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Larry Bertoia
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posted 12 July 2021 23:07      Profile for Larry Bertoia   Author's Homepage   Email Larry Bertoia   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I am looking for some information or a pointer on how to get it hopefully someone maybe able to help.
I have located my grandfather's WW1 CEF attestation papers on the net and have ordered a copy of his military record. However written across the attestation document is '45th Battalion' but when I look up this battalion in Nicholson's history of the CEF there is no reference at all. In his obituary it says that he served in the '45th Highlanders' and overseas for 4 years, but obits are notoriously inaccurate. Does anybody know if the 45th Battalion existed or where I might find the information on it. He lived in Manitoba when he joined so I thought it might have something to do with the Manitoba regiment but have had no luck there either.

Any assistance will be appreciated. Please email me directly at [email protected]


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posted 01 August 2021 20:02      Profile for reg1   Email reg1   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
:hi this is reg1 i could not find enything on the 45th highlanders. but i think you are maybe getting mixed up with the manitoba regiment. the manitoba reg. (the 45th infantry battalian) never served in france because when it mobilized in july 1st 1915, it sailed only in march 1916. it arrived in england with a strength of 38 officers and 720 other ranks (commanding officer "l.col.f.j. clarke. now remember like most of the numbered battalians, the 45th was sent to a reserve battalian. the it is possible that he was transferd to a highland battalian in francebut not the 45th. i wish i could see those papers. i hope that i helped just a little bit. my address is [email protected] give me a shout

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posted 07 August 2021 14:11      Profile for XCameron   Email XCameron   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Could be the 48th Highlanders

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Bill Alexander
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posted 12 August 2021 05:52      Profile for Bill Alexander   Email Bill Alexander   Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
The WWI CEF consisted of 260 Inf Bns, most of which were fed into the reinforcement of the 50 CEF front line Bns. (For example, the 45th Bn from Manitoba was absorbed by the 11th Reserve Bn in England and used to reinforce the 16th, 27th and 43rd Bn in France.) The 43rd is of interest, because it was a highland battalion, the Cameron Highlanders of Winnipeg. It is also possible that the confusion between 43 and 45 is the result that he enlisted with one and had his active service with the other. The 48th Highlanders served in WWI as the 15th Bn CEF.

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