Panoramic view of the 219th Overseas Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders. Photograph taken by W.G. MacLaughlan, 1916: WHS CC.587

219th Battalion

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

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      • Randalladmin says:

        This photo in its frame was part of our War Comes to Wolfville Exhibit in the summer of 2014. Unfortunately this photograph is still in its frame and is difficult to get a good digital shot of it as it is. We are planning this season (when Randall House is open again) to remove the photo from the frame and get it scanned which is a bit of a process because of its size. When we are able to do that we would be pleased to get you a copy. You might be interested in the following information. The 219th Overseas Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders, CEF was based in Halifax and began recruiting in early 1916 throughout the province. 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 re-assigned 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. You might also be interested in the material on the battalion which is available on NovaMuse our database for Community Museums in the province. There may be some photos of smaller groups there. http://www.novamuse.ca/index.php/Search/objects/search/219th+battalion

  1. John Charles Tupper says:

    I would be very interested in obtaining a copy of the picture as well I live in Williams Lake B.C. Phone number250-392-5953 at work 250-398-9513 at home after 6:00 pm.

    • Randalladmin says:

      This is going to have to be a priority when we open again at the end of May. There are a number of people who would like copies! We will be in touch when we have it done. It is a difficult photo to scan as you can imagine because of its length but we will definitely do it this coming summer.

  2. Krista says:

    Is there a list of names for the soldiers? My great grandfather went to the front with the 219th and I wonder if he is in that photo. I would love a copy as well!!

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