Pte. Richard Oscar SWEET 20 Canadian Infantry.

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Pte. Richard Oscar SWEET 20 Canadian Infantry.

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14-15 Star and War & Victory Medals.

Born in Cornwall, he moved to Canada – where he signed up in 1914.
He died in the Veterans Hospital in Canada in the 60’s.
The 20th CEF battalion was mobilized on 7th November 1914 at the Exhibition Grounds, Toronto.
Considerable copy paperwork.

CANADIAN INFANTRY BATTALIONS
When Great Britain accepted Canada’s offer to send an infantry division on Aug 06 1914, it was
expected that it would be comprised of some of the 60,000 members of the Canadian militia.
Instead Colonel Sam Hughes, Minister of Militia and Defence 1911-1916 decided to organize
volunteers into new consecutively-numbered battalions.
The First Contingent of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which sailed on Oct 03 1914, was
comprised of the 1st to 17th battalions plus the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. By
the end of the war there would be two hundred and sixty numbered battalions in existence.

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