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85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) CEF

 

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This section contains two photos showing Canadian Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden reviewing soldiers of the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders). They were taken in Gouy-Servins, France, on March 9, 1917. At the time, "B" and "C" Companies were in the line on working parties. "A" and "D" Companies were marched to Gouy-Servins to be reviewed by the prime minister. Prime Minister Borden was an Honorary Colonel of the 85th Battalion and was a cousin of Lt-Col. Allison H. Borden, the first commanding officer of the battalion and commanding officer of the Nova Scotia Highland Brigade during its brief lifespan.

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Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden Reviews Soldiers of the 85th Battalion

Gouy-Servins, France

March 9, 1917

The soldier with the dark moustache, just behind Prime Minister Borden's shoulder, and looking directly at the camera, is Major Percival Anderson from Big Baddeck, Victoria County, Cape Breton. He was the commanding officer of "D" Company. He was awarded a Military Cross for his actions during the battle for Vimy Ridge which took place a month after this photo was taken. Major Anderson was later killed in action at Passchendaele on October 30, 1917.

Photographer:  Unknown
Ref. Number:  0-2 (2-1.3)
Image Information:  Received as electronic file
Source:  Library and Archives Canada PA-000871
 


Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden Reviews Soldiers of the 85th Battalion

Gouy-Servins, France

March 9, 1917

Photographer:  Unknown
Ref. Number:  0-2 (2-2.3)
Image Information:  Received as electronic file
Source:  Library and Archives Canada PA-000924
 

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