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    WW1 - 82nd Canadians Q

    ~S~ all, I've been looking for info on where the 82nd Canadians would have been around the 20-25th of October, 1916. Can't find any info, I'm just no good at searching. Would have been at the time the battle of the Somme was going on, but could find no info about the 82nd being involved there. Just throwing out a call if any WW1 historians are out there and can get that info easily or point me in the right direction? Cheers


    edit: in relation to this post here: https://theairtacticalassaultgroup.c...2nd#post289647

    But that's all I got, nothing more specific (as specific gets with that sort of thing).
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    Re: WW1 - 82nd Canadians Q

    Hi Freya,

    I believe the 82nd Battalion of the CEF never fought as a unit but was absorbed by the 9th Reserve Battalion shortly after it arrived in the UK from Canada.
    Drafts of men were then probably transferred from the 9th Reserve to other units which may explain why you have seen records mentioning both the 82nd and the 54th Battalions. Seven men from the 54th died on the 25/10/1916 and are commemorated on the Vimy Memorial (info from the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Website, cwgc.org) I'm guessing your man is one of these?

    If it is, and you want to investigate further try the Library and Archives of Canada- They have the WW1 War Diaries digitised and online- these will tell you exactly what the 54th were doing.
    (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/collec...urce=Archives&)

    Hope this helps-If you find anything interesting let us know.

    Regards,
    Anthony (R433009)

    P.S.
    Info on the 82nd Battalion
    (https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discov...battalions.pdf)

    82nd Battalion
    Background Information

    Organized in October 1915 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel W. A. Lowry.
    Authorization published in General Order 103a of 15 August 1915.
    Mobilized at Calgary.
    Recruited in Calgary.
    Embarked from Halifax 22 May 1916 aboard EMPRESS OF BRITAIN.
    Disembarked England 29 May 1916.
    Strength: 34 officers, 1006 other ranks.
    Drafts to CETD and PT Report in July 1916.
    Absorbed by 9th Canadian Reserve Battalion in July 1916.
    Disbanded by Privy Council Order 1366 and 1863 of 21 May and 6 July 1917.
    Colours, subscribed by Calgary schoolchildren, presented by the Calgary
    School Board on 23 May 1916.
    Deposited in Sellinge Parish Church for duration of war.
    Deposited in Calgary Public Library in June 1920.
    Brass, bugle and pipe bands.
    Perpetuated by The Calgary Highlanders.

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    Re: WW1 - 82nd Canadians Q

    Hello again,

    Some more thoughts-Library and Archives Canada also has WW1 personnel records digitised and online. A very good place to look for your relative.
    https://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discov...l-records.aspx

    Also the fact that he is recorded on the Vimy Memorial means that your relative is one of the Canadians killed in France whose final resting place is unknown.


    Regards,

    R433009

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    Re: WW1 - 82nd Canadians Q

    Thank you! Those links were helpful. Had a quick look and was able to find his enlistment papers: (?)

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    I shall dig some more...you've given me a great boost for sure. Hoping to find (roughly) his last known location. Cheers and Thanks again!

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    Re: WW1 - 82nd Canadians Q

    Glad to be of help.

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