THROWBACK THURSDAY

With Remembrance Day a week away, this week’s Throwback Thursday Pic is of soldiers departing Windsor for Europe. This picture was taken sometime between 1914 and 1918 during the First World War. These are soldiers from the 99th Essex County Battalion boarding a Canadian Pacific passenger train at the Windsor CPR station at the riverfront. The soldiers would must likely be heading to either Montreal Quebec or Saint John New Brunswick to board ships to take them to the battlefields in Europe. In this photograph we can see families and well wishers sending of their loved ones for maybe the last time. The building behind the train belongs to the Canadian Salt Company, which today is where the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation office is located. At the back of the image is the Sandwich Street West (Riverside Drive West) bridge over the tracks. If you are interested in other historic images of Windsor, please visit the library’s digital exhibits page “Windsor’s History and Pictures” at https://windsorpubliclibrary.contentdm.oclc.org/. If you would like to find out more about Windsor’s Municipal Archives you can contact the archives by email at archives@windsorpubliclibrary.com or by phone at 519-255-6770×4414.

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