No. 2 Construction Battalion
1916 - 1920
Nova Scotia

Military Secretary
Interdepartmental Committee
21 February 1917

Memo to The Naval Secretary
Interdepartmental Committee

H.Q. 600-10-35, f.d.25.

We want to send overseas a labour batallion, composed of Negroes, with whom white troops object to travel.

We should like to embark this batallion, by itself, in the NORTHLAND due to leave Halifax, N.S., on the 10th or 11th proximo.

Do you object to that vessel sailing without an escort? I suppose she would (be) looked after as she approached home waters. The shipping Company concerned is prepared to take the risk.

W. GWatkin
For Military Secretary
Interdepartmental Committee
— Original in Public Archives of Canada, Ottawa.

Note: "proximo" means "next month."
In this memo, "the 10th or 11th proximo" means "the 10th or 11th of March" 1917.

No. 2 Construction Battalion

Documents (letters)

to and by Sir Sam Hughes
Minister of Militia and Defence, Ottawa

Memorandum on the enlistment of Negroes...
by Sir Willoughby Garnons Gwatkin
Chief of the General Staff, Ottawa
13 April 1916

Interdepartmental Committee
Military Secretary: Memo to The Naval Secretary
21 February 1917

Interdepartmental Committee
Naval Secretary: Memo to The Military Secretary
23 February 1917

Submission to The Historic Sites and Monuments Board
Dr. Calvin Ruck, Chair
Black Battalion Committee
18 October 1991

Black Battalion to be Commemorated
Environment Canada News Release
Pictou, 11 December 1992

Canada's First and Only Black Battalion to be Honoured
For Service to King & Country (1916-1920)

The No. 2 Construction Battalion
Pictou, 10 July 1993

Names In Ascending Order, by Regimental Number
The No. 2 Construction Battalion
CEF – Canadian Expeditionary Force

Guide to Contents
No. 2 Construction Battalion

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