Flashback Friday: 100 Years, 100s of Cyclists

The 2nd Division of the Canadian Bicycle Corps training in Toronto.

Flashback Friday: 100 years, 100s of Cyclists

By Alex Chronopoulos

With the centenary of Britain’s declaration of war just the other day, another photo of our trusty Bicycle Corps seems fitting.

This photo, c. 1915, shows the 2nd Divisional Cyclists training at an unnamed location in Toronto. The Division was comprised of platoons drawn from Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, Kingston, Winnipeg and Vancouver and assembled in Toronto under the command of Colonel Denison, who afterwards transferred to the 19th Battalion and, unfortunately, was killed at Vimy Ridge.

Through the war, the Bicycle Corps’ main mission was reconnaissance. They were armed with Lewis guns and trained in combat; with their bikes, they were mobile and unassuming. The Corps suffered 256 casualties by 1918.

Read more about the Bicycle Corps here.

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