The Seventeenth Highland Light Infantry

EDITORS PREFACE. I N compiling and editing this history of the Chamber of Commerce Battalion the aim of the editors has been to present such a narrative as will provide a detailed but not overburdened account of the Battalions movements and operations throughout the years of its existence and at the same time give a representative impression of the various outstanding events which have built up the character and the traditions of the unit. In accordance with the wishes of the History Committee the narrative dealing with Field service has been kept within the limits of the Battalions share in the campaign and accordingly no attempt has been made to give any picture of the relative positions of the various other units operating with the 17th, or of the general strategic import of the actions described. The chapters dealing with the beginnings and home training, and those general items in Part III. are founded mainly upon matter supplied b y officers of the unit and members of The Outpost staff. The Roll of original members in Part IV .has been gathered together b y Lieut and Quarter-Master Kelly. The material in the section dealing with the service of the Battalion overseas has been gathered from the following sources: —For data— the Official War Diaries of the 17th Battalion H .L.I. preserved in the “Records ”Office Hamilton supple­mentary notes supplied by Lieut.-Cols. Morton and Paul and Major Paterson .S.O.D M.C. Brigade and Battalion Oper­ation Orders Battalion Operation Reports. For impressions opinions and descriptions— numerous and exceedingly helpful literary vignettes from members of The Outpost staff and others and from interviews.
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