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Canadian 48th Battalion became 3rd Pioneers when?


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Hi

Little confused, websites appear to show that the Canadian Infantry 48th Battalion became the 3rd Pioneer in January 1916 - however, I have downloaded the nominal roll for their journey on 1st July 1915 (SS Grampian) (here) http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?jm12qmtmmnl and it names them here as the 3rd Pioneer.

I'm new to all this so please excuse me if I am missing something here but how is this possible. Can anyone confirm when the 48th became the 3rd Pioneer?

Many thanks.

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Sharon,

The nominal roll in the Bob Richardson Collection is not a reliable guide to the date the units name changed. The roll is the published version of the original MFW 20 forms which were prepared just before the battalion sailed from Canada. There was normally a long delay between the preparation of the roll and the publication date -- usually in the 6- 9 month range. The original forms would not have had the cover page; it was added when the rolls were published. If anything the use of 3rd Pioneers on the title page suggests to me that this roll was published after Jan 1916 as Ulsterlad2 suggests.

Al

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Sharon,

Did some checking and found that the Nominal roll of the 48th Bn first appears in the list of Government of Canada publications in the May 20, 1916 issue of the Canada Gazette

http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/001...0047_z03895.gif

This notice will give you an idea of the significance of the list. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/001...0045_z03893.gif

Al

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