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Sidney 1300 # 034 Canadian Army - 2

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On 25 April 1915, they sailed from Southampton to Le Havre on board the SS Maidan & HMT Mattaran. There were 90 waggons, 4 officers, 155 Other Ranks and 211 horses. After two days stay in Le Havre they took a train to Neuville, a suburb of Montreuil-sur-Mer, near Le Touquet.

From Le Havre the 1st Battalion Park Reserve moved up the coast. Some men moved into the 1st Train Division to fill the losses, the rest provided a service of horse-pulled waggons to other units to fetch and carry supplies.


On 23 Sept 1916 Sidney was transferred to the 1st Train Division. In their War Diaries it describes how their companies were transferred into different battalions of 1st TD.  Without knowing which company Sidney was in, we don’t know where he would have gone, though these are all North-East of Amiens:


The Division moved around the Front until the end of 1918, as shown in the next map. Here they supported the front line by building the small railways used to rapidly move goods and arms as close to the front line as possible, as well as feeding men and horses.

One entry in the diary describes the men fixing the narrow-gauge railway in Sausage Valley in the Somme.

The Division became part of the 2nd British Army going into Germany, and  were in Cologne at the end of 1918.

Sidney came safely through all this, having served nearly five years, and was discharged as a Driver in  April 1919.