WW1 - Edmonton's Second Contingent

Ten men from Wainwright. (Glenbow Archives NC-6-1314)

On October 7, 1914, four days after the 1st Canadian Division had left Canada for England, orders were sent from Ottawa to regional divisions and military districts across Canada for the mobilization of a Second Contingent of 20,000 soldiers. 

Edmonton and area contributed to that contingent by recruiting for Alberta’s 31st Battalion, C Squadron of the 3rd Regiment of the Canadian Mounted Rifles and, strangely enough, Montreal’s 23rd Battalion.  For more on these units and the people involved read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.

 REMEMBER 2014-2

This is the second in the series of newsletters we have planned to recognize 100th anniversary events of the First World War as they occur over the next four years.  We want to highlight significant and/or interesting events, people, stories and artifacts from that war with an emphasis on Edmonton and the 49th Battalion.  The newsletters will also include articles related to the Second World War and to more current events, including museum activities.  We will likely be publishing once every three to four months.  Anyone wishing to be included on our email contact list to received copies of our newsletter should email us at


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