Family of Volunteers: An Illustrated History of the 48th Highlanders of Canada


176 pages
Contains Photos, Illustrations, Index
ISBN 1-896941-22-2
DDC 356'.113'0971






Reviewed by Danial Duda

Danial Duda is an information services librarian in the Queen Elizabeth
II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.


George Beal, who served with the 48th Highlanders of Canada from 1965 to
1972, is currently chairman of the distinguished regiment’s museum.
This popular history of the 48th provides an overview of the unit’s
history, from its creation in 1891 to the present day. While the focus
is on the military exploits of the 48th, beginning with the Boer War,
the book also tells the story of the regiment’s involvement with its
home community, Toronto. The esprit de corps of the 48th, and its
relationship with Toronto and the rest of Canada, is what makes Family
of Volunteers an interesting and enjoyable read.

Along with photographs and illustrations, there are two indexes, one
covering people, places, and general topics and the other dealing with
military formations. The book’s many photographs would be useful to
anyone who is researching the 48th Highlanders of Canada and Canadian
military history in general. Recommended for libraries with Canadian
military history collections.


Beal, George., “Family of Volunteers: An Illustrated History of the 48th Highlanders of Canada,” Canadian Book Review Annual Online, accessed April 24, 2024,