WW1 Canada photo postcard of 12th Battalion military brass band c.1915

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Nice photo postcard of military brass band of the 12th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (C.E.F.) posing outdoors, likely in the U.K.

The Battalion was recruited from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec.

Printed on the drum at the centre of the photo ‘12th BATTALION 1914 1915 1ST C.E.F.

Pencil on back ‘12TH BATTALION C.E.F.’


(Red text is an electronic watermark that is not physically part of the photo for sale)


The 12th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force was a unit raised for service in the First World War.

The battalion was organized in Valcartier Camp on 6 August 1914 under the official authority of Camp Order 241 dated 2 September 1914. The unit drew its recruits from New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Quebec. The unit's commanding officer was Lieutenant-Colonel H.F. McLeod.

The battalion sailed from Quebec City on 1 October 1914 aboard S.S. Scotian and arrived in the United Kingdom on 14 October 1914 with a strength of 54 officers and 1156 other ranks.

In England, the 12th Battalion, along with the 6th, 9th and 11th Battalions, were formed into a Canadian Training Depot on 17 January 1915. The 12th was absorbed by a new 12th Canadian Reserve Battalion on 4 January 1917.

Official disbandment of the 12th Battalion came through General Order 149 of 1920.