Before the 161st Huron Battalion even began their transatlantic voyage to the England, four Canadian Divisions were preparing for the Vimy offensive. Those Divisions in France began making their way towards Vimy, while troops in England began training for an all-Canadian offensive, their first in the battle against Germany.
When the 161st Huron Battalion landed in England, they too began training for the fight ahead on French soil.
Battalion Events – October 1916
“In October 1916, before the Battalion went overseas, Col. Combe, with a detachment of “B” Company travelled to Goderich and headed by the 161st Band, marched to the steps of the Court House with the Colours. Rev. J.B. Fotheringham, rector of St. George’s Church, consecrated the Colours and they were handed over to Sheriff Reynolds to be placed in the Court House for safekeeping until after the war. Col. Combe in his address, gave a very glowing tribute to the men of the Huron Battalion for the splendid showing on their last inspection that decided on their going overseas, and they now ranked in Class A.” (From journal of Lieut. Cpl. J.K. Cornish, Clinton Branch of Royal Canadian Legion)