Reunions

"Overseas in 1914"

This reunion was organized by the Originals Club, founded in 1918 to bring together men who had gone overseas with the original 1st Division. There is an unmistakeable note of nostalgia in its description of the war years and the legacies of service.

The Emma Gees

Every November, former machine gunners in British Columbia assembled to remember fallen comrades and enjoy an evening together. On this evening, they were all too aware that another generation of Canadians had been forced to go to war.

The good old 18th

In 1919, the members of London's Women's Canadian Club held a dinner for the returning 18th Battalion, just as they had done when the unit left London in 1914. Among the celebrities on hand were Sir Adam Beck and Hume Cronyn, MP.

Machine gunners in Winnipeg

In this amusing souvenir program, officer of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps used their wartime experiences as a source of humour.

Reunion dinner of cavalrymen

Among the attendees at this 1947 cavalry reunion was Eric Flowerdew, whose brother Gordon had won the Victoria Cross for leading the charge by a squadron of Lord Strathcona's Horse at Moreuil Wood in March 1918.

View PDF: CCBVA Reunion.pdf

Reunion of "The Old Iron Second"

The 2nd Battalion drew its personnel primarily from eastern Ontario, and fought in every major Canadian battle of the First World War. By the end of the war, over 5200 officers and men had served in the unit; 1353 were killed in action or died of wounds.

View PDF: 2nd Bn Reunion.pdf

A reunion of gunners

On the ninth anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, veterans of this Toronto artillery battery met to relive old times and remember their dead.

View PDF: 15th Battery.pdf

Veterans return to a French village

The 1938 Canadian Corps reunion featured a full-size replica of a typical French village in which soldiers could relive the good times of the First World War.

The 240th Battalion re-forms

Survivors of the 240th Battalion, formed in 1916 in eastern Ontario, came together in Renfrew, Ontario, thirty-two years after the end of the First World War.

The Dumbells, “Watchman, What of the Night?”

The Dumbells were the most popular soldiers’ concert party in the First World War, and indeed into the 1920s.

Canadian Corps Reunion, Toronto, 1934

This program was distributed at a church service held in Toronto as part of a 1934 reunion of Canadian veterans.

View PDF: ccrprogram.pdf

78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers) Reunion

The 78th Battalion of Winnipeg continued to hold reunions long after the end of the First World War, including this dinner in 1928.

26th Battalion Overseas Club

The 26th Battalion of New Brunswick continued to hold reunions long after the end of the First World War, including this dinner in 1960.

View PDF: 26banniversary.pdf