Theme Collections

85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders)

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Photos and Postcards - WW1 - General

  • Photos and Photo Postcards - Eight miscellaneous studio portrait photos or photo postcards showing 85th Battalion soldiers.

  • Photos - Eight photos showing officers of the 85th Battalion. Most appear to be taken towards the end of the war.

  • Photo - Two studio portrait photos of Walter Trueman Ruggles, an officer in the 85th Battalion, circa 1916-1917.

  • Photo - One studio portrait photo of Glenn Harlan Keeler, an officer in the 85th Battalion, circa 1918-1919.
     

Photos and Postcards - WW1 - Canada - 1915 to 1916

  • Panoramic Photo - One large panoramic 85th Battalion photo taken in Halifax, NS, during the winter of 1915-1916.

  • Panoramic Photo - One large panoramic photo of "B" Company, of the 85th Battalion, taken in Halifax, NS, during the winter of 1915-1916. 

  • Photo Postcard - One photo postcard showing soldiers of the 85th Battalion on the march in the snow, Halifax, NS, circa winter of 1915-1916. 

  • Panoramic Photo - One large panoramic 85th Battalion photo taken at Camp Aldershot, NS, 1916.

  • Photo - One photo of the 85th Battalion regimental band, Halifax, circa 1915-1916.

  • Photo Postcard - One photo postcard of the 85th Battalion on the march in front of the Halifax Armoury, circa 1915-1916.

  • Photo - One photo of 85th Battalion soldiers in Amherst, NS, circa March 1916.
     

Photos and Postcards - WW1 - Europe - 1916 to 1919

  • Photos - Five photos showing posed large groups of soldiers taken in Europe. Three of the photos are groups of officers.

  • Photos - Two photos of Prime Minister Sir Robert Borden reviewing 85th Battalion soldiers, France, 1917 

  • Photos - Two photos showing 85th Battalion soldiers marching to the front, France, 1917 

  • Photo - One photo showing an inspection of kilted 85th Battalion soldiers By Prime Minister Borden, France, 1918.

  • Photos - Five group photos of kilted 85th Battalion soldiers taken in Lozinghem, France, 1918.

  • Photos - Three photos of Field Marshal Sir Douglas Haig with Canadian soldiers, including those from the 85th Battalion, France, 1918.

  • Photos - Two Miscellaneous photos pertaining to the 85th Battalion.

  • Photo Postcard - One photo postcard showing the 85th Battalion Regimental Band marching in the victory parade for overseas troops in London, England, May 3, 1919.
     

Photos and Postcards - WW1 - Home Comings

  • ​​Photo Postcard - One photo postcard showing 85th Battalion soldiers on board the troop ship SS Adriatic in Halifax, after arriving home from overseas, June 9, 1919.

  • Photo Postcards - Ten photo postcards showing the home coming parade and final line up ceremonies after the 85th Battalion arrived back in Halifax, June, 1919.

  • Panoramic Photo - Large panoramic battalion photo taken in Halifax, NS, June, 1919 

  • Photos - Three photos showing ceremonies after the 85th Battalion arrived back in Halifax, June, 1919
     

Photos - Post WW1

  • Photo -  One photo showing a large group of 85th Battalion veterans at a reunion in Lunenburg, NS, in 1962.
     

Documents

  • 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) - A Brief History - Four page brief history of the 85th Battalion written by local historian Bruce MacDonald of Antigonish in 2017.

  • Borden Recruiting Letter - Four page letter from Lt-Col. Allison H. Borden addressed to the the Boys and Girls of the Nova Scotia Schools and dated February 14, 1916. Borden was the commanding officer of the 85th Battalion and appointed commanding officer of the newly authorized Nova Scotia Highland Brigade. In the letter Border urges school children to talk to their fathers, older brothers, and older male friends about enlisting in the new brigade to fight the Germans.

  • Farewell Card - Printed fold out card with a farewell message from, Lt-Col. Ralston, the commanding officer of the 85th Battalion. These cards were addressed and given to the men of the battalion in June, 1919, while they were on board the troop transport Adriatic and on their way home.
     

Artifacts

  • Cap Badges -  Images showing the front and reverse of three different cap badges from the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders).

 

 

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