37th haldimand

Despite the opposition of his advice to the recruitment of members of the reserve, the community of Iroquois Six Nations of the Grand River south of Brantford, Ontario, provides more soldiers than any other Canadian Indian band . About 300 of them went to the front. In addition, members of the reserve, the most populous city in Canada, gave hundreds of dollars to help war orphans in Britain and to provide other types of assistance to victims of war.

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Number of volunteers the Six Nations were originally members of the 37th Haldimand Rifles, a regiment of the non-permanent active militia established in the reserve. This regiment provides most of the members of the 114th Canadian Infantry Battalion, for which we had recruited in the region. Fifty Mohawks of Kahnawake in Quebec, as well as several Mohawks of Akwesasne, joined the Grand River recruits in this unit. Aboriginal Western Ontario and Manitoba also became members.

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Finally, two companies of the battalion were composed entirely of Indians, including officers. In recognition of its strong Aboriginal composition, the battalion adopted a crest featuring two crossed tomahawks below the motto For King and Country (For King and country). In addition, members of the Women's Patriotic League embroidered this Six Nations Iroquois symbols to give a distinctive flag battalion.

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Shortly after his arrival in Britain in 1916, the 114th was dispersed to serve as reinforcement. Many of its members found themselves in the 107th Battalion, a unit composed of Winnipeg among other hundreds of Plains Indians, who first became a pioneer battalion and was then part of a brigade of genius with more than 500 Aboriginal people.
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