For our heroes, life at Bramshott was not as comfortable as their hot, hazy days at Paradise Camp. The training was similar but discipline was much more rigid. The barracks were relatively comfortable but at close quarters. Health problems reared an ugly head and Spinal Meningitis took hold in the camp. Two men lost their lives. The first casualties of War for the 58th. On January 3rd, Pte. Oscar Gallagher died, followed 3 days later by Bugler, Harry Rance.

In mid January, word got around that the 58th had been chosen to got to France. In February, the 58th was selected for the 9th Brigade in the 3rd Division. They were joined by 43rd, from Winnipeg, 52nd, from Port Arthur and the 60th from Montreal. On February 20, the Battalion moved to Southampton and then  across the Channel to LeHavre, France. The War was about to begin in earnest!Lehavre_b

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I am a retired Math Professor and now a budding author. Who would have thought? I was born in Toronto and grew up in a family of 5 boys and 1 girl. I went to Winchester Street Public School up to grade 8 and then attended Jarvis Collegiate Institute, up to grade 13. After high school I attended the University of Toronto and graduated with 2 degrees (BA honours and BEd). Following was a career in teaching, including 34 years at Humber College in Toronto, teaching Mathematics and Statistics. I managed to coauthor one textbook, an introductory Stats book. I am married to the beautiful Beth and have a great loving son named Jonathan McLaren Law. Oh yes, I am a lifelong Toronto Maple Leafs fan. I lived happily in Bolton in beautiful Caledon ON for 31 years, and I am now living in Burlington ON and loving it too. The book is available on Amazon.ca, Chapters - Indigo and Barnes & Noble.

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