“For the past two years, I have been “tweeting” Guysborough County enlistments, in addition to events related to Nova Scotia’s First World War battalions, one hundred years to the day after their occurrence. The tweets are available on my Twitter feed @brucefmacdonald and also appear in a window to the right of this blog column. If you have a Twitter account, you are invited to “follow” me.
“Due to the large number of enlistments in late March and early April 1916, I am posting information for March 31 on this blog. Similar posts will follow, covering enlistments from April 1 to 5 inclusive. Enlistment tweets will resume on April 6, when numbers become more manageable. You may wonder why were there so many enlistments during this six-day period. Here is a brief explanation.
In March and April 1916, military recruiters visited Nova Scotia’s smaller communities for the first time since the First World War’s commencement. Their goal was to raise personnel for three recently authorized battalions—the 193rd, 185th and 291th—who, along with the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders), formed the Nova Scotia Highland Brigade.”
To continue reading, visit First World War Veterans of Guysborough County.