WW1 lot 4 photos 207th (Ottawa Carleton) Battalion Bugle Band 1916-17

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NIce grouping of the 207th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, organized in Ottawa. All items relate to the Bugle Band of that Battalion. They moved from Ottawa, to Amherst N.S, then to England, and finally to the Field in France in 1917.

Photo postcard of Bugle Band in front of Carnegie Library (Ottawa)

Photo of band member standing at entrance of the classic Carnegie Library .

Written on negative ‘207 BATT BAND C.E.F OTTAWA 1916'.

Small smudge on back. Unused

Photo muster parade Amherst N.S. (1917)

Soldiers and officers in square.

Written on back:

 207th Batt. C.E.F.
Muster parade in heavy marching order with Kit Bags
Amherst N.S



8.50 x 11 cm

Photo of marching band in formation Amherst N.S. 1917

Written on back:

Amherst N.S. Feb 22nd 1917
207th Batt. C.E.F.
Bugle Band
Front Centre drummer Sgt. Clarke McLeod (ed. Clark)
Behind him rt. Side Sgt. B. Wilson


Some paper indent  left side

6.50 x 11 cm

Photo of Sgt. Clark McLeod 207th Bugle Band

Photo of Sgt. Clark Mcleod taken in open area, bricks on background (France?).

Written on back:

Drummer Sgt. Clarke McLeod (ed. Clark)
207 Ottawa Carleton Bn
Bugle Band


Thinned LR back

7 x 4.50 cm

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

Who was Clark McLeod

  • Lived in Ottawa
  • Born Oct 31st 1894 and not married
  • Trade was shoe salesman
  • Took his attestation on May 31st 1916
  • Regimental #246193
  • Sailed for France June 2nd 1917 on the S.S. Olympic and arrived in England on June 9th
  • Over there was part of Ottawa Carleton 7th Res Battalion, Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Dec. 13 1917, Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp (C.C.R. Camp, Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp - centre in France where troops were held before being sent to reinforce existing units), then back to Ottawa Carleton Battalion
  • He sailed back to Canada from Liverpool on August 3rd 1919 


The 207th (Carleton) Battalion, CEF was a battalion of the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force.

It was organized at Ottawa by Lt Col Charles Wesley MacLean with members recruited by the 43rd Regiment "Duke of Cornwall's Own Rifles" and volunteers from Carleton County and environs beginning in February 1916. Initial training was conducted at Rockcliffe Camp at which time the battalion earned its unofficial nickname "MacLean's Athletes" due to its participation in sports, especially rugby and baseball. Additional training was done at Amherst, Nova Scotia from January 1917; the battalion sailed from Halifax with a strength of 27 officers and 652 men on June 2, 1917.

The 207th was absorbed by the 7th Reserve Bn, most members of the 207th being used to reinforce the PPCLI,...

The battalion incorporated both brass and bugle bands. The brass band was led by a member of the 43rd Regiment, Lieutenant J.M. Brown, and included twenty-two members, while the bugle band was forty-two strong. Used primarily for recruiting purposes, both bands also provided "the necessary music for marching, whenever required."

…The battalion's training regime was suddenly interrupted in late February and March 1917 because of an outbreak of infectious diseases in Amherst. On March 1 two cases of scarlet fever, two cases of German measles, and seven cases of mumps were reported in the 207th...Of 710 officers and men with the 207th in Amherst by this point, a total of 104 were sent to the local hospital during March suffering from an infectious disease