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260th Battalion arrive at Victoria

Photograph depicts soldiers of the 260th Battalion docking at Victoria's Inner Harbour. They arrived in the fall of 1918 to join the rest of the 16th Infantry Brigade of the Siberian Expeditionary Force at Willows Camp. The original notes lef...

No. 3 Company, unknown battalion

Photograph depicts two images taken at Willow's Camp in April 1918. In the first picture, a soldier poses in front of his tent. In the second picture, two soldiers pose next to a marker identifying their area of the camp. This example reads &...

2nd Depot Battalion departure

Photograph depicts soldiers aboard the Princess Victoria as they depart for service overseas. The soldiers on this ship were part of the 6th draft, 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment. Here they wave goodbye from the ship as civilians g...

2nd Depot Battalion prepares for departure

Photograph depicts soldiers belonging to the 6th draft, 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment on the docks of the CPR station in Victoria as they prepare to board. Families and friends are present to offer care packages and to bid the sol...

2nd Depot Battalion prepares for departure

Photograph depicts soldiers belonging to the 6th draft, 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment on the docks of the CPR station in Victoria as they prepare to board. Families and friends are present to offer care packages and to bid the sol...

Departure of Infantry Draft

Photograph depicts an infantry draft aboard the Princess Victoria prior to departure for overseas service. In this photo, soldiers wave good bye to the civilians who have lined the docks.

CSEF drilling inspection

Photograph depicts an entire battalion of soldiers wearing full equipment marching along the exhibition grounds at Willows Camp as part of routine training and inspection. These soldiers belong to the 259th Battalion, 16th Infantry Brigade, Canadi...

CSEF drilling inspection

Photograph depicts an entire battalion of soldiers wearing full equipment marching along the exhibition grounds at Willows Camp as part of routine training and inspection. These soldiers belong to the 259th Battalion, 16th Infantry Brigade, Canadi...

Yukon Selective Draft

Photograph depicts a group of men belonging to the Yukon Selective Draft. These men were likely enlisted through the Military Service Act. This photograph was taken at Willows Camp in Victoria, B.C.

Officers Football Team

Photograph depicts a football (soccer) team posing together in front of the goalkeeper's net. Organized sports were an important aspect of training for soldiers. The white sweaters were emblematic of those belonging to the Gymnastics Staff, r...

2nd Depot Battalion

Photograph depicts a mixed group of soldiers from the Second Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment, including soldiers of the Canadian Army Medical Corps. This photo was taken at Willows Camp.

View down military camp

Photograph depicts a row of tents in the encampment at a military camp. While the photographer has not labeled this photograph, the camp in question appears to be Willows Camp.

Company of the 2nd Depot Battalion

Photograph depicts a company of soldiers belonging to the 2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment. The photographer's notes state that this could either be 'D' or 'A' company. Photograph taken at Willows Camp in Vic...

Willows Camp buildings and physical training

Photograph depicts two views of Willows Camp. In the first picture, the permanent buildings then used for military administration and officer lodgings can be seen. In the lower right of the frame, a young soldier is chopping wood. In the second pi...

Scenes at Willows Camp - CSEF

Photograph depicts two snapshots taken at Willows Camp during the mobilization of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force. In the first picture, a group of five soldiers pose together. In the second picture, soldiers wash up at the outdoor facil...

Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force at Willows Camp

Photograph depicts two snapshots taken at Willows Camp during the mobilization of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force. In the first picture, a group of four soldiers pose together holding their mess tins. In the second picture, an infantry s...

CSEF portraits at Willows Camp

Photograph depicts two individual portraits taken at Willows Camp during the mobilization of the Siberian Expeditionary Force. Here, they pose in front of the canvas tents at the camp where they were quartered. Note that the first soldier is weari...

CSEF portraits at Willows Camp

Photograph depicts two portraits taken at Willows Camp during training for the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force. The first soldier is a corporal from the 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia. He likely belonged to the 260th Battalion that include...

Camp crest, Royal Cipher

Photograph depicts a crest made of small decorated stones and pebbles. The symbol here is a version of the royal cipher for King George V that uses the letters GRI for Georgius Rex Imperator (George, King and Emperor). The roman number V is eithe...

Camp view and portrait

Photograph depicts two images taken at Willows Camp. In the first picture is a view down one of the rows of tents where Other Ranks were quartered. The marking on the right shows that this area is where No. 7 Platoon were staying. In the second pi...

Camp designs

Photograph depicts two views down the encampment at Willows. In the corners of the paths are various designs made by soldiers using small stones, pebbles and dirt. These markers were often put together to help identify areas of the camp, such as i...

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