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Foreword by His Royal Highness Charles, Prince of Wales

Hospital ships filled the harbour of Le Havre as the 75th Mississauga Battalion arrived on 13 August 1916. Those soldiers who survived would spend almost three years in a tiny corner of northeastern France and northwestern Belgium (Flanders), where many of their comrades still lie. And they would serve in many of the most horrific battles of that long, bloody conflict—Saint Eloi, the Somme, Arras, Vimy, Hill 70, Lens, Passchendaele, Amiens, Drocourt-Quéant, Canal du Nord, Cambrai, and Valenciennes.

This book tells the story of the 75th Battalion (later the Toronto Scottish Regiment) and the five thousand men who formed it—most from Toronto—from all walks of life. They included professionals, university graduates, white- and blue-collar workers, labourers, and the unemployed, some illiterate. They left a comfortable existence in the prosperous, strongly pro-British provincial capital for life in the trenches of France and Flanders. Tommy Church, mayor of Toronto from 1915 to 1921, sought to include his city’s name in the unit’s name because of the many city officials and local residents who served in it. Three years later Church accepted the 75th’s now heavily emblazoned colours for safekeeping at City Hall from Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Harbottle, who returned with his bloodied but successful survivors. The author pulls no punches in recounting their labours, triumphs, and travails.

Timothy J. Stewart undertook exhaustive research for this first-ever history of the 75th, drawing from archival sources (focusing on critical decisions by Brigadier Victor Oldum, General Officer Commanding 11th Brigade), diaries, letters, newspaper accounts, and interviews.

Table of Contents

  1. Cover
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  1. Title Page, Frontispiece, Copyright, Dedication
  2. pp. i-vi
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  1. Contents
  2. pp. vii-ix
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  1. List of Maps
  2. p. x
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  1. List of Award Abbreviations
  2. pp. xi-xii
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  1. Foreword by HRH The Prince of Wales, Colonel-in-Chief
  2. pp. xiii-xiv
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  1. Preface
  2. pp. xv-xx
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  1. Acknowledgements
  2. Timothy J. Stewart
  3. pp. xxi-xxiv
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  1. Introduction The Road Through Vimy
  2. pp. 1-6
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  1. Part I Toronto and Mississauga Horsemen (1904–1914)
  1. Chapter 1 Toronto and Mississauga Horsemen (1901–1914)
  2. pp. 9-30
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  1. Chapter 2 Canada Prepares for War (July–September 1914)
  2. pp. 31-44
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  1. Chapter 3 Samuel Beckett Organizes the 75th (August 1914–July 1915)
  2. pp. 45-54
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  1. Part II Beckett’s Fighting 75th (August 1915–March 1917)
  1. Chapter 4 Shaping Soldiers in Niagara and Toronto (August 1915–March 1916)
  2. pp. 57-72
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  1. Chapter 5 Bramshott and the New 4th Division (April–August 1916)
  2. pp. 73-88
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  1. Chapter 6 St-Éloi: Getting Bloodied (Mid-August–Mid-October 1916)
  2. pp. 89-104
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  1. Chapter 7 The Somme: Regina and Desire Trenches (Mid-October–November 1916)
  2. pp. 105-126
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  1. Chapter 8 Vimy: The Battle in the Snow (December 1916–April 1917)
  2. pp. 127-170
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  1. Part III Harbottle’s Shock Troops (May 1917–November 1918)
  1. Chapter 9 La Coulotte, Lens, and Passchendaele (May–December 1917)
  2. pp. 173-216
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  1. Chapter 10 From Vimy to Arras (January–July 1918)
  2. pp. 217-252
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  1. Chapter 11 Amiens: The 75th and Le Quesnel (August 1918)
  2. pp. 253-284
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  1. Chapter 12 Smashing Hindenburg: Dury Ridge, Canal du Nord, Bourlon Wood, Cambrai (September 1918)
  2. pp. 285-320
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  1. Chapter 13 The Final Push: Valenciennes (October–November 1918)
  2. pp. 321-334
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  1. Part IV Harbottle’s Men Carry On (December 1918–September 1939)
  1. Chapter 14 The Long Goodbye (December 1918–June 1919)
  2. pp. 337-352
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  1. Chapter 15 From 75th to Toronto Scottish (July 1919–September 1939)
  2. pp. 353-380
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  1. Appendices
  1. A 75th Infantry Battalion: Final Orders
  2. pp. 381-383
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  1. B Regimental Lineage, 1901–1936
  2. pp. 384-385
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  1. C Great War Battle Honours
  2. p. 386
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  1. D Honour Roll, 1915–1921
  2. pp. 387-395
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  1. E Awards and Decorations, 1916–1919
  2. pp. 396-409
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  1. F Captain Bellenden S. Hutcheson, vc mc
  2. pp. 410-411
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  1. G Citations for the Award of the Distinguished Service Order
  2. pp. 412-414
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  1. H Citations for the Award of the Military Cross
  2. pp. 415-422
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  1. I Citations for the Award of the Distinguished Conduct Medal
  2. pp. 423-426
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  1. J Recommendations for the Award of the Military Medal
  2. pp. 427-448
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  1. K Military Offences in 11th Brigade, August 1916 to 30 April 1917
  2. pp. 449-450
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  1. L Courts-Martial Record, August 1916 to 30 April 1917
  2. p. 451
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  1. M Commanding Officers, 1915–1939
  2. pp. 452-455
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  1. N Regimental Sergeants–Major, 1915–1939
  2. pp. 456-457
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  1. O Regimental Choruses of the 9th Mississauga Horse and the 75th (Mississauga) Battalion
  2. pp. 458-462
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  1. Notes
  2. pp. 463-496
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  1. Index
  2. pp. 497-528
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Additional Information

ISBN
9781771121835
Related ISBN
9781771121828
MARC Record
OCLC
1012795816
Pages
340
Launched on MUSE
2017-11-29
Language
English
Open Access
No
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