The image comes from the archival collection of the Oshawa Museum. The photograph is of the first overseas draft of the 2nd Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment.
A Depot Battalion were created to train later recruits and draftees who would be shipped to Canadian Reserve Battalions in England. Each Depot Battalion provided reinforcements to Battalions currently overseas.
The 2nd Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment was authorized by General Order 2 of 2 January 1917 and by General Order 57 of 15 April 1918. The recruits were sent to reinforce the 54th, 116th, 125th and 164th Battalions through the 2nd Canadian Reserve Battalion.
Commanded by Lieutenant-Colonel A .J. McCausland