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100 Years Ago: Dominion Day Celebrated at Shorncliffe, 49th Regiment Proud of Enlistment Record

The Intelligencer July 1, 1915 (page 1)

“Soldiers Celebrate Dominion Day. London. Dominion Day was celebrated among Canada’s soldiers at Shorncliffe. Early in the morning the bugle and drum bands of the 11th, 12th, 42nd, 49th and Patricia’s reserves paraded to Folkstone, receiving a hearty welcome. A military tattoo was held at night, when the massed bands performed.”

The Intelligencer July 1, 1915 (page 2)

“49th Regiment Make fine Show. Since Outbreak of War 460 Have Enlisted, Including 22 Officers. If there is one rural regiment that has reason to be proud of its record in regard to enlistment and officers offering their services for overseas service, it is the 49th Regiment of Hastings County. Since the outbreak of the war no less than 460 have enlisted from the regiment, the greater number of whom are either at the front or in readiness to proceed thereto. During the month of June 71 recruited and to-day 40 left here for the camp at Barriefield.

The officers of the regiment have not been backward in tendering their services and no less than 22 have been accepted and are on active service. …  Col. W.G. Ketcheson, commanding officer of the regiment is naturally proud of the record of the regiment under his command, and he has certainly every reason to be so.”