Training at Vernon, British Columbia

During the First World War, it was customary for a unit to decorate the entrance to its training encampment, as these images from Vernon, British Columbia, show. The 158th Battalion was from Vancouver, the 172nd Battalion from Kamloops, and the 131st and 121st Battalions from New Westminster, British Columbia. The card showing the 172nd Battalion camp was mailed in August 1916 by Leonard Adams of Pentiction, who was killed in action at Vimy Ridge in April 1917.

"The Duke of Connaught's Own 158th Battalion," Star Photo, Vernon, B.C., 1916; "172nd Battalion Rocky Mountain Rangers," "Front of 131st Battn Lines, Vernon Camp," "Front of 121st Battn Lines, Vernon Camp," Harold Smith, Vernon, B.C., 1916

postcards, 8.7cm x 13.9cm
War, Memory and Popular Culture Archives - The University of Western Ontaro - London, Ontario
First World War