Camp Petawawa 2

12 Tents PetawawaSince Percy’s 48th Battery was broken up and reassigned later in the war, it has no printed history of its own, but traces of its record, as we have already seen, are found in the history of the 55th Battery:

At the end of May all the batteries then in formation, from the Atlantic to the Pacific, gathered together under canvas at Petawawa. It was the biggest artillery camp that Canada had ever seen,and Petawawa, in spite of its defamers, was in many ways an ideal location for it [as Gordon Brown had told his mother.] The air was dry and healthy, the water supply was good, and the broad sandy Ottawa offered excellent swimming. The wide plains provided ample room for manouvers and firing practice, and for many a long canter. In short, it was a healthy life. (1)

The photograph is from Percy’s small album. Notice the side flaps rolled up to ventilate the tents.

(1) MacArthur, D.C. The History of the Fifty-Fifth Battery, CFA. Toronto: H.S. Longhurst, 1919. 2-3

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”

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