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Tuesday, October 13 2015
Last Updated on Tuesday, October 13 2015

1915 – October to December

Fourteen months after the start of the First World War, on October 9, 1915, the main body of the 49th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), with 30 officers and 890 other ranks, departed from Folkestone, England and arrived at Boulogne, France.  Three days later they were 20 km behind the Ypres, Belgian, front lines.   

Tuesday, October 13 2015
Last Updated on Thursday, January 21 2016

The seventh in a series of quarterly newsletters recognizing 100th anniversary events of the First World War is now ready.  We are continuing to highlight significant and/or interesting events, people, stories and artifacts from that war with an emphasis on Edmonton and the 49th Battalion. 

Thursday, July 09 2015


In the summer of 1915, the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division was about to join the 1st Division in France to form the Canadian Corps.  A third division was already in the works.  New units were needed for the expanding Corps and replacements were needed by the units already fighting in the front lines.  Across Canada new infantry battalions were being authorized to meet those needs.  In Edmonton, two new battalions started recruiting – the 63rd and the 66th.

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