Calgarian had immense passion for soldier's life and for his wife, Lucile
Stanley Livingston Jones was standing with his wife, Lucile, in front of one of the local newspaper buildings in Calgary on Aug.5, 1914 when they discovered the news that German forces had attacked Belgium a da prior on Aug. 4. In response, Britain declared war on Germany to honour the 1839 Treaty of London — a document that stated Britain would protect Belgium in the event of war.
As soon as Lucile saw the news that Canada was joining the effort and troops were being urged to join the war-effort, she turned to her husband and saw an expression his face that made her "realize that nothing would stop him from enlisting."
Calgary historians reflect on the major global conflict also known as "The Great War"
Every semester in the First World War class Stephane Guervemont teaches at Mount Royal University, the historian gives his students the same piece of advice on how to truly get a sense of what life was like in the trenches.
"I tell my students to dig a hole and go in there with your clothes — no pyjamas — just your regular day clothes, and have your parents throw a grenade at you and shoot at you with a machine gun every once in a while as you stay in there for months. That's trench life. It's incredible. It's hell."
Largely Calgarian unit was an elite fighting force
It's clear that your regiment is quite special when comrades-in-arms give you nicknames such as "The Fighting Tenth" or "The Terrible Tenth."
The 10th Battalion, which was mobilized in Calgary on Sept. 22, 1914, was indeed a highly successful battalion through the course of the Great War, taking part in prominent engagements such as the second and third battles of Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendaele to name a few.
Predominantly Calgarian regiment participated in many major First World War encounters.
The 50th Infantry Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) — later known, starting in 1946, as the King's Own Calgary Regiment —originated when the 103rd Calgary Rifles were formed in 1910, four years prior to the outbreak of the First World War.
Questions were raised about why a militia such as the 103rd Rifles needed to be raised, considering there really wasn't any real threat of invasion of another country. However, the unit was created because of fears of an invasion — an invasion of a different kind.