Early to late

“Driving and riding and manoeuvres early to late,” (1) is how one of the 48th Battery summed up his Petawawa experience, as he trained to meet those high expectations.

Calder driving lessons photo.nd.18

“Myself” in this photograph is William George Calder, who had enlisted in May 1916 in British Columbia and found himself at Camp Petawawa by early June.His attestation paper gives his “trade or calling,” as “chauffeur,” which is perhaps why he ended up a driver in the 4th Division’s Ammunition Column.

“Long rain driving” above does not describe the weather, but driving horses on a long rein. Calder’s spelling is sometimes erratic, as his father pointed out in a letter, correcting the admittedly tricky matter of the plural form of nouns ending in f.

Calder handkerchiefs

(1) Raymond Ellworth Ives, Manuscript Memoir. Available in the Canadian Letters and Images Project.

The photograph is from William George Calder’s collection in the Canadian Letters and Images Project

Copyright 2016. See “More about this project.”

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