Category: 97th Battalion (American Legion), Canadian Expeditionary Force, World War I

Categories: Canadian Expeditionary Force, World War I

An infantry battalion of the Great War Canadian Expeditionary Force. The 97th Battalion was authorized on 22 December 1915. The 97th Battalion recruited in, and was mobilized at, Toronto, Ontario. The 97th Battalion was commanded by Lt.-Col. A.B. Clarke and then Lt.-Col. W.L. Jolly from 18 September 1916 to 24 December 1916.

Known as the American Legion do to the high number of American recruits. Due to a series of unfortunate events on the way, consisting of desertions and unfounded embezzlement charges; the unit was tagged with the nickname of the “Lost Legion”.

Embarked for Britain on 19 September 1916 and when the 97th arrived at Otter Pool Camp, near Shorncliffe, Kent, England, the once proud American Legion was broken up and its men used for replacement of casualties at the front. Personnel were absorbed by the Depots of The Royal Canadian Regiment, CEF, and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, also reinforcements for the Canadian Corps in the field.

The 97th Battalion was awarded the battle honour THE GREAT WAR 1916.

The 97th Battalion (American Legion), CEF is not perpetuated by any Canadian Army unit.


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27 Jun 1879 Ypsilanti, Washtenaw, Michigan, United States - 23 Dec 1916 photo

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