Peterborough during the First World War 1914 - 1918.

Peterborough, Ontario during the First World War 1914 - 1918.

Monday, 28 October 2013

Globe and Mail: 27 October 1914

Buried on page 8 of the Globe and Mail on 28 October 1914 is a tidbit of info of an special farewell event for Norwood soldiers. They would be heading to Kingston, Ontario for basic training. By May 1915, they would be in England, and by September 1915 they would be in the Trenches of France.

Here is the extract:

Norwood, Oct 27 - Ten young men who are leaving for the front were bidden farewell at the Town Hall last night. Stirring addresses were given by several prominent citizens. Each of the boys was presented a box of warm clothing by the Home Guard, Gun Club, and Lacrosse team, also comforters and wrist-lets by the Daughters of the Empire."


  1. Is there a list of names?

  2. Hi James,

    The Globe and Mail did not publish the names of the Norwood Soldiers. I reprinted the article word-for-word. I think records may exist in the Nominal Rolls of the 21st Battalion, or with the 19th Battalion. Also, archived copies of the local Norwood paper, which might exist in local archives may shed light on who enlisted 27 October 1914.

    As a quick side note, I have found that Norwood was a central military enlistment centre for soldiers. Many men from Havelock, Trent River, and even some men from Campbellford enlisted in Norwood. I am unsure why so many men from other towns enlisted in Norwood. I am leaning towards the theory that Norwood was one of the few surrounding towns that had a local armoury.