Friday, May 29, 2020

The Sombra Museum Remembers

This year marks the centenary of the Armistice, the end of World War One, observed at 11am on November 11, 1918.

Many soldiers from Lambton County and specifically St. Clair Township joined the war effort and headed Overseas as part of the 149th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Many were wounded or made the ultimate sacrifice.

After the ‘Lambtons’ were shipped to England in March 1917, they were absorbed into the 25th and 4th Reserve Battalions.

As a tribute of remembrance to all of those who served from Lambton County, over the next week I will post daily exerts from the War Diaries of the 4th Battalion from this same period leading up to to Armistice.

War Diaries are the official record kept to record the activities of military units during the war.

The following are the records of the 4th Reserve Battalion dated from November 1 and 2, 1918, and are copied from the official records on the Library and Archives Canada website.
*Note* M.J. is Lt. Col. M. Joseph, the Commanding Officer of the Battalion.

“1st Nov, 1918 Witley. Fine. Commencing this date Reveille will be at 0600. Retreat 1600. Training will cease at 1600.” M.J.

“2nd Nov 1918 Fine. Football Match. Final of Basket-ball Competition. Won by “D.” Coy.” M.J.

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