The majority of the men who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) from Albert County joined the 26th Battalion, The New Brunswick Battalion.
The famed "Fighting 26th" participated in all of the major battles in which the Canadian Corps was involved: Mount Sorrel; Somme 1916, 1918; Flers-de Courcelette; Thiepval; Ancre Heights; Arras 1917, 1918; Vimy 1917; Arleux; Scarpe 1917, 1918; Hill 70; Ypres 1917; Passchendaele; Amiens; Hindenburg Line; Canal du Nord; Cambrai 1918; Pursuit to Mons. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920. The 26th is continued today by the Royal New Brunswick Regiment.
You can follow the battalion from its birth in Saint John to the final disbanding in 1920 by reading its Secret War Diaries. They begin in November 1914 and end in May 1919 and give a fascinating glimpse into the life of the battalion at war.
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The Victory Cannon Campaign is raising funds to restore the two captured World War One cannons situated in the square in Hopewell Cape. These cannons were captured by Canadians during the Great War, and were awarded to the people of Albert County. You can donate online to the Victory Cannon Campaign here, and best of all you'll be sent a tax receipt! Click Here to Donate!