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Information on 248th battalion

April 9 2017 at 8:08 AM
Gord Watson 

My grandfather Percy Melville Watson was in the 248th battalion , 31st Regiment.
I'm trying to find what campaigns he would've fought in.

He lost a leg overseas during a battle and i'm not sure when that was.

Any information or a point in the direction of where i could find this information would be greatly appreciated.

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Re: Information on 248th battalion

April 9 2017, 4:30 PM 

The 248th was raised in Northern Ontario and was absorbed into the 7th and 8th reserve battalions on 9 Jun 1917 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/248th_Battalion,_CEF). Neither 7th or 8th Reserve Battalions regularly reinforced the 31st Bn CEF (an Alberta unit) but that is not uncommon. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/005/f2/005-1142.29.028-e.pdf) The 31st Bn CEF was part of the 6th Brigade, 2nd Division http://cefresearch.ca/wiki/index.php/31st_Battalion).

Looking at the 31st's history I would guess late Passchendaele or latter (ie 1918) if its the 31st Battalion

The CEF didn't use the tern Regiment, but the Home Militia did. In Canadian military speak they are almost interchangeable but do have different meanings. In May 1920 the 31st Grey Regiment was renamed the "The Grey Regiment", so that maybe his recruiting unit or post war regiment.

Getting his records will help a lot and there is lots of post on that subject
Have Fun

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Bill A


April 10 2017, 5:56 AM 

The 248th Bn was raised in Grey County, southern Ontario. The principal city of the area is Owen Sound. The 31st Regiment refers to the pre-1914 militia regiment, the 31st Grey Regiment. The crest of the 31st was used as the central design device on the 248th Bn cap badge. (There is some controversy about the badge. LAC records indicate that the OC of the battalion reported that they had had no other distinctive badge than the General List maple leaf pattern.)
The 248th was absorbed by the 7th and 8th Reserve Bns. The 7th was in turn absorbed by the 6th Reserve Bn. The 6th reinforced eastern Ontario bns at the front, the 2nd, 21st, 38th, and PPCLI. (The PPCLI were considered an Ottawa battalion for adm purposes for part of the war). The 8th reinforced the 54th, 38th, 102nd, and 116th at the end of the war.
However these reinforcement streams must be treated with caution. W.A. Alexander, original 248th Bn, went to the 8th Reserve and then served with the 4 CMRR.

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Dan Martel

Ignore my previous

April 11 2017, 10:01 AM 


Your grandfather's CEF attestation papers can be found here:

Unfortunately, it does not look like his entire service record has been digitized and made available on-line. You can go on to the LAC blog. New files are added every two weeks.

Good luck on your search.


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Michael Dorosh

Thank you gents

April 11 2017, 12:15 PM 

Dan, I deleted your earlier message, hope that is ok.

Thanks to all for helping out with this request.

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