Monday, 11 August 2014


The first recruitment posters for PPCLI appeared on August 11th, 1914 in several major Canadian cities across the country. Hamilton Gault and Lt-Col Farquhar rallied the support of friends and associates to fill the most prominent positions of command while a steady stream of letters arrived with offers from old allies to join the Regiment. Recruiting stations were set up in Calgary, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal. Captain “Teta” Buller, the new Regimental adjutant, established headquarters at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa prior to the expected arrival of recruits from all over the country. The majority of recruits were from Western Canada where many veterans had sought new lives after leaving the military. Preference was given to "ex-regulars of the Canadian and Imperial forces" and "men who saw service in South Africa." Recruits were expected to be physically fit, no more than 40 years of age, and in possession of "good" certificates of discharge. Most of the prospective officers had previous experience as regulars in the British Army. According to The Globe newspaper, the Toronto recruiting centre selected 87 volunteers on the first day of recruiting. The paper reported that the Regiment "will be as fine a body of infantry as has ever left Canada, since the men enrolled have seen service in either the Imperial or Canadian forces."