When They Marched to War
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Harry Ferguson was a Lieutenant in the 26th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. On Saturday, June 12, 1915, Harry and his fellow soldiers marched through the city of Saint John, New Brunswick. It was their send-off before they left for battle overseas. They marched from the Barrack Green Armoury to the wharf where their ship, the Caledonia, was waiting. Crowds of civilians lined the streets, cheering and waving farewell as the brass bands played. Crowds assembled again the following morning as the Caledonia departed, loaded with soldiers. Lieutenant Harry Ferguson called the fanfare “an inspiring sight.
DescriptionThis 11-part series features stories from sites of memory in Canada related to the First World War. Conversation kits that include discussion questions and activities for students and the public, along with web links and ideas for additional resources are available for each story and accessible online. Please note, each vignette opens with 20 seconds of silence.