16th CEF Batallion WW1
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Above are the scans of a Cap Badge for the Canadian 16th CEF Batallion of WW1 vintage, an O/R white metal composition. In excellent condition with both original vertically positioned lugs intact. (view scans)
The 16th (Canadian Scottish) Battalion, CEF was organized at Val Cartier, outside of Montreal, on 2 September 1914 in response to the WWI necessities, and was composed of recruits from the Argylle & Sutherland Regiment and the 79th Queen's Own Cameron Highlanders. The 16th Battalion served in the 3rd Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division. Since its early beginnings, the battalion had a high standard of conduct on the battlefield and was commanded by outstanding leaders. One such was Lieutenant-General Sir Arthur Currie KCMG, who rose to command the Canadian Corps (the first real Canadian Army) during World War One. Four members of the 16th Battalion were awarded the Victoria cross. Piper James Cleland Richardson, Private William Johnstone Milne, Lance-Corporal William Henry Metcalf and Lieutanant-Colonel Cyrus Wesley Peck. Lieutenant-Colonel Cyrus Peck commanded the battalion for many months in the trenches. Piper James Richardson was just 18 years old when he enlisted, and was killed during the Battle of the Somme shortly after having played his company through No Man's Land. He disappeared in shellfire after going back to retrieve the bagpipes, he had laid aside, to bring back a wounded comrade...
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