Lieutenant Colonel J. Hilliard Rorke
248th (Grey) Battalion
The enthusiasm of Lt.-Col. J. Hilliard Rorke is catching and the 1000 Leaguers of all over the County have got the spirit of extreme optimism and are entering upon the campaign with renewed vigour.
(Flesherton Advance, 15 Feb 1917, 4)
Facing the dismal late-war recruiting environment, Joseph Hilliard Rorke devised a new strategy to fill his battalion. In January 1917, he formed the “1000 Thousand League,” composed of one thousand citizens in Grey County who each pledged to secure one volunteer by 1 March.
Lieutenant Colonel Allan A. Magee, D.S.O.
148th (McGill C.O.T.C.) Battalion
“You are told that Montreal’s record for recruiting is wonderful. I tell you Montreal’s record is simply rotten,” said Lt.-Col. Magee at His Majesty’s Theatre last night in a stirring speech…
“We have tried to stir up the patriotism of Montreal but it seems as though we must give up because there is nothing left to stir.”
(Ottawa Journal, 1 March 1916)
Allan Angus Magee was a Montreal lawyer and graduate of the University of Toronto. He was born on 17 February 1881 in London Ontario. At the outbreak of the war, Magee joined the Canadian Officer Training Corps at McGill University as second-in-command. In November 1915, he was selected to raise the 148th Battalion from Montreal.