“They were both fine fellows.”: “Dutch” Kress and “Butch” Cramond of Galt, Ontario

18th Battalion Association[i] Windsor and Detroit Branch *MEMORIES[ii]* Do you remember Lorenzo Kress[iii] who soon became one of the best known men among those who were first stationed at Queens Park? He later became well known in the Battalion as Dutch Kress, a nickname acquired during his school days. Dutch was quite a man. Before…

Baseball at Folkestone: “The play throughout was very spirited, and many fine catches were witnessed.”

The ties between Canadians and the sea-side town of Folkestone, England go back to the First World War. A popular image was of a soldier holding a rifle with a bayonet, advancing in front of the Union Jack with the assurance: “Don’t be Alarmed, the Canadians are on guard at Folkestone”. The impression made upon…

War Diary of the 18th Battalion: September 1917

Confidential War Diary of 18th CANADIAN BATTALION – 2nd CANADIAN DIVISION From 1st September to 30th September 1917 Volume 25 With appendicis 1 – 4 Place Date Hour Summary of Events and Information VILLERS AU BOIS 1 Battalion in billets at VILLERS AU BOIS (Villers Camp). Company parades and inspections. Platoon and specialists training carried…

“Right Off Their Game”: The death of Shoeing Smith Mills

Shoeing Smith Mills joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force March 10, 1916. His residence at 9 Elm Street in Belleville, Ontario shared some geographic similarities with his father’s home in Long Eaton, Derbyshire, England. Both residences were close to water and both residences were on the west side of a water course. But, other than that…