Page includes 4 photographs depicting a march past inspection by the Govenor General; 5th Royal Highlanders inspection by the Govenor General at Champ de Mars; 'One of the pathetic farewell scenes when the 85th left last night'; and Major-General Sir Sam Hughes in his office.
Page includes 5 photographs depicting a 'General view of Valcartier Camp'; 'Lt. Col. W. McBain and Col. Sam Hughes'; a 'Tent being erected'; 'The transport of the 5th Royal Highlanders'; and soldiers taking a canteen break.
Page contains 4 photographs. A composite image depicts a 'Parade at Champ de Mars' above and officers of Highland Regiments below. The individual photographs are captioned: Col. Sam Hughes watching Sergeant Hawkins demonstrating the MacAdams Shovel (infantry equipment) and 'The field forge attached to the Strathcona Horse: shoeing in full swing'.
Page includes 5 photographs depicting a march past by artillery; 'Section gun-drill, B Battery R.C.H.A.'; Sergeant Hawkins, possibly during MacAdam Shovel demonstration; 'Col. Sam Hughes and staff crossing Pontoon bridge'; and the Govenor General taking salute as Highlanders march past.
Page includes 4 photographs. A composite photograph depicts several officers. The other photographs show a water station; signal training of the Highland regiment; and the 'Royal Canadian Artillery coming into camp'.
Page includes 4 photographs, depicting 'Some of the Princess Pats in front of guard tent'; 'Princess Patricia's - outpost duty at Levis'; a 'View of Princess Patricia's camp at Levis'; and 'Firing from the trenches'.
Page includes 4 photographs depicting 'Vaccination: Lieutenant Cutting inoculates Private White against typhoid'; the 'No. 1 Hospital Corps at practice work in the field'; and other activities related to the medical care of the soldiers.
Page includes 5 photographs depicting colt machine gun practice; Col. Sam Hughes and officers examining the MacAdam Shovel used as target; the General Governor taking salute; wagons passing; and 'Troops marching across bridge on the St. Charles River, built by the Canadian Engineers'.
Page includes 4 photographs. One of the images is a composite photograph depicting a 'Panoramic view of rifle ranges at Valcartier. Foreground: Private Hawkings, last year's King's prize winner'. The other images depict 'Col. Hughes and Lt. Col. Loomis examining bullet marks on MacAdam Shield' as well as artillery firing and the range finder in use.
Page includes a composite photographs consisting of 9 images depicting various camp and training activities at Valcartier Camp. The captions include: 'Heliograph operators in the field; Cdn. Engineers building a derrick and bridge; Princess Patricias on outpost duty at Levis; Firing from the trenches; Cdn. Field Artillery taking a hill; No. 1 Hosptial Corps at practical work in the field; Recruit taking care of a vital part of a soldier's anatomy; Strathcona's Horse leaving field for maneuvers; Some of Princess Pats in front of guard tent'.
Page includes 4 photograph depicting 'Both will bring luck to the Regiment. Gordon Ferris of Winnipeg and the Westener's mascot'; the 'Artillery, prior to loading aboard ship at Quebec'; troops boarding transport; and the 'Army Service Corps waiting to embark at Quebec'.
Page includes 4 photographs depicting the 'Artillery leaving Valcartier on long march to Quebec' as well as 'Part of 1st Hospital on the march to Quebec', artillery hoisted by crane and troops waiting for train.
Page consists of a composite photograph which includes 11 images, depciting various scenes at the wharf while troops are embarking to England. Captions include: 'Artillery on the wharf waiting to be loaded; The 'Wooly Westeners' just before embarking; Artillery men entrusting letters to their loved ones; Gordon Ferris of Winnipeg and the bear mascot; Col. W. McBain; Two of the 5th Royal Highlanders at the porthole; Lt. Col. Low in a sailor's role, clinging aboard a transport; Artillery awaiting embarkation; Col. David Watson bidding Col. Hughes good-bye; Montreal soldiers marching aboard their boat'.
Page includes 5 photographs depiciting Col. E.R. Carrington and Col. W. McBain inspecting a small boat; 'Col. Sam Hughes about to throw a bundle of personal letters aboard one of the transports with Col. W. McBain'; troop ships; Col. Hughes and Col. E.R. Carrington inspecting an old cannon; and Col. W. McBain at boardwalk at Gaspe.
Page includes 4 photographs depicting Col. E.R. Carrington and Col. V.A.S Williams on one of the troopships; Lt. Col. W. McBain and Col. Carrrington on board Col. Hughe's boat; an unidentified Lt. Col.; and Col. Sam Hughes and Col. E.R. Carrington with a lady (possibly Mrs. Carrington).
Page includes 10 photographs. One image is a composite picture consisting of 8 photographs, depicting troops and officers aboard ship; and 2 individual images show troops and train crew; and a R.N. cruiser (flying flag of Rear Admiral).
Page includes 5 photographs depicting a 'Farewell scene (85th Battalion'; the Governor General and officers; 'Nursing Sisters, possibly at the Immigration Hospital at Quebec where they were quartered'; Col. W. McBain, and Ladies observing a parade including Princess Patricia.
Item is a photograph album containing images of the Canadian Expeditionary Force at Valcartier Camp, at Quebec, and at Gaspe Harbour by J.A. Millar, immediately prior to sailing to Britain in 1914. Also included are a few loose photos by unknown photographers.
Mr. J.A. Millar was a staff photographer of the Montreal Daily Star (MDS) and produced the album in 1915. Thanks to Lt. Col. W. McBain, Millar was the photographer accompanying Hughes to Gaspe Harbour.
Many of the pictures have been identified by means of the Montreal Daily Star published during August, September, and October, 1914. Where possible the original picture captions have been used with an occasional added note. Those not identified in newspapers or elsewhere have some notations by W.S. Thackray and, while not absolutely guaranteed, offer a clue to the identity of the scene. A few photos were identified in L.G. Barnard, The War Pictorial, Dodd-Simpson Press Limited, Montreal, 1915. Photographs published in newspapers or by L.G. Barnard in The War Pictorial are indicated with quotation marks.