"The Black Battalion" No. 2 Canada Overseas Construction Company

"The Black Battalion" No. 2 Canada Overseas Construction Company

"On July 5, 1916, the No. 2 Construction Battalion was formed in Pictou, Nova Scotia—the first large Black military unit in Canadian history. Recruitment took place across the country and more than 600 men were eventually accepted, most from Nova Scotia, with others coming from New Brunswick, Ontario, the West and even some from the United States. The Black Battalion’s chaplain was Reverend William White, who had also played a leading role getting the unit formed. He was given the rank of Honourary Captain—one of the few Black commissioned officers to serve in the Canadian Army during the war." (Veteran Affairs Canada) The community acts as a conduit to other links about the men who are listed on the nominal roll. A digital copy of the roll is available at http://novascotia.ca/archives/2construction/default.asp

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  • Profile picture for Belfield Elliott Hall

    Born 1897

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931342

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931342 Private Canadian Railway Troops No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Born 1882

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931190

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931190 Private Canadian Railway Troops

  • Born 1895

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931045

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931045 Private Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps

  • Born 1897

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931356

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931356 Private Canadian Railway Troops

  • Born 1897

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931307

  • Profile picture for Joseph Alexander Parris

    Born 1897

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931017

  • Born 1895

    Died 1919

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3185312

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 3185312 Private Canadian Infantry

  • Born 1876

    Died 1918

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931378

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931378 Private Canadian Railway Troops

  • Born 1878

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931268

  • Born 1891

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931322

  • Profile picture for Rev William Andrew White

    Born 1874

    Died 1936

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Hon Cpt Canadian Chaplain Services # 2 Construction company

  • Born 1894

    Died 1969

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931227

  • Profile picture for Harrison Webster

    Born 1887

    Died 1930

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931597

  • Born 1887

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Honorary Captain and Paymaster No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Leonard Walter Butcher

    Born 1894

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931065 Private No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Edwin Lionel Hay

    Born 1891

    Died 1917

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931020 Private Canadian Railway Troops

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931020 Private No. 2 Construction Battalion

  • Born 1897

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931109 No 2 Construction Company

  • Profile picture for Wilfred Adolphus De Costa

    Born 1885

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931353 Private No.2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Alexander Bramah

    Born 1888

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931037 Acting Lance Corporal No.2 Construction Battalion

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931037 Lance Corporal No. 2 Construction Battalion

  • Profile picture for Columbus Bowen

    Born 1895

    Canadian Expeditionary Force 931559