Irish Canadians enlist in an Irish & Canadian battalion
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Canadian Railway Troops using 'scrapers' and mules to prepare the ground during construction of a railway at Lapugnoy (near Bethune), 11 March 1918. Using mules and scrapers economised the numbers of man-hours needed to construct the railway.
An item of 'trench art' associated with the First World War service of Private John Campbell Barter. John Barter volunteered for service, aged 37, in 1915 and joined the 143rd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), the British Columbia Bantams. After arriving in France and Flanders in 1917, he was medically downgraded and transferred to the Corps of Canadian Railway Troops. He later served in the Royal Canadian Artillery and survived to return home in 1919.
127TH BATTALION, C.E.F.: 2nd Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops - Naval & Military Press
In November 1915 , the York Rangers were granted permission to raise a complete Bn. for service with the CEF. Despite having already supplied twice their pre-war establishment as drafts for other CEF Bns, the Regiment found 1100 all ranks from York County, Southern Ontario. As 127th Cdn Inf Bn, they reached England in August 1916. Many of the officers and other ranks had worked in in the engineering and railway industries so, when the Railway Construction Corps was formed, the Bn was…
Canadian Railway Troops
World War I is widely viewed as the first 'modern' war in part because of the important role played by many technologies in its events. The airplane, machine gun, heavy artillery and the tank all made their military debut during its battles. Behind the front lines, other technologies fulfilled important functions. The telegraph and telephone dramatically improved military communication. 'Lorries' and other gas-powered vehicles gradually replaced horses and wagons as means of transportation…
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