180th (Sportsmen’s) Battalion, CEF

From April of 1916, a  panoramic view of the many men of the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s 180th (Sportsmen’s) Battalion, proudly paraded at Toronto’s east-end Riverdale Park. Click on the image to zoom in. Reg Noble is in there somewhere, presumably, along with the legendary Mohawk marathoner Tom Longboat and the man-who-would-be-Tim-Daly, long-serving Maple Leafs trainer. Let me know if you find them. Look beyond the soldiers, too, over to the right: those are hockey rinks coming down for the season, aren’t they?

(Image: City of Toronto Archives, Fonds 253, Series 2163, File 47)