Sergeant Horace Henry Anderson,living in Toronto with his wife and one boy aged 8 decided to enlist into the 220th Battalion during the hectic recruiting drives of 1916 when multiple battalions were competing for recruits. An electrician by trade and having served with the Royal Engineers and 2nd. Devon Artillery in England for 15 years plus serving in the 12th Battalion York Rangers Canadian Militia, tall and fit he was given NCO rank upon his attestation on July 20, 1916 in Toronto. Whilst still serving with the 12th. York Rangers Battalion a local newspaper whose territory was actively being used for recruitment purposes by the 220th. Battalion published his untitled recruiting poem, viz.:
The day has sped and night has
Her dismal shroud o’er Britain’s
Old England’s greatest warrior
Brave Kitchener, is dead.
Let British maids and matrons
Children and old folks still may
In earned ease, but man must
Their tryst with Britain’s
One more we owe them, but that
Shall cost the thrice-accursed
All that he’s won by guile or gun,
Or Jack Canuck’s foreworn.
O Canada, as in the past,
Cold calculations form you cast;
To honor you’re committed fast,
You’ve nailed your colors to the
To quell the foe.
On Flanders’ fields your thous-
Call you to arms again, again,
And you must go.
“The Newmarket Era” Newmarket, Ontario Friday, June 16th, 1916, page 2
Sergeant Horace Henry Anderson (born: November 18, 1882/1883? in England – died: November 29, 1937 in York County, Ontario) did eventually serve in France with the 4th. Canadian Mounted Rifles but was sick only late in the war and hospitalized at the start of 1919 in England.