WWI Regimental History of the 102nd Infantry Battalion 1919 CEF
WWI Regimental History of the 102nd Infantry Battalion 1919 CEF - Hardcover, entitled "FROM B.C. TO BAISIEUX - Being the Narrative History of the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion" by L. McLeod Gould, M.S.M. (Meritorious Service Medal) Croix de Guerre (French War Cross) (B.A. Cantab), Late Sergeant, Headquarters Staff, 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion and published by Thos. R. Cusack Presses of Victoria, British Columbia in 1919. The book states on page 3: "To the memory of those brave members of the 102nd, Canadian Infantry Battalion who laid down their lives for the Cause of Liberty and Justice this book is reverently dedicated". It contains twelve chapters, each chapter with a synopsis of the battalions adventures in the title, including: Chapter I : Early Experiences in Canada - The Spit, Comox, B.C. - The First of Many Moves; Chapter II : Across the Continent - Steamer Hardships - Six Weeks in England; Chapter III : By Side-door Pullman to Belgium - Our Baptism of Blood - Flirtations With Gas - Trench Routine - The Army Idea of Rest; Chapter IV : En Route for the Somme - Albert, Tara Hill and Chalk Pits - "Over the Top" at Regina - New German Trench - Connecting Desire and Regina - Out of the Mouth of Hell; Chapter V : Trench Tours on Vimy Ridge - Capture of Vimy Ridge - Road Building After Victory - Arrival of the 67th Bn. - Two Tours in "The Triangle" - Concerning Moving Pictures; Chapter VI : Divisional Rest at Gouy Servins - Street Fighting in Lens - Growth of Carency - South of Avion; Chapter VII : First Visit to Divion - Two Tours in Passchendaele - Divion Again - Pre-Christmas Celebrations; Chapter VIII : From Divion to Mericourt - Col. Warden's Departure - Lievin Once More - Back to Divion - Lens Again - Ecurie and the Oppy Front - Acheville - Mericourt - Out of the Line to Frevillers; Chapter IX : Frevillers - Training for Open Warfare - Huclier. Conteville and Bethonval - Intensive Training Intensified - Life in Rural France - On the Oppy Front Again - The Eve of Open Warfare; Chapter X : From Ecoivres to Berneville - Night Marching to the South - The Dawn of "The Day" - Battle of Amiens - Rosieres - A Record Train Journey - Ready for the Hindenburg Switch; Chapter XI : Neuville Vitasse - Second Battle of Arras - A Fortnight in Reserve - Second Battle of Cambrai; and Chapter XII : Queant and Maroeuil - In Pursuit of the Hun - Booby Traps - Herin and Denain - We Enter Valenciennes - The Last Offensive - From B.C. to Baisieux. The book concludes with four Appendixes and ninety-three pages with a Nominal Roll of Officers and Other Ranks, complete with awards, casualties and addresses. Also included are subtitled Photographs of Lieutenant-Colonel J.W. Warden, C.B.E., D.S.O.; Goose Spit, Comox, B.C.; Officers' Group, Comox, May, 1916; Albert Cemetery; On Vimy Ridge; Ablain St. Nazaire; Lieut.-Colonel F. Lister, C.M.G., D.S.O., M.C.; Napoo Corner, Lievin; Officers' Group, Conteville, July 1918; and Battalion Headquarters, Sept. 27th, 1918, along with a sketch of Mt. St. Eloy - A February Afternoon Impression as seen from Vimy Ridge, a Trench Map of Part of the Somme Area, the Words to a Song entitled "The Song of the Spit" (sung to the tune of "John Brown's Body"), two Poems: "The Runners" by L. McLeod Gould and inspired by the Runners of the 102nd Canadian Infantry Battalion, and "Dawn", which was reprinted from the Battalion Christmas Card of 1918. The book has a green cloth cover with the title in gold-coloured ink, containing 228 pages printed in black ink on a smooth newsprint stock, 155 mm x 230 mm x 17 mm, with slight fading on the edge of the pages, small tears and fraying on the edges of some pages, wear evident at the upper right corner of the front cover, part of the cover is coming away at the spine, page 9-10 has come away from the binding but remains intact, near fine. Footnote: The Battalion was raised in Northern British Columbia with mobilization headquarters at Comox under the authority of G.O. 151, December 22, 1915. The Battalion sailed June 20, 1916 under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.W. Warden with a strength of 37 officers and 968 other ranks. The Battalion served in France and Belgium with the 11th Infantry Brigade, 4th Canadian Division. It was disbanded on September 15, 1920.