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165th Battalion - World War I Yarmouth Connections
The 165th (French Acadian) Battalion, CEF was a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War. Based in Moncton, New Brunswick, the unit began recruiting in late 1915 throughout the Maritime provinces. The Battalion embarked Canada on the SS Metagama at Halifax on March 25, 1917 and disembarked in England at Liverpool on April 4, 1917. In England, the Battalion was absorbed into the 13th Reserve Battalion. The soldiers from Yarmouth County were transferred to various Companies of the Canadian Forestry Corps and served throughout England and France. One soldier, private Cyrille Edward Pothier transferred to the 22nd Battalion. Thirty three men with connections to Yarmouth Town and County enlisted in the 165th Battalion.
Postcard sent July 25, 1916 from Major Emile Jean Stehelin to his daughter Bernadette from Valcartier Camp, the location of the training camp for the 165th (Acadiens) Battalion, CEF.
Valcartier Canadian Army Camp in 1916. The camp was spilt into various Battalions. The 165th Battalion is identified in the photo.
Canadian Forestry Corps at work. (Windsor Park) Canada. Dept. of National Defence/Library and Archives Canada
22nd Battalion resting in a shell hole on their way to the front line. September, 1917 William Rider-Rider/DND/Library and Archives Canada/PA-2045