125th Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force, Brantford, Ontario 1915

100 Years Ago Today - A Brant County Battalion Has Now Been Authorized

BX November 1, 1915

A Brant County Battalion Has Now Been Authorized – Will Start Recruiting Immediately – Authorization to Officer and Recruit a Battalion of Brant County Men Was Received Here on Saturday From the Militia Department. 
Brant County will now have the opportunity to recruit a battalion for overseas service, official authorization having been received from the minister of militia on Saturday afternoon.  A determined effort, with the objective of a complete battalion, officered and manned by volunteers from Brantford and its immediate environs, will now be made to complete the establishment of the unit as quickly as possible, although there are a multitude of details yet to be arranged, enlistment for the Brant County Battalion will be commenced immediately. 

At the request of military and civic officials, W.F. Cockshutt, M.P., wrote to Ottawa last week, asking that the minister of militia to reconsider his decision of a few weeks ago, at which time he declined to grant the necessary permission to Brant County.  The letter probably reached its destination on Saturday morning and at 3 o’clock Saturday afternoon the following reply was received: 

“Letter, 28th, received.  Start recruiting Brant County regiment to-day if you like.”

It is understood that all members of the active service companies now recruited here, and not assigned to other units, will be given an opportunity of forming the nucleolus of the battalion.  There are about 50 members of the 38th Dufferin Rifles who will start the ball rolling.  Of the Dragoons now on active service here, 40 will leave to join the mounted infantry battalion and the balance it is expected will be linked up with the Brant County unit.  Of the 32nd Battery, members there seem to be some doubt.  In probability the members of the battery will be given an opportunity to transfer to the Brant Battalion if they desire.  From these three companies it is expected that approximately 200 men can be used to form the foundation of the battalion.

Plenty of Officers

In regard to the officers of the battalion there would appear to be an abundance of material.  It is stated in well-informed circles that there are already three applications from eligible Brantford officers to take command of the regiment.  Two of these are cavalry officers and the third an infantry officer.  No official announcement has yet been made however.  It is also stated that there is no dearth of applications for positions on the staff and other appointments.

Division Officers Here

Yesterday afternoon in a powerful green military car Major-General Logie, accompanied by Adjutant Harry Osborne, who is acting as quartermaster, No. 2 Military division visited the city.  During his stay here, Gen. Logie, who is in command of this division, embracing Toronto, Hamilton, St. Catharines and Brantford, visited the old post office building, which though acquired by the city of Brantford, is being used for military purposes until the close of the war.  Some disagreement had arisen between the officers commanding the 32nd Battery and the 25th Brant Dragoons in regards to the disposition of the building, each of the units having claimed a portion of the accommodation of the first floor.  General Logie quickly settled the differences by allotting the entire main floor to the battery, while the Dragoons will occupy the balance of the building, including the third floor.

At the Kerby house, where General Logie was headquartered, many of the officers of the local regiments were present and conversed with the commanding officer in regard to numerous matters of military importance, particularly those arising out of the authorization of the Brant County Battalion.  General Logie and his party left in the early evening for Hamilton and Toronto.