My grandfather, Charles Stanley Kinrade, joined the Canadian army in 1916 in Trail, B.C. where he was a company painter. At 32 he was deemed to be too old to be in a fighting unit so joined up with the 1st Canadian Overseas Pioneer Detail. He arrived in England June 29th, 1916 and his unit was immediately shipped across to France to join the Somme offensive where he was involved with digging trenches, bringing up shells, burial details and the such.
world war 1
From "The Salient: A Novel of the Great War" by Kim Kinrade: (Release date September 2014
"His Majesty's Government gratefully accepts your offer
to send an expeditionary force to this country,
and would be glad if it could be dispatched
as soon as possible."
- King George V to the Prime Minister
of Canada: August 1914
July1914 was definitely the month that changed the world. On July 23rd Austria sent an impossible ultimatum to Serbia and the response, although seen to many as reasonable, was flatly refused by the Austrian government. Therefore, pleased with Kaiser Wilhelm of Germany's assurances for support, Austria declared war on Serbia prompting Russian, Serbia's ally, to mobilize.