At half past eleven in the morning on October 27, 1914, forty volunteers from Berlin rushed to London to enlist in the second Canadian contingent to be sent overseas. Of these forty men, only 25 were actually admitted for active service after the medical examinations. Three of them were born here in Berlin.
It was resolved at a special City Council session on Saturday evening that there would be a festive celebration for the volunteers.
(„Abschiedsfeier für die Berliner Freiwilligen“, Berliner Journal, 28 October 1914)