World War 1 Remembered - 196th (Western Universities) Canadian Overseas Infantry Battalion - 1916 Q4

1916 – October to December

The 196th Battalion was the only Canadian infantry battalion in the Canadian Expeditionary Force raised by universities and largely composed of university staff and students. The universities involved were from Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia.  The University of Alberta’s President, Henry Marshall Tory, played a significant part in the initial planning and recruiting for the battalion.  For more on this battalion, particularly the University of Alberta’s contribution to it, read the article in our latest newsletter at the link below.

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This is the tenth in a series of quarterly newsletters recognizing 100th anniversary events of the First World War.  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 newsletter also includes articles related to 75th anniversary events of the Second World War and to more current events, including museum activities.  Anyone wishing to be included on our email contact list to received copies of our newsletter should email us at


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