Fonds high-1185 - 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion fonds

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10th Canadian Infantry Battalion fonds

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  • 1914 - 1920 (Creation)
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    10th Canadian Infantry Battalion 1914 - 1920

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1.25 m of textual records

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Units raised for the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) from 1914 to 1919 were mainly composite units derived from contributions of men from the various units of the Canadian Active Militia. The 10th Provisional Battalion, C.E.F., was organized at Valcartier Camp in September, 1914, from 846 of all ranks of the 103rd Regiment (Calgary Rifles), and from 665 of all ranks of the 106th Regiment (Winnipeg Light Infantry). The glory of the "Fighting Tenth" as it came to be known, is written in its casualty lists--4,586 casualties out of the 5,103 of all ranks who served with the unit through the First World War. The 10th Battalion has a long list of honors and awards--two Victoria Crosses, 19 Distinguished Service Orders(DSO), two of which had two bars and one of which carried one bar, 64 Military Crosses(MC) of which 15 had bars, 60 Distinguished Conduct Medals(DCM), 278 Military Medals(MM), one of which had two bars and 21 of which had one, six Military Service Medals(MSM), 18 Foreign Decorations and 819 Mentions in Dispatches(MID). The following were officially awarded as battle honors: "Ypres 1915, 1917", "Gravenstafel", "St.Julien", "Festubert, 1915", "Mount Sorrel", "Somme, 1916", "Thiepval", "Ancre Heights", "Arras, 1917, 1918", "Vimy, 1917", "Arleux", "Hill 70", "Passchendaele", "Amiens", "Scarpe, 1918", "Drocourt-Queant", "Hindenburg Line", "Canal du Nord", "Pursuit to Mons", "France and Flanders, 1915-18". The 10th Battalion was disbanded on 15 December 1919.

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The records came from a wide variety of sources including former Members of the Regiment.

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Consists of books; Flanders Field, Maple Leaf & Mud, and Gallant Canadians including the author's research material for this book. The Nominal Roll for the year 1915, Report on the Second Battle of Ypres-1915, Trench Standing Orders, Awards of Decoration, War Diaries dated Oct 1914 to Feb 1919, Attestation Papers, Officer's Declaration Papers, Military Maps of battle sites in Europe, Diaries for Cpl. W.R. Wittingham, R.J. Wilson, Personnel Files for Maj.Gen. D.M. Ormand, Col. D.L. Redman, Lt.Col. E. MacDonald, Lt.Col. R.L. Boyle, Lt.Col. W.A. Lowry, Lt.Col. J.G. Rattray, Lt.Col. A.T. Thomson, Major P.C. Guthrie, Major V.W. Odlum, Major J. McLaren, Major W.A. Cockshutt (related to Cockshutt Plow Plant), Capt. C.G. Arthur, Lt. D.C. Thomson, Lt. A.B. Christy, Lt. E.W. Pirie, Lt. G. Nuttal, Sgt. A.W. Bennett (includes diary), Sgt. J.R. Peebles (includes diary), L/Cpl. A.J. Davis (includes diary), and newsclippings from The Calgary Herald.

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A nominal roll database for the 10th Battalion is available via the Archives Network of Alberta. To access it now: press the "q" key three times, choose "Open database" from the bottom of the screen, then choose the "10TH_BN" database. You do not need a password, so simply press "enter" when one is requested.

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Record No. Files 50-1 to 59-1<br><br>

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