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2nd Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force,

   The 2nd Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force was created in response to the First World War. The battalion comprised local militia in many regions of Ontario (and even from Quebec City). Men came from as far away as Sault Ste. Marie to join in Canada’s military endeavor. Local militia gathered at Valcartier, in August 1914 and became part of the 2nd Battalion.

The original officers were drawn from the various regiments that recruited for the battalion, including the Governor General's Foot Guards of Ottawa, the 16th Prince Edward Regiment, the 40th Northumberland Regiment, the 41st Brockville Rifles, and the 42nd Regiment (Lanark and Renfrew), among others.

The battalion boarded the S.S. Cassandra from Quebec City on 22 September 1914, but sailed only as far as the Gaspé Basin, where more troops were collected. The battalion finally left the Gaspé Basin on 3 October as part of a convoy of at least 30 other ships, carrying a combined 32,000 Canadian soldiers, which would be the first of the Canadian infantry contributions to the war.

The Cassandra landed at Plymouth on 25 October, where the battalion disembarked and began rigorous training for the European battlefield.

On 8 February 1915, the battalion was mobilized for war. They sailed out of England aboard the S.S. Blackwell, bound for France. The battalion’s first taste of battle came later that month, on 19 February, when they entered the trench system at Armentières.

Their first battle was the Second Battle of Ypres, in April 1915. When the battalion pulled out of the battle, on 29 April, the final count included 6 officers and 68 other ranks killed, 4 officers and 158 other ranks wounded, and 5 officers and 302 other ranks missing, for a combined loss of 543 men.

The 2nd Battalion also fought at the battles of Ypres, St. Julien, Festubert, Pozières, Vimy (1917), Arleux, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Amiens, and Canal du Nord, to name only a few. By the end of the war, 242 officers and 5,084 other ranks had fought with the battalion. Of those, 52 officers and 1,227 other ranks were killed in action, accidentally killed, or died of their injuries.

At 8:30 on the morning of 24 April 1919, the 2nd Battalion was officially demobilized at Kingston, Ontario.

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  • Rowlands Benjamin. Pte. (d.30th Sep 1918)

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Pte. Benjamin Rowlands 2nd Btn. Eastern Ontario Regiment (d.30th Sep 1918)

Benjamin Rowlands, served in the 1st Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment, Canadian Infantry. He died age 23 on the 30th September 1918 and is remembered at Jarrow Library, he is buried in Niederzwehren Cemetery.

Benjamin was born in Stockton 1895, a native of Jarrow, son of Robert and Elizabeth Rowlands, 131 Bede Burn Road, Jarrow. In the 1911 census the family were living at 27 Elm St, Jarrow with father Robert(47) a steelworker in steel plant and mother Elizabeth(40) married for 16 years having had 6 children of whom 5 survived. Benjamin(16) the eldest appears to be a number taker at a goods yard for N.E. Railways, Robert (13), David Thomas(11) and Edward(8) are students. The youngest is Blodwin the only daughter aged 3.

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