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A gift from the town for the earliest First World War volunteers

In this week's Remember This, the town sends off the first volunteers from Collingwood to the First Canadian Contingent in the First World War.
Huron Institute No. 16, Collingwood Museum Collection X2009.61.1

On August 14th, 1914, just weeks after the start of the First World War, these local men joined the First Canadian Contingent to fight on the front lines.

The group was selected out of thirteen volunteers by Captains G.E. McLean and Carmichael. The men gathered at what is now the Collingwood Curling Club, which was used as an armoury during the war. They departed from the armoury and marched behind a band down Hurontario Street to the Grand Trunk Railway Station, which was already filled with people waiting to cheer on the volunteers and bid them farewell.

Mayor D. C. Barr briefly addressed the men. He commented on how proud the town was of them, and promised a lively welcome when they came back to Collingwood. Each man was presented with a ten dollar bill, a gift from the Town of Collingwood.

At 4:10 pm, the train arrived, and the soldiers left their home.

Remember This is a weekly series of historic photographs submitted by the Collingwood Museum to These photographs were originally collected and documented by the Huron Institute in an historical catalogue entitled Huron Institute Paper and Records: Volume III. Much of Collingwood’s early history has been preserved due to the dedication and foresight of the early museum’s founders, namely its secretary-curator David Williams, upon its establishment in 1904.