The 21st Battalion CEF
This website is a photo tribute to the 21st Battalion CEF that formed in Kingston Ontario in 1914 and proceeded first to England, then on to France to fight in the Great War. The site is made possible by the many contributions from descendents of 21st Battalion members.
Special recognition must go to the members of the 21sters Yahoo Group. Their members relentlessly scour the old newspapers and cemeteries for photos and stories about the Battalion to contribute to the site. They are the force that drives this website, as the webmaster, I simply post their discoveries.
21st Battalion's Journey Through the War
Rob Wood has compiled a map wth online Mapquest to trace the footsteps of the 21st Battalion from their entry into France in 1915 through their departure in 1919. It not only shows the locations, but has added notes from his grandfather's diary and the battalion's war diary for each location. If you wish to follow the battalion's movements in a visual mode, go to the Mapquest link here Depending on your computers speed, it may take a few seconds to load.
Thank you Rob for taking the time to do this
Richard Ingram, militaria collector, author and living history expert from the UK , is posing in the Canadian War Museum trench as a private in the 21st Battalion, CEF during the 90th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, 9 April, 2007. To commemorate this important anniversary, The Friends of the CWM hosted an interactive exerience at the CWM in which members of the public could investigate Great War period uniforms and equipment, taste samples of a soldiers ration, listen to period music provided by the Pipes and Drums of the Essex and Kent Scottish Regiment and meet with experienced living history experts.
Photograph by Ed Storey and reproduced with permission
21st Battalion History
Stephen J Nichol spent close to 11 years researching and writing a history of the 21st Battalion. His book, Ordinary Heroes, has sold out 3 printings. I highly recommend that this book be read if you have an interest in the battalion. Copies are frequently available for sale online, however the Kingston, Ontario public library has a copy and if you live in Canada, it should be available on an inter-library loan.
21st Battalion at Vimy Ridge
Webmaster, Al Lloyd, has published a book The 21st Battalion's Sacrifice at Vimy Ridge, the story of the 72 men of the 21st Battalion killed during the attack on Vimy Ridge, April 9 - 13, 1917. More information about the book and how to order here at this link.
Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation
As the webmaster for this website, on Monday November 29, 2010, I was honoured by Veterans Affairs Canada with this award. It was in recognition for the creation and maintenance of this website. The citation for the award reads:
"Mr. Lloyd was with the Canadian
Forces for six years; with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery and the Royal Canadian Air
Force. He is also a long·time history buff and is a member of an electronic discussion
group devoted to the history of the 21st Battalion. The 2lst Battalion was raised in
Kingston, Ontario to provide men for Canada's First World War effort. Five years ago while
scanning historical photographs onto his computer, Mr. Lloyd thought that perhaps other
members of his discussion group would like to view them. The overwhelming interest
prompted Mr. Lloyd to create the website
World War effort. Five years ago while scanning historical photographs onto his computer, Mr. Lloyd thought that perhaps other members of his discussion group would like to view them. The overwhelming interest prompted Mr. Lloyd to create the website
"2lstbattalion.ca." This is now
the authoritative site for the battalion and a repository of remembrance for the hundreds
who served. The website became so popular with descendants and historians that Mr. Lloyd
moved the site off a free web-hosting and purchased his own domain. The site is a
bottom-up View of the battalion, focussing on the lives of privates, corporals and other
ranks who formed the bulk of the wartime citizen's army. Mr. Lloyd is also a regular
volunteer at the Princess of Wales Own Regiment Museum. In December, 2009, Mr. Lloyd was
named one of the top 25 Canadians by CARP, an organization representing Canadians over the
age of 50. "
I will be forever grateful to Veterans Affairs for this. For more information, visit their website at this link
A new section has been added to these pages with photos of unidentified photos of 21st Battalion men. Please visit this page to see if you can identify any of these heroes
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|The Battalion Mascot Nan||Bands & Mascots
Germany then Home
|Kingston, England and France|
|The Kit Shop
|Post Cards of the
|Soldier's Tributes||Photo Credits||Unphotographed
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