The driver and the general

When the first world war broke out, the volunteers from the Halton Rifles concentrated at the Georgetown armoury, before heading out by train for Valcartier, and eventually overseas as part of the 4th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. Captain Frank Chisholm brought a group of fifteen soldiers from Oakville as their contribution to the army. He […]

Shooting in the olden days

Charles Young grew up in Georgetown in the 1850s and 1860s. His father was James Young (1821-88), a merchant, and first warden of Halton County, in 1853. When the Infantry Company of Georgetown was gazetted, 30 January 1863, James Young was its Captain, and he would take them to the front during the Fenian Raid.  […]

Henry Shepard, MBE

During black history month, there has been quite a bit of attention paid to No. 2 Construction Battalion from Nova Scotia during the first world war. The Peel Museum has an exhibit that highlights their story. The battalion was formed, because black volunteers in Nova Scotia were not being accepted into the other units being raised at […]

Oakville soldiers in the 4th: George Busby

In 1862 George and Jane Busby, from Ashely in Northamptonshire, sailed for Canada with their six children. Jane died on the voyage, but the family settled in Oakville. George was a teamster, and a soldier in the Oakville Rifles at least as early as 1868. He and his second wife, Elizabeth, were founding members of […]

Oakville soldiers in the 164th: James Gann

James Gann (1882-1941) was born in Winnipeg. He was a railroad worker in Oakville when he was attested in the 164th Battalion, 17 December 1915. He went with them to England, and 1 December 1917 he joined the 3rd Battalion, CEF. 2 March 1918 he was granted 14 days leave in Paris. He didn’t return […]

Oakville soldiers in the 164th: William Crawley

William Asheton Crawley (1897-1917) was born in Laughton, Essex. When he was 14, he became one of the first students at Appleby College, which had opened in 1911, and played for the rugby team for four years. He joined the 20th Halton Rifles in anticipation of volunteering, and left the college in December 1915 to […]

Oakville soldiers in the 164th: Bremner Green

Charles Bremner Green (1897-1941) was nineteen, and had just graduated from the University of Toronto Schools, when he signed up as a lieutenant in the 164th in April 1916. He said he was born in Toronto, but that’s probably because that’s where the birth was registered. When he married Marion Baillie in 1923, he explained […]

Lennard Bertram

There’s a street in Brampton called Colonel Bertram Road. It’s one street east of Hurontario Street, between Conservation Drive and Mayfield Road, and it’s where Lennard Bertram had his farm. It used to be called Andrew Street, but in 1990 Brampton city council changed the name.  Lennard Bertram (1883-1964) came from Dundas, and was a […]

Wellington Wallace

Wellington Wallace (1857-1932) commanded the 36th Peel Regiment from 1904 to 1909, and organized the 234th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the first world war. He took his first name from his father, Wellington Wallace, Senior, who was born in Tuam, Galway in 1814, just about the time that Arthur Wellesley was created Duke […]