100 Years Ago: Second Contingent Reaches Shorncliffe

The Intelligencer March 8, 1915 (page 1)

“Shorncliffe Camp Greets the Second Contingent from Canada. London. (Special) The four thousand men of the second Canadian expeditionary force who have reached England will be quartered at Shorncliffe camp, which is a big improvement over Salisbury Plain, and the men will be more comfortably quartered than the Canadians who came across in October. The camp at Shorncliffe is within a mile of the railway station, and is located on dry soil. There are paved roads and sidewalks, and there are brick huts to quarter the troops. The camp is also within easy reach of Folkestone, one of the most pleasant and picturesque seaside resorts in England.

Although the arrival of the contingent was quietly effected, the Canadians were given an enthusiastic reception when they reached Liverpool on Thursday night, the welcome being all the more hearty because the appearance of the troopships dispelled the rumors from hostile sources. The movement of the troops from the port to the camp was begun on Friday, and by midnight on Saturday the last of the troops had reached Shorncliffe.

The health of the men on the voyage is reported to have been excellent. On one of the ships a grand military athletic tournament was held during the voyage. Some of the men seem to fear that they will not get a chance to go to the front like the first Canadian contingent. This is caused by the belief that the war will be over before their period of training in England is completed.”