On 11th May 1915, the Lieutenant-Governor Bulyea reviewed the 49th and 51st regiments at Sarcee Camp and presented them with their colours, which had been embroidered by the women of the Borden Club. I assume the lady In the picture was a member of that club.
The following day, an announcement was made that the 49th would leave for England in a few days while the 51st would go to Calgary for further training.
The battalion was raised in Edmonton in July 1915. They embarked for Great Britain on 18 April 1916.
Light toning on back.
(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)
The 51st Battalion (Edmonton), CEF, was an infantry battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The 51st Battalion was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Great Britain on 18 April 1916. It provided reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field until 13 November 1916, when it was reorganized as a garrison duty battalion. On 22 June 1917, its personnel were absorbed by the various regimental depots. The battalion was disbanded on 15 September 1920.
The battalion recruited in and was mobilized at Edmonton, Alberta.
The battalion was awarded the battle honour The Great War, 1916–17.
In the summer of 1914, the Canadian militia leased a part of the Sarcee Indian Reserve as a prospective training site for military personnel. Sarcee Camp, as the site came to be known, was the only area in Alberta set aside to train soldiers for battle during World War One. More than 45,000 men from 30 units across the province trained at the camp over the course of the war. It was one of the largest military training areas in Canada at the time.