WWI : First Carleton Place Volunteers


 The Overseas Volunteers from Carleton Place Leave Saturday

Carleton Place Herald, August 18, 1914


Ten volunteers were asked from Company B, 42nd Reg., for the Canadian Contingent to the motherland, and fully four times that number were available. The weeding process reduced the number to twelve, who were summoned to Perth, where the Regiment is reorganizing on Saturday morning.

The men assembled in their armory and after roll call marched to the station for the 11 train to Perth, the Band headed the procession, playing like veterans, followed by a carriage with the Mayor, some members of Council and School Board, a squad of men from Company B.


The following is the roll-call:

Capt. W. H. Hooper, in command

Sergt. J. H. Brown

Sergt. J. McGill

Sergt. Geo. New

Privates :

R. Boreland

L. Campbell

J. Hamilton

L. Helsey

H. McLaren

N. McPhee

E. Reynolds

A. J. Simons


A number of prominent citizens followed in automobiles and other conveyances, whilst hundreds walked upon the pavement.

On arriving at Santiago street the procession was met by the men from the north – Pembroke, Renfrew, Arnprior and Almonte, headed by the Piper’s Band of Renfrew, and all marched to the station grounds together.

Here, Mayor Smythe addressed a few words of advice and encouragement to the departing soldiers, wishing them a pleasant journey out and a safe return.  The kind words tendered were becomingly acknowledged for the squad by Capt. Hooper.

For several minutes the Bands played alternately whilst the men were entraining, and as they passed out the strains of “Auld Lang Syne” followed them.

The greatest interest, was maintaining the proceedings, and it was quite evident that everybody fully understood the serious nature of the situation.

The men from the several companies went into camp at Perth, Col. Balderson’s headquarters, and from there will be transferred to Valcartier, Que., where the Contingent will be finally organized and prepared for the overseas voyage.



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