Category: 207th (Ottawa-Carleton) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, World War I

Categories: Canadian Expeditionary Force, World War I | 43rd Duke of Cornwall Own Rifles

The 207th (Ottawa-Carleton) Battalion 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. While in training at Rockcliffe Camp, the battalion published a periodical The WhizBang, 19 issues of which are in the collection of the National Library at Ottawa. 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 Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, 2nd, 21st and 38th battalions all of which had Ottawa / Eastern Ontario origins, individual members would, however, serve several other units including the 4th, 5th, 20th 24th, 75th, 102nd, and 156th Infantry Battalions as well as the 2nd and 3rd Tunneling Company (Canadian Engineers).

The battalion is perpetuated by The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa (Duke of Edinburgh's Own).

Person Profiles (3)

14 Feb 1880 Sault Ste. Marie, Algoma, Ontario, Canada - 11 Jun 1917
28 Feb 1879 Hammerfest, Hammerfest, Finnmark, Norway - 20 Dec 1919
03 Oct 1885 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada - 14 May 1961 photo

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