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Loyalty to the Crown (5 October 1914)

Several articles were published addressing the English and Germanic background of the Waterloo Region during the first months of the war. A Berlin Daily Telegraph article explained, on 15 October, that regardless of one’s background, everyone was fighting for Great Britain and the King. The article made it clear that those of German origin or background should not be separated from English-Canadians and would fight for the British Empire through labour on the homefront or service on the frontlines. The picture below shows the local Breithaupt family’s tanning factory. The Breithaupts, who were of German heritage, began producing materials for British forces just weeks after the war began.

(Photo courtesy of Waterloo Generations,; Loyalty to the Crown,“ Berlin Daily Telegraph, 15 October 1914)



Canada Will Send Second Field Force (15 October 1914)

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)