row L-R Arthur Northey, Wilbert Webster, Lionel Jonas
Sniper Position in Courcelette Village
December 1917

On the left is spotter Pte L Jonas and on the right is sniper Cpl J Paudash.  In the rear appears to be a happy German POW

This photo was staged for the press

 

wire cutter wire cutter Trench Periscope Trench Periscope Trench Periscope
Above are 2 views of a barb wire cutter that was attached to a Ross Rifle On the left are 2 views of a trench periscope and case manufactured in Kingston Ontario.  On the right is a photo of 2 different trench periscopes

 

group

 

Niagara Cemetery
"A" Company, most are unidentified, those known are:
in front with towel is Bert Swann, behind Bert, holding a cup is Victor Fraser, on his left is Teddy Day, with Jimmie Howarth on extreme right of that row.
Wes Cole is kneeling in the centre in rear of Swann, with A Baker second from the right kneeling.

 

Richardson Military Convalescent Home, Kingston ON, June 1917

On extreme left is Cpl G Lighthead and on his right is Pte S Johnson

 

Scouts Northey and Southey
Courtesy of Carol Cannon

August 1918

 

Kingston Kingston Kingston Kingston Kingston
A modern day view of the battlefield of August 26-27, 1918

 

A view of the 21st Battalion line from the German lines, August 26-27, 1918 The billets that the Battalion were sent to on  August 29, 1918 More of the billets that the Battalion were sent to on  August 29, 1918 An old school that was likely part of the Battalion billets on August 29, 1918
Special thank you to Gary Long for the above photos taken during his battlefield tour in 2011

 

Some of the Memorials and Cemeteries
where the 21st Battalion is honoured both in Europe and Canada

 

Ridgemount Cemeter Tyne Cot Cemetery Niagara Cemetery Menin Gate Menin Gate
Ridgewood Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

 

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

 

Niagara Cemetery
Iwuy France
The Menin Gate
Ypres, Belgium
(Look through the arch on the left at the building straight ahead and note the Canadian Flag)

 

Bowmanville Cenotaph Bowmanville Cenotaph Brighton Cenotaph Bowmanville Cenotaph Colborne Memorial Colborne Memorial
The Cenotaph at
Bowmanville ON

 

The Memorial at
Brighton ON
The Memorial at
Colborne ON
Marmora Memorial Bedford House Cemetery Entrance Bedford House Cemetery
The Memorial at
Marmora ON
Bedford House Cemetery
Belgium

 

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