28 Sept 1914
Montreal troops boarding ship at Quebec City

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY, 28 September 1914 – “ Nos. 4, 5, and 6 Companies of the [14th] Battalion, and the Base Company, remained in camp till the morning of September 28th, when under command of Lieut.-Col. W.W. Burland, they followed their comrades to Quebec and embarked on the S.S. Andania, together with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Scottish.”  [2]

The distribution of 14th Battalion personnel between the Alaunia and the Andania is summarized in the following table.   This shows a total of 1,193 all ranks of the 14th Battalion sailed with the First Canadian Contingent in October 1914.  [3]


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[1] Dodds, Brig.- Gen. W. O. H., C.M.G., D.S.O. (J.A.Millar) Photographs Relating to the Great War, 1914-1918.; Special Collections, University of Victoria Libraries;
[2] R.C. Featherstonhaugh, The Royal Montreal Regiment 14th Battalion C.E.F. 1914-1925, Montreal, The Gazette, Printing Co., Ltd., 1927, pg. 11.
[3] Details from:  Col. A.F. Duguid, “Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War, 1914-1919, Vol. I, Part 2, Chronology, Appendices and Maps, King’s Printer, Ottawa, 1938. Appendix 133, pp. 114-119.


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