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Fernie Boys with 54th Battalion on their way to fight in World War One - The Free Press Files
Fernie Boys with 54th Battalion on their way to fight in World War One
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May 2, 1915

Free Press Files

The recruiting for the 54th Kootenay Battalion during the past week has been very satisfactory and Capt. Moffatt is well pleased with the class of men who are offering themselves. About sixty have already passed their medical examiner and a number have volunteered who have not yet come before him. A number of men have been turned down owing to their teeth; in fact our contingent would have almost reached the allotted 200 if it had not been for this defect. It would seem to us as though a fund should be raised to provide dental treatment for those who are willing to offer their services to their country. It seems rather hard to expect a man to put up from $25 to $100, probably all the money he has to secure this treatment. It has been suggested that the funds raised at the smoker this evening should be used for this purpose. And if such is the case, a liberal collection should be secured. If you cannot go yourself this will be a grand opportunity to provide a substitute who is eager to take your place.

Following are the names of those who have enlisted to date:

Capt. Moffatt

Lt. K. C. Corasan

James Stacey

Thomas Slater

Cooper Stevenson

John Kellock

Henry E. McKay

Harry F. Armstrong

James Allen

Jack B. Harris

Bernard J. L. Dufficy

Robert Laurey

Andrew Black

John P. Gregory

John L. Palmer

Robert Railton

Peter Kennedy

James Blakemore

John A. Price

Thomas Sheridan

Andrew J. Corrigan

Duncan J. Cody

Alexander Houle

George Kelly

Jack Randall

Chas H. Hunnable

Patrick J. Joyce

Wm. Forsythe

George P. Eddie

James Dobie

Wm. Anderson

Geo W. Cody

Geo Y. Linn

Walter Harrison

R. M. McLennan

Thomas Doray

W. E. Duthie

David Gash

J. L Quaife

Wm. Smith

J.W. Shorthouse

Wm. Wheeler

Joseph Biggs

Edward Moon

W. H. Carson

E. G. Westby

John White

J. A. Fisher

W. Smith

F. H. Collinge

Joseph Morin

C. M. Sinclair

R.H. Parnell

Geo S. Anderson

Edward Roberts

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