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BerichtGeplaatst: 21 Apr 2011 18:51    Onderwerp: Valcartier camp. Reageer met quote

At the outbreak of World War 1 in 19l4, a large section of the Township of Valcartier was selected by the Federal Government as a site for a Military Training Camp. As a result, this decision caused the properties of a sub≠stantial number of residents who lived in the area, mostly farmers, to be expropriated.

As a war was on and the decision to expropriate had been made in short order, some of the residents were reluctant to leave and remained in their homes even after shells began bursting around them.

Valcartier Camp was the creation of Sam Hughes, right hand man of Sir Robert Borden who was Prime Minister of Canada at that time. Mr. Hughes, an ardent Orangeman, had been in charge of the Nation's Military Forces since 19l1. He held the rank of Major-General. He was always considered a con≠troversial figure and reference to him for the most part was considered derogatory.

August 24th, 19l4, saw the first troops arrive in Valcartier. Here some thirty-three thousand soldiers were to be trained for overseas service. In less than a month the tract of land bisected by the Jacques Cartier River, had been transformed into a bustling Military Camp complete with roads, water mains, railway sidings, stores, showers and movies for the troops, and three miles of rifle range besides training space for heavy artillery and cavalry .

At the end of the war in 1918, the Camp was soon empty and except for short periods of army training during the summer months, it was left to the blue≠berry pickers.

http://www.pbalkcom.com/Cassin%20Pages/HistoryValcartier.htm

Four Letters from Valcartier Camp, 1914:

http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/transcripts/transcriptDisplay.asp?Type=L&transNo=1
http://images.oakville.halinet.on.ca/66/Exhibit/8



http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CFB_Valcartier
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BerichtGeplaatst: 24 Apr 2011 7:09    Onderwerp: Reageer met quote







Training at Valcartier

Valcartier, Quebec was the primary training base for the First Canadian Contingent in 1914.
Sam Hughes and Valcartier

Minister of Militia and Defence Sam Hughes, a powerful and controversial figure, drove Canadian mobilization during the first three years of war.

On 10 August 1914, the government established the strength of the First Canadian Contingent for overseas service at 25,000, the figure requested by London. Hughes, eager to lead and coordinate personally a speedy call-up, chose to forgo the established mobilization plan and issued a more direct call to arms. Men from all classes and ages rushed to enlist at armories and militia bases across the country. They all traveled to a single, hastily prepared camp at Valcartier for equipment, training, and preparation for war. Eventually, the camp held over 35,000 troops.

http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/exhibitions/guerre/training-val-e.aspx
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