100 Years Ago: 34th Batterymen Leave for Valcartier

The Intelligencer August 29, 1914 (page 7)

“Previous to the march to the station of the local contingent, the batterymen were lined up on the parade ground of the Armouries and were photographed. At this time there were thousands of citizens of all classes about the grounds, some joyful, others sorrowful. …  Mayor Wills, in addressing the men, said he could not but regret the fact that an occasion had arisen when it was necessary for them to leave the city. It was, however, a source of pride to the citizens to see so many volunteer to go to the front. …  Colonel W.N. Ponton, Chairman of the Board of Education, briefly addressed the men …  pointing out their responsibility as gunners, for without the cannon infantry and cavalry could not act. ….

The boys were then formed up, and to the stirring music of the regimental band under the leadership of Bandmaster Hinchey, stepped off on the march to the station, along Bridge, Front and Dundas streets, the walks on either side were crowded and cheer after cheer rent the air as the brave boys passed by. The St. Michael’s Cadet Bugle Band were also in the parade and gave selections on the march. It is estimated that there were between 4,000 and 5,000 persons assembled at the C.N.O.R. station and grounds to bid adieu to the boys. It was indeed a scene that will long be remembered in this city.”