The 19th Battalion was originally formed the 7th of November, 1914
at the Exhibition Park in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Soon the battalion went from High Park to the shores of England on
the USS Scandanavian on the 23rd of May, 1915. They trained in Shorncliffe, Kent at West Sandling camp. By September
of that same year the 19th landed in Boulogne, France to begin over 4 years of service on the European continent.
During their service, the men of the 19th fought on the Vimy Ridge,
in the environs of Transloy- endured Passchendaele, the German offensives "Michael" and "Georgette", Amiens, and many other battles
to finally push the German Army into surrendering their arms in November of 1918.
During good times, the men often played soccer, had shooting contests,
played their instruments, enjoyed church services, and challenged other battalions. During the bad times, they slept in dirty,
smelly, infested holes, constantly wore gas protection, marched back and forth from trenches to reserve camps, were bombarded
by shells, both gas and not, were exposed to sudden raids by Germans, and even had to shoot their own men who had deserted.
We shall never forget those men who did so much for us.