I came across two excellent resources while researching the story behind a soldier from Victoria, BC and I thought I’d share them with you.
My soldier was a member of the 67th Battalion (Western Scots) and sailed aboard the RMS Olympic in early April 1916. I found this excellent article by David R Gray published in PDF form by Canadian Military Heritage magazine in 2002. Entitled “Carrying Canadian Troops: The Story of RMS Olympic as a First World War Troopship” it provides some wonderful detail on the Olympic’s role during the First World War.
The photo above shows the RMS Olympic in early 1917 after it was painted in the Dazzle pattern. Earlier this year I tumbled a nice photo of the RMS Aquitania docked in Halifax and sporting its Dazzle camouflage.
Another excellent troopship reference: if you know the unit a Canadian soldier belonged to you can find out valuable information on their trans-Atlantic voyage by using the CEF Study Group Troopships page. Separate lists are provided for Infantry Battalions, Medical Units, Artillery Units, Mounted Units, Engineering and related Units, Canadian Army Service Corps, Other Units and there is a page for Repatriations too.