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.
If you would like information about the battalion, or it's soldiers, please post a request in the Guest Book and a researcher will contact you.
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.
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 2 printings, and there are a limited number of copies remaining from the 3rd printing. If you are interested in acquiring a copy of this well written, hard cover history of the 21st Battalion, contact Steve directly at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
supports the General Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Project whose mandate is to place a statue
of General Currie in his home town of Strathroy Ontario.
Please visit their website at
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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Germany then Home
|Kingston, England and France|
|The Kit Shop
|Post Cards of the
|Soldier's Tributes||Photo Credits||Unphotographed
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