Photograph taken by W.G. MacLaughlan, Halifax NS, using a panoramic camera (a common camera in 1916). The battalion stood in a semicircle while the camera panned the group with film rolling at the same pace. The camera also used a rotating lens. The photograph took about ten seconds to shoot.
The battalion in the image is the 219th Overseas Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders, CEF. Recruiting took place in Kings and Hants Counties and Halifax in 1916. Later that year the battalion sailed to England on RMS Olympic (sister ship of RMS Titanic). After serving for a period in England the men from the battalion were reassigned to the 17th Reserve Battalion and the 85th Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders. The 219th (Highland) Battalion, CEF, was commanded by Lt Col W. H. Muirhead