The Globe gave details of the concentration of artillerymen from across the country.
- 13th Brigade, from Military District No. 3 (Ontario), headquartered at Kingston
- 50th, 51st, 52nd and 53rd Batteries. Gordon Brown belonged to the 50th
- 12th Brigade, from Military District No. 2 (Ontario):
- 47th Battery from Hamilton, the 48th from Toronto, the 49th from St. Catharine’s and the 54th from Brantford. Percy, of course, was in the 48th
- 14th Brigade, more diverse in origin:
- 55th and 56th Batteries of Guelph, the 57th Battery of Quebec and the 66th Battery of Montreal.The 55th Battery eventually included the 48thand the 56th and its History provides us with considerable information.
- 15th Brigade, even more diverse:
- 58th Battery of Winnipeg, the 60th of Regina, the 61st of Lethbridge, and the 62nd of Victoria, B.C.The 60th‘s Battery History is also one of our sources.
- The 4th Divisional Ammunition Column included units from Montreal, Halifax, and Kingston.
The Globe reporter continued on his theme of diversity, and waxed eloquent:
Every university in the Dominion is represented in these units, as are most of the trades and professions. Men that have held lectureships in the seats of learning, others who had embarked upon promising careers in the professions, many who had entered the large financial institutions, etc. – they have given up all to follow the fiery cross. Commissions they spurned, preferring the rough and ready life of the rank and file so long as they were doing their duty.(1)
The “fiery cross” is intended to evoke the iconography that drew on the Crusades, the Faerie Queene‘s Red Cross Knight, and Saint George to inflame (pun intended) patriotism. This image comes from a recruiting poster urging “Remember Scarborough” in the wake of a German raid on the seaside towns in December 1916. See a Daily Mail article on-line for details.
(1) The Globe (1844-1936). July 1, 1916. 12. Archive available from ProQuest Historical Newspapers.