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  1. Mapleleafhistorian says

    These are Canadian Soldiers as is proved at 1: 33 of the film by the letters on the sign at where some soldiers are lining up for the Pay at a tent. The sign says "PPCLI Paymaster". The initials PPCLI stand for the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
    Websites for information are:'s_Canadian_Light_Infantry
    The men still in civilian dress would back in Ottawa, quite possibly between Aug 10-19 1914 because you see older men who patriotically answered the call to arms, before the volunteers were whittled down to 1,089 men. The Barracks shots are probably in Ottawa, but the camp shots are either at Valcartier, Quebec, the initial training camp or on the Salsibury Plain in England where all the new Canadians suffered through a horrible winter of 1914-15. This looks like 1914, due to their enthusiastic nature and no helmets.

  2. Mapleleafhistorian says

    If this footage is of the PPCLI then that is not Valcartier, Quebec as the they first trained slightly at Levi, Quebec, then shipped to England in Sep 1914. They were the first Canadians to arrive and the only Canadian Infantry Unit in France in 1914. They served with the 80th Brigade of the British Army until Dec 22, 1915 when they finally joined the emerging Canadian Army.

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