From Montreal to the Western Front

The formal group portrait was a ritual of service during the First World War. This draft of artillerymen, destined to reinforce units at the front, includes a number of men who appear far too young, and perhaps under the height restrictions, for military service.

portrait photograph, 11th Draft, 79th Battery, C.F.A., C.E.F., April 14th, 1916, by H.G. Stone, Montreal, Quebec

photograph, 35.2cm x 27.8cm
Ley and Lois Smith War, Memory and Popular Culture Research Collection - The University of Western Ontario - London, Ontario
First World War