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Remembering WWI

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The Military Service Act introduced in 1917 required men between the ages of 20 and 45 to enlist if called up. One such conscript was Ernest Elmer Auckland. Born in Ontario in 1888, he had come west in 1913. When his number came up in fall 1917, Auckland was single, working as a clerk in Plato. In January 1918 he reported to 1st Depot Battalion Saskatchewan in Regina.

WDM Collection, WDM-1976-NB-145

Little is known of Auckland's military service. The shoulder patch suggests he served in the 2nd Battalion, Machine Gun Corps in the 2nd Canadian Division. Whether he saw active duty on the battlefield is uncertain as few, if any, Canadian conscripts did.

We do know that Auckland survived and returned to farm near Speers.

This artifact is part of an exhibit marking the outbreak of the First World War. Four showcase exhibits have been created – initially, one will be shown at each of our four Museums. We hope visitors will pause and read the interesting Saskatchewan-based stories they have to tell. Later in 2014, the four showcases will be combined into one exhibit that will travel throughout the WDM system over the next few years.

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