Cat No.: CA0205:The preface to this book provides its own description of the aims and objectives of its publication:
THE CALL TO ARMS is the work of a few Montreal citizens who, with the aid of many friends, took upon themselves to endeavor to produce a tangible record of the manifold and splendid ways in which Montrealers, military and civil, have served their Country and their Empire during the last five months of 1914. Their first object was to record these facts; secondly, their desire was to serve the Montreal Patriotic Fund by turning over to its treasurer the proceeds of the publication, above the actual net cost of production and distribution. ...
The slightly over 200 pages of this rare expensive book are packed with the names of Montreal citizens who joined up or served the war effort in a civilian capacity. Particularly unusual is the number of women who are credited in their own right for their war work.
The book is not specific about its publication date but it does indicate that it was compiled in the last five months of 1914 so the military records give the names from the 1st and 2nd contingents of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF). It also gives a brief history of each military organization which was staffed with Montrealers, identifying them by name and service rank.
The military units whose members are identified are (in alphabetical order):
AMBULANCE, FIELD; ARMY SERVICE CORPS; ARTILLERY, MONTREAL HEAVY BRIGADE; CARABINIERS (MONT ROYAL) 65TH; CAVALRY REGIMENTS; EIGHTY-FIFTH REGIMENT; ENGINEERS, CANADIAN; GRENADIER GUARDS OF CANADA; GUIDES, CORPS OF; HEADQUARTERS STAFF; HIGHLANDERS, ROYAL, OF CANADA; HOME GUARD, MONTREAL; IRISH CANADIAN RANGERS; LE REGIMENT ROYAL CANADIEN; MCGILL TRAINING CORPS; PRINCESS PATRICIA'S LIGHT INFANTRY (Montreal recruits); VETERINARY CORPS, CANADIAN ARMY; VICTORIA RIFLES OF CANADA; WESTMOUNT RIFLES
The civilian organizations whose activities are described and whose participants are named are:
DAUGHTERS OF THE EMPIRE; FRANCO-BELGIAN SUB-COMMITTEE; PATRIOTIC FUND; RED CROSS, CANADIAN; RELIEF COMMITTEE, MONTREAL; SOLDIERS' WIVES LEAGUE; Y.M.C.A. IN WARTIME.
There is also an interesting section giving various scales of pay and allowance for those serving in the military.
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This great book has been loaned to us by Marc Leroux. Marc has joined Chris Wight to undertake the mammoth task of making a biographical database of all the Canadians who took part in The Great War. This work will be underway for a long time, but the current data base contents have been made available and can be found at http://www.canadianGreatWarProject.com/ Please visit their site so they know their work is being appreciated.
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