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Note: This blog was formerly maintained under topic Canadian Field Artillery - 61st Battery 14th Brigade, begun by Steve Bodie on 20 April 2009.

The last post in the former topic was on 12 February 2018.

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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 21.

 

King George V and General William Birdwood visit the graves of several notable soldiers including, the temporary grave of Prince Maurice of Battenburg, the King's one-time equerry Major Lord Charles Mercer-Nairne, Brigadier General Francis Aylmer Maxwell VC, CSI, DSO & Bar, and Major the Hon. William George Sidney Cadogan, the equerry to the Prince of Wales. Presentation of baton of the Marshal of France to Philippe Petain at Metz, 8 December 1918. Marshal Petain, Marshal Joseph Joffre, Marshal Ferdinand Foch, General Maxime Weygand (France), Field Marshal Douglas Haig (Britain), General John Pershing (USA), General Cyriaque Gillain (Belgium), General Alberico Albricci (Italy) and General Józef Haller (Poland) awaiting the arrival of French President Raymond Poincare.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadian Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Abner Virtue - 6st Fld Bty
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60th Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Outside Recht, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Recht, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Marcard, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Railway Bridge Bonn and Kirke, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Dedenburg & Bonn Railway Bridge, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Outside Amel, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Amel, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Moderscheid, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Outside Moderscheid, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Bullingen, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Outside Bullingen, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Outside Wirtzfeld, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Wirtzfeld, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Outside Krinkelt, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

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Krinkelt, Photo: Edward Walshe

 

https://youtu.be/P7dbZQqqY60

 

 

 

 

 


 

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 20.

 

King George V talks to the Bishop of Tournai, Monseigneur Croye, during a visit to 8th Divisional Headquarters at Tournai, 7th December 1918. The house had been used as HQ by Prince Rupprecht of Bavaria, and a strong concrete dug-out against air raids was one of the prominant features. With the King is General William Birdwood, the last General Officer Commanding Fifth Army before its disbandment and Major General William Heneker, General Officer Commanding 8th Division. Staff officers of 15th Division being presented to the King by General Hamilton Reed VC, General Officer Commanding 15th Div. at a cross-roads near Thumaide, 7th December 1918.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Abner Virtue - 6st Fld Bty
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60th Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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https://youtu.be/UnGCiMQLqI8

 

 

 

Poteau
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 19.

 

18th Hussars guarding bridges over the Rhine at Cologne, 6th December 1918. King George V presenting the Victoria Cross to Lance Sergeant Walter Simpson (also know as Arthur Evans) of the Lincolnshire Regiment, 6th Battalion and temporary Commander Daniel Beak, commanding the Drake Battalion of the Royal Naval Division, at Valenciennes, 6th December 1918. "The Gaieties" a Fifth Army Concert Party, run by actor Leslie Henson.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadian Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Abner Virtue- 61stFld Bty
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Arbrefontaine
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Arbrefontaine
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Salm Chateau
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Ville-du-Bois
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 18.

 

King George V inspecting the Royal Guard from the Canadian Corps provided by the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and was commanded by Captain G.W. Little, at Sebourg Chateau the King's Headquarters near Valenciennes, 5th December 1918. King George V; Edward, the Prince of Wales; Prince Albert; and General Henry Horne walking through Stambruges, 5 December 1918. Here the 175th Brigade was drawn up, under temporary command of Lieutenant Colonel Evelyn George Powell of the Grenadier Guards.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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Lt D'Esterre - 15th Bn
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadian Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Eglise Chauveherd
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Chauveherd
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En Floret
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Neucy
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 17.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadian Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Abner Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
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Hamoir

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Hamoir

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Ocquier

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Verlaine

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Verlaine-sur-Ourthe Chateau and Eglise

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Verlaine-sur-Ourthe Chateau

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Verlaine-sur-Ourthe Eglise

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Hamoir

 

 


 

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 16.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Abner Virtue - 61st Fld Bty
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Bois-et-Borsu

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Bois-et-Borsu

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Bois-et-Borsu

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Chateau Amas

 

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Chateau Amas

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Chateau Amas

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Grand Houmart

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Grand Houmart

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Longueville

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Ocquier

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Oneux

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Oneux

 

 


 

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 15.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Chateau Modave
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Saint Domitien
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 14.  The first British car of the Royal Army Service Corps reaches the Hohenzollern bridge over the Rhine at Cologne while troops of the British 1st Cavalry Division reach the German Frontier near Malmedy, 1st December 1918. King George V, along with Prince Edward of Wales inspect the British Fourth Amy near Avesnes-sur-Helpe.

 

General Staff - 1st Canadian Division, C.E.F.
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 13.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 12.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 11.

The transport Aquitania docks at Halifax harbor, the first ship to arrive carrying troops from the battlefields of Europe, Thursday, 28th November 1918. 

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 10.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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60th Field Battery
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Charlie McTague
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 9.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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60th Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 8.

 

The barn of Villers Abbey is burned to the ground, accidentally, by the 60th Canadian Field Battery on a cold, wet day, Monday, 25th November 1918.

 

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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60th Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 7.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 6.

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade C.F.A., C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 5.

 

The march is still halted by supply line problems while police headquarters in Berlin is attacked by revolutionary masses, Friday, 22nd November 1918. 

 

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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Harold Simpson 92877 2nd Siege Battery, 2nd Brigade, Canadian Garrison Artillery
Jemappes, Belgium,
Nov. 22, 1918

Dear Mother:

Sent you a letter on the 17th and am going to write again tonight. As you will see we have moved again and are in Jemappes, a town just outside of Mons. It is quite a considerable size and I have a splendid billet. We moved in on the 20th from Thulin and a bunch of us got a billet just off the square in a private house but without beds so yesterday afternoon a chum and I started out to hunt for a better place. Our method of finding a billet is rather amusing but also quite successful. In all towns which have been occupied by the Boche the windows of each house have a card with the name and nationality of the occupants, their occupation and age. This came in very useful to us in our search for besides wanting one to ourselves with a bed we wanted to find a quiet place with a small family. And this was not all that we wanted. You will think that we were rather fussy and I admit we were. But we want to increase our knowledge of French as much as possible and at the same time hear the stories which they had to tell and so were on the lookout for a place with young people.

The older French and Belgian peasants are difficult to understand while younger people between the ages of twelve and twenty-five speak more distinctly and with a little knowledge of French are easily followed. So as we went up the street we jotted down a few promising numbers for future reference. We called at a couple of these places and they were all right in all but one particular. They had no spare bed. Then we came to our present billet which we had marked for a try and found a nice looking young lady of twenty-two standing in the doorway. I promptly asked for if she had a billet for two with a bed to which she replied in the affirmative. It was a large house just opposite the chateau and the room was a nicely furnished one facing west so we were quite satisfied. Of course according to the time honored French and Belgian custom coffee was the first thing. They are very strong on the coffee. Since coming here yesterday afternoon we have had no less than eleven cups.

There are three of the family, the young lady I mentioned and her father and mother and they certainly do all in their power to make us comfortable. Last evening they asked us out to the living room as soon as we came in after supper and passed around coffee. We wrote a couple of letters. Each then started talking. They told us much of what had happened during the past four years and asked a lot of questions about Canada. Showed them some snaps and passed a very pleasant evening. About eight o'clock they made a big dish of cocoa and were not satisfied until we had done away with a generous helping of pie and two large cups of cocoa. They are too hospitable for we know that they have no more than they themselves need and yet they are insulted if we do not share it with them. Today when we came in at dinner-time after morning parade they had a big plate of soup waiting for us too. And so it goes. They cannot do enough for us.

...

Now Mother I think this is long enough so I will say goodbye.

Love to all, Harold


 

 

 


 

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 4.

 

The 61st Field Battery shifts from Camron St. Vincent to Brain-le-Comte, inspected G.O.C. 1st Canadian Division, General MacDonnell enroute, Thursday, 21st November 1918.

 

Operation ZZ (Surrender of the German High Seas Fleet): The largest gathering of warships in one place, on one day in history, occurred when the German High Seas Fleet surrendered en masse to the British Navy, Thursday, 21st November 1918. Nine German battleships, five battlecruisers, seven cruisers and 50 destroyers (one destroyer being sunk after hitting a mine before reaching the destination), had set out to meet the British Navy at the Firth of Forth, before being brought to the Orkney Anchorage of Scapa Flow.

 

On this day, the flag of the German Navy was lowered and the Allied Powers dictated it would never again be hoisted without permission (See: Lesson No. 43 on how not to treat the conquered).

 

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 3.

 

The march grinds to a halt as a serious accident on the railway delays supplies.  The men take this first setback in stride, spending their time cleaning harness and vehicles, Wednesday, 20th November 1918.

 

Spartacist Revolution Funerals, 20 November 1918.  A funeral procession arrives in eastern Berlin at the Graveyard of the Fallen of March (Friedhof der Marzgefallenen), where the victims of The Spartacist Revolution, 9 November 1918, are buried alongside those of 1848 (a provocative attempt to use the memory of the Deutsche Revolution 1848/1849 to shape the meaning of the revolution in 1918).  The procession passes through Brandenburg Gate, the Neue Wache (a Prussian Memorial in memory of the Napoleonic Wars) and Schlossplatz, where three volleys are fired in a public salute. Karl Liebknecht addresses those in attendance - he will be assassinated 15 January 1919. 

 

Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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60th Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 2.

 

After staying in Thulin for over a week, men of the 61st Field Battery depart for Cambron St. Vincent at 03h30, arriving at 14h00 after being inspected enroute by the G.O.C. 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade.  Weather reported as damp, foggy and very cold (this will be a staple of the march over the next four weeks).

 

The March to the Rhine, First Period (courtesy 60th Fld Bty)
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Canadian Corps
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13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders of Canada)
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14th Battalion (The Royal Montreal Regiment)
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15th Battlion (48th Highlanders of Canada), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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55th Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Today's photos which are all copyrighted and made available courtesy of The Imperial War Museum, are also free for you to pay for.....

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: The March to the Rhine - Day 1.

 

Several men will be focused on during The March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany, beginning with Canadian Corps Commander Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie.

 

Lieutenant Abner Gladstone Virtue, adjutant for the 61st Field Battery, who has been suffering from the Chinese Flu for some time now, and will not be participating in the march (he remains in daily contact with the battery).  Lt Virtue will eventually recover and catch up with the men of the 61st Battery in Vingst, two days after the end of the march.

 

A/Bbdr Richard Francis Walshe, my grandfather, also attached to the 61st Field Battery is on the march and will have his near-death experience with the epidemic following his return to Belgium. 

 

Regimental Sergeant Major James Kay of the 16th Canadian Infantry Battalion - The Canadian Scottish Regiment, also in the march, will not be as lucky as my grandfather, succumbing to the deadly strain on the same day he peels off parade in Antheit, Belgium, 18th February 1919.

 

The infantry begins their advance to the Rhine, with blankets and kits carried in wagons, on the heels of the cavalry which had set out the day before, Monday, 18th November 1918

 

James Kay and wife Annie
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Regimental Sergeant Major James Kay
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James Kay and family
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Canadian Corps
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16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), 3rd Inf. Bde, C.E.F.
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5th Canadan Divisional Artillery, C.E.F.
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14th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery
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61st Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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60th Field Battery, C.F.A., 5th C.D.A., C.E.F.
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 102.

 

Today shall mark the last day of Canada's Hundred Days for tomorrow, The March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany begins, Monday, 18th November 1918.

 

Forward units of the Cavalry will secure the bridgeheads at Bonn and Cologne twenty-five days later on 12th December 1918, with G.O.C. of the British 2nd Army Field Marshal Herbert Plumer saluting the troops of the Canadian 1st Division at Cologne, while the Canadian Corps Commander, Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie salutes the men of the 2nd Canadian Division at Bonn on the official end of The March to the Rhine, 13th December 1918.

 

A/Bbdr Richard Francis Walshe of the 61st Field Battery, 14th Brigade C.F.A., will cross the Hohenzollern Bridge at Cologne in a downpour, at 10h15 Friday, 13th December 1918.

 

61st Field Battery
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
No entry today

60th Field Battery
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Charlie McTague's letter home after Jack McTague's death
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 101.

 

Lt-Gen Sir Arthur Currie spends his day in the office planning for the advance to the German Frontier while the troops rest and clean up.  The instructions for Advance to German Frontier No. 1 are issued later in the day, Saturday, 16th November 1918.

 

61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
No entry


 

 

 


 

ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 100.

 

Elements of the 5th Canadian Divisional Artillery (C.D.A.) attend a birthday celebration mass for King Albert I at the church in Thulin, Belgium.  In the morning, Lt-Gen Sir Arthur Currie attends the official entry of the Army Commander (General Horne) in Grand Place, Mons, after which he attended an "At Home" given by the 3rd Canadian Division in the afternoon, Friday, 15th November 1918.  

This version of Canada's Hundred Days will continue for two more days, when on 18th November 1918, the March to the Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany will begin.  The British Second Army, with General Sir Henry Rawlinson in command, was tasked with establishing bridgeheads over the Rhine at Cologne and Bonn, yet it was Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie who was given the honour of leading the march due to his exceptional command and performance of the Canadian Corps during the Great War, and Currie selected the 1st and 2nd Canadian Divisions, along with the 5th C.D.A., to lead the way.  

 

The March to the Rhine occupies 26 days of November and December 1918.   The Allied Occupation of Germany, ends 30th June 1930, but the Canadian Corps participation in which ends 10th January 1918, thus providing a further 28 days for the Canadian occupation, after which elements of the 1st and 2nd Cdn Div along with the C.D.A., will be spending another 115 days in Belgium before they finally begin their trip home.

 

61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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ejwalshe

100 YEARS AGO TODAY: Canada's Hundred Days - 99.

 

As Canada's Hundred Days is about to end, troops have already begun to march to assembly areas for the March to the
Rhine - The Allied Occupation of Germany.  Formal ceremonies for the Canadian Corps are to be held in Grand Place, Mons
tomorrow.  Allied POWs are released and begin to reach the former front lines, Thursday, 14th November 1918.

 

61st Field Battery, C.F.A., C.D.A., C.E.F.
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Lt Virtue 61st Field Battery
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