This was my grandfather. I have acquired his service records and his discharge papers stating that he did serve in France and Belgium.
He signed up on April 23, 1915 in Chatham, New Brunswick. He left on the S.S. Caledonia from Halifax in June, 1915 and arrived in England on June 24, 1915. They were trained for 2 and 1/2 months and then shipped from Folkestone, England on September 15, to arrive in Boulogne, France on September 19, 1915. He fought on the western front in France and Belgium. He was a Private, a Sapper with the 26th Battalion, 5th Brigade, and 2nd Division Canadian Expeditionary Force C.E.F.
He fought with the 26th Battalion for about 8 months before becoming severely ill with jaundice. He was hospitalized in Wimereux, France and was shipped back to England on May 29, 1916. He was transferred and hospitalized in Chatham, England at a military hospital for over 2 months. Then he went back to the C.C.D. (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for personal training (PT) and was fit for duty TOS (Taken on Strength) by the beginning of December 1916. He was transferred to the 5th Canadian Railway Troops (CRT), 2nd Brigade, and 1st Division. He proceeded overseas once again on the February 22, 1917 and arriving in France on the February 2, 1917. He was awarded a Good Conduct Badge for something that he did on June 1, 1917. I don’t know what he did that day to earn that badge (no reference to it in his service records).
Then he went back to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) in England on January 30, 1919. He caught influenza and on February 14, 1919 he was admitted to the General Hospital in Kirkdale, England. He also contracted quinsy (a severe throat abscess but no incision was required) and was released March 20, 1919.
His was registered with the 26th Battalion which was demobilized on January 21, 1919. He served 33 months in World War 1 with the C.E.F. (minus his sick time, time to recover and pay forfeitures). He left England on April 1, 1919 and returned to Canada on April 10, 1919. His discharge date is April 10, 1919.
- Irene Richard