Friday, 15 May 2009

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.

There's a lot to read on this site, including the transcription of the diary of Company Sergeant Major Lou Verdon.

He is perhaps an extreme example of a recent British immigrant who signed up early in the war. Born in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire, England, he came to Canada in July 1914. He had a police background, stayed initially with his brother in Ottawa, joined the Dominion Police and the Governor General's Footguards. By 6 November he was attested to the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario and, less than a year after he left, was back in England as a member of the CEF.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi John
Have you seen a fellow Kingstonian's web site ?
It's been a long time work of Al Lloyd and is done in conjunction with the 21sters Discussion group
By the way, the 90th anniversary of the return of the 21st to Kingston occurs on the 24th May 2009. A commemoration will be held at the 21st Btn Cenotaph in City Park at 11:00 AM on the 23rd May
John P Sargeant
21sters Discussion Group