By 1914 Canada had a paper strength of 75,000 militiamen, but the regular army had barely 3,000 bodies, all ranks. The task of organizing and mobilizing a militia force fell to Colonel the Honourable Sam Hughes, the Minister of Militia and Defense.
Captain Fuller then had the unenviable task of rounding up the many drunks that were now swarming the town. He requisitioned an empty building to become a jail to lock up the drunk Canadians for 24 hours. A train labelled the "Drunkard's Special" left each morning for Salisbury Plain until all had been disposed of.
As training progressed, considerable weeding-out had to be done, since lack of discrimination at recruiting had resulted in an number men unfit or unsuitable for service. These were returned to Canada and the rest with zeal and enthusiasm that amazed regular soldiers carried out under extreme circumstances foot and arms drill. Everything was against them, confusion resulting from unorganized mass recruiting and subsequent embarkation; the sorting out in England; the training of raw recruits in appalling conditions with inadequate facilities. But incredibly, enthusiasm was maintained, moral high and all eager to get to France and into the fight before it was over.
By February 1915 the 1st Canadian Division was judged ready for active service. His Majesty George V inspected it on the 4th. The 4th Brigade and the 6th Fort Garry Horse were left as reserves and the rest left for France.
Reference : Amid the Guns Below, by Larry Worthington, McClelland and Stewart Limited, 1965.