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July 7, 2016
112th-battalion

World War I Project – July

In Europe, the War continued with no victories after two years of heavy fighting. The Battle of the Somme was taking hundreds of thousands of casualties. In Windsor, our men in the 112 th Battalion were preparing to join the battle. The 112 th Battalion was formed in November 1915 with headquarters in Windsor, Nova Scotia. Men were recruited from all over Hants County, from the Annapolis Valley, and from the South Shore. Over 1500 men volunteered for service but only 1200 were accepted. The commanding officer was Lt Col. Hedley Tremaine of Windsor.
June 10, 2016
Hebert River map image

History of the Name of the Herbert River

Because the surname "Hebert" looks so much like "Herbert", it is frequently misspelled, and when I first saw reference to the Herbert River in Hants County, Nova Scotia, what came to mind was the Bear River at Digby, Nova Scotia. It appears as "Hebert R" (probably for early explorer Louis Hebert) on Lescarbot's 1609 map. By 1720, "Hebert R" had become "Beare R".
June 2, 2016
hantsport-railway-station

World War I Project – June

The West Hants Historical Society salutes our soldiers from Hants County that died in June 1916. June 1916 - Battle of Mount Sorrel : Canadian soldiers were defending Mount Sorrel, a 30-metre hill with a commanding position overlooking the city of Ypres in Belgium. On June 2 nd 1916, German troops attacked and overwhelmed the Canadians. They captured Mount Sorrel along with nearby peaks Hill 61 and Hill 62. The Canadians tried to retake the Hills on June 3 rd but the Germans repelled the attack.