Between August 21, 1914 when the call for volunteers was proclaimed and September 2 when the first recruits marched from the CLB Armoury, through the city streets and into the Training Camp at Pleasantville, the Newfoundland Patriotic Association (NPA), itself just formed on August 12, scrambled to outfit the men and prepare the training site to meet the accommodation and training needs of the new recruits.

Keeping in mind that there was no military presence, no government department responsible, and no familiarity with these matters in Newfoundland when war was declared, we begin to see the urgency in which these citizens – volunteers all – worked to meet the needs to raise a regiment.  “From a military standpoint no country could be in a state of greater unpreparedness.” That is how author Richard Cramm described the situation in Newfoundland in his 1921 history of the regiment.

In addition to the Recruiting Committee, the NPA created committees for housing, meal provisions, medical, equipment, and uniforms, and the staff to administer everything needed to provide a compressed basic military training programme before they left for England, where they would complete their army training and be sent into action.