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 http://members.kos.net/21stbattalion/ ?
It's been a long time work of Al Lloyd and is done in conjunction with the 21sters Discussion group http://groups.yahoo.com/group/21sters/
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