30 Sept 1914
The stern of a crowded troopship, September 1914.

THIS DAY IN RMR HISTORY, 30 September 1914 – “Late on the afternoon of September 30th the Alaunia and Andania, together with other transports, weighed anchor and slipped downstream. Crowds lined the Dufferin Terrace and storms of cheering swept from shore drawing answering cheers from the troops on deck.  Bands played; and suddenly there thundered over the waters from the ships a mighty chorus of voices singing “O’Canada” and “Auld Lang Syne.”  Soon, however, this chorus faded as the ships gathered speed and headed for their secret destination”  [2]


[1] Dodds, Brig.- Gen. W. O. H., C.M.G., D.S.O. (J.A.Millar) Photographs Relating to the Great War, 1914-1918.; Special Collections, University of Victoria Libraries.  http://spcoll.library.uvic.ca/Digit/WOD/Individual%20Photos/26_7.htm
[2] R.C. Featherstonhaugh, The Royal Montreal Regiment 14th Battalion C.E.F. 1914-1925, Montreal, The Gazette, Printing Co., Ltd., 1927, pg. 12.



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