Huron Men Given Harvest Furlough to Help Bring in the Crops

Battalion Events – July 20, 1916

On July 20, 1916, the Goderich Signal printed a report in the Lads in Khaki column from Corporal Ernie Warner, a former Signal reporter. He wrote from Camp Borden that “For the next several weeks, men of the 161st will be given harvest furlough. They will be allowed to return to their homes to help harvest crops, if it is evident their presence and help is needed.” He also wrote, “While here, in Camp Borden, we have been issued with straw hats, which, though not adding greatly to our appearance, have added greatly to our comfort.”

Throughout the war, the Goderich Signal published many stories of military interest. One of their stories on the 161st Huron Battalion’s brass band was reprinted in The Canadian Bandsman. One of the quotes from the article stated that “Bandsman S.D. Grant is proud of his 37-piece band. When he took command of it last January, there were only 11 members, most of them being former members of The Clinton Kilties, a pipes and drums band. A few were from Wingham, like Basil Mundy and his brother, Theo were in this group from Wingham. Since then, Bandmaster S.D. Grant has increased it to the present number, most of the new members being recruited from the Huron County Militia.”

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