On 15 October 1914, the Canadian government called for a Second Field Division to be formed in order to further its aim of 100,000 troops for the British forces. At the end of September the First Contingent had finished training at Valcatier, Quebec and was shipped to Liverpool, England for their final stint of training. Over 22,000 men were to be shipped immediately to Valcatier for training. Once this division had completed its training, Canada’s total commitment to the war effort will have reached 50,000 in a three-month span.
(Photo courtesy of the Canadian War Museum; “Canada Will Send Second Field Force,” Hespeler Herald, 15 October 1914)