The Tanner

Lieutenant Colonel F. C. McCordick
35th (Toronto) BattalionMcCordick

My dear Col. McCordick,

If you haven’t already heard, you will be surprised to get this letter from me– in Germany. It happened at that awful slaughter– the 3rd battle of Ypres, & even now when I think of it all, I doubt my reality of existence…

…Hope all is well with you & 35th. Good luck & best regards to all.

(A. Watson Sime to McCordick, 3 July 1916)

Born on 2 June 1873 in St. Catherines, Ontario, Frank Case McCordick was a leather manufacturer and member of the 19th Regiment. In early 1915, he took command of the 35th  Battalion from Lieutenant Colonel Charles Frederick Bick who transferred to the 37th. Many of McCordick’s volunteers belonged to Toronto’s militia units, the Royal Grenadiers, the Queen’s Own Rifles, the 48th Highlanders, the 12th York Rangers, and the 109th Regiment.

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