The 55th Battery too

2 Leaving Guelph for Petawawa

There’s a lot of “hurry up and wait” in every army. Here are some members of the 55th Battery taking their ease, or as much ease as they could manage on the ground, in Guelph, prior to their departure for Camp Petawawa, the day after the 48th left Toronto.

Notice the circular bandoliers and the bedrolls amid the baggage.

The Globe reported the departure of the 55th and the 56th batteries on May 30, 1916, noting that the 56th Battery was largely composed of students, graduates and friends of the Ontario Agricultural College. “One notable thing about this battery is the fact that forty-eight of the men who are serving as gunners hold papers entitling them to commissions, but there being no commissions available, they joined in a body when the college battery was formed.” (1)

The men of the 55th were also from Guelph and the area.

(1) The Globe (1844-1936). May 30, 1916. 5. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.

The photograph is in Percy’s small album.

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”



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