Lt. Col. McCausland

Lieutenant Colonel A.J. McCausland
74th Battalion
McCausland

… one of the best things which would result from the war would be the associations which had been formed overseas. [McCausland] could not agree with some people who took the view that the men should hustle back into civilian life and forget all.

 (Toronto Globe, 27 March 1919, 6)

A Toronto native, Alan Joseph McCausland was born on 9 June 1887. He enlisted as a private in the Queen’s Own Rifles in 1903. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, he was a militia captain with the 36th Peel Regiment. At the age of twenty-eight, he was one of the youngest battalion commanders. He led the 74th overseas in March 1916, but the unit was subsequently broken up in England to provide reinforcements. Continue reading

The Undeterred

Lieutenant Colonel Donald Sutherland, D.S.O.
52nd, 71st, 74th, & 160th Battalions
Sutherland

A man that can fight, a fighter who’s fought,
A man to whom danger to self counts for naught,
A man all the way with a conduct sheet clean,
As a man and a soldier our Colonel’s beloved.
A man; Colonel Sutherland, that’s whom I mean.

(Lieut. L. Young, 71st Bn. “Our Colonel,” Bruce in Khaki, 12 Oct 1917, 2)

Born on 3 December 1879, Donald Matheson Sutherland was a Norwich County physician, militia officer in the 24th Grey Horse and member of Loyal Orange Lodge No. 999. In September 1914, he enlisted as a captain with the 1st Battalion. Wounded during the second battle of Ypres on 24 April 1915, he was invalided to Canada. After raising the 71st Battalion from Woodstock, he again embarked for England in April 1916.

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