$42.00 USD– Sold Out
Humorous image of German cavalryman, saying ‘For gootness sake Halt der 23rd Kanadians are koming’.
Message on back:
Another pencil written note UL.
'Printed and produced by J. Salmon, Sevenoaks, England.'
Postmarked ‘SHORNCLIFFE CAMP 29 AP 15 FOLKSTONE’.
Small smudge on front from postmark ink.
The 23rd Reserve Battalion, CEF was an infantry unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.Formed as the 23rd Infantry Battalion on August 6, 1914, the battalion mobilized at Quebec City, and recruited in various cities across Canada, including Vancouver, Edmonton, Calgary, Winnipeg, Montreal and Quebec City. The initial core of the battalion comprised trained recruits from The Canadian Grenadier Guards and the 58th Regiment Westmount Rifles.
The battalion sailed for England on the S.S. Missanabie on February 2, 1915, under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel F.W. Fisher, with a complement of 35 officers and 942 other ranks. On April 29, 1915, the unit was re-organized as the 23rd Reserve Battalion.
Shorncliffe was used as a staging post for troops destined for the Western Front during the First World War and in April 1915 a Canadian Training Division was formed there. The Canadian Army Medical Corps had general hospitals based at Shorncliffe from September 1917 to December 1918.
E.R.H Tucker is Edmund Richard Harvey Tucker from Sackville N.S. He was born in Bermuda and was a banker when he enlisted on September 24th 1914 at the age of 20. He survived the war with only a foot injury.