Poole, Bruce: Service no. 675904

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Digitized Service Record

Source: Via Facebook Group via Katherine Cross. Note that this soldier is not a confirmed member of the 18th Battalion until such documentation has been found to accurately determine the battalion he belong to when he perished. The CVWM and CWGC records indicate that this soldier served with the 2nd Battalion when he was killed. The Circumstances of Death Register indicates he served with the 18th Battalion.

The subsequent research shows this soldier was serving with the 18th Battalion when he was killed in action.

Summary of Service for Private Bruce Poole, reg. no. 675904

Note: This soldier joined a battalion that normally would have reinforced other members of the same Regimental area (Western Ontario Regiment). For some reason, Private Poole was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, which was primarily reinforced from battalion of the Central Ontario Regiment (i.e. Ottawa, Brockville, Cornwall Ontario). He served with the 2nd Battalion, was wounded, recovered, and returned. Then he was assigned to the 18th Battalion September 29, 1918.

It is rare for soldiers to be assigned to two different front-line battalions during their service. Typically a soldier is assigned to a front-line battalion and stays with that unit until wounded, invalided or killed. If they are wounded or invalided and can be reclaimed through treatment they will go back to their original unit.

It is not known why Private Poole was assigned to the 2nd Battalion and it is further not known why he was transferred to the 18th. With the close of the war being obtainable perhaps he wanted to serve with men from is region and be demobilized with this unit and returned to Canada.

Date Event Remarks
August 25, 1896 Born Born in Norwich, Ontario to Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey Poole.
April 15, 1916 Enlisted Enlisted with the 168th Battalion at Norwich, Ontario.
May 18, 1916 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid
May 28, 1916 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid
October 1, 1916 Vaccinated
October 30, 1916 Unit sails Battalion departs Halifax to England on board the S.S. Lapland.
November 1916 Assigns pay Assigns $20.00 per month to Mrs. Francis Poole.
November 11, 1916 Arrives Liverpool. Arrives England
November 13, 1916 Tonsillitis Admitted for treatment, Moore Barracks, Shornecliffe.
November 19, 1916 Tonsillitis Discharged to duty.
December 5, 1916 Taken on Strength Transferred to the 39th Battalion, West Sandling.
December 11, 1916 Accident Fractures clavicle in an accident and is transferred to the 5th London General Hospital, St. Thomas London, SE.
January 4, 1917 Taken on Strength Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion.
February 13, 1917 Admitted hospital Admitted Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom Park for a fractured clavicle.
March 7, 1917 Released from hospital
May 13, 1917 Submits Military Will Leaves his estate to this mother, Mrs. Francis Poole of Norwich, Ontario, Oxford County.
May 27, 1917 Drafted to the 2nd Battalion Arrives at the Canadian Base Depot, Le Harve.
June 11, 1917 Leaves for 2nd Battalion Leaves C.B.D. to join his battalion in the field.
June 13, 1917 Arrives 2nd Battalion Arrives in the field. The Battalion was based at Bois des Alleux, France and was in Brigade Support on June 12, 1917. The Battalion’s War Diary for the 13th simply states: “Abnormally quiet.”
September 16, 1917 Wounded Shrapnel wound, right leg and transferred to No. 23 Casualty Clearing Station. The Battalion had moved to the Fosse Sector.
September 18, 1917 Transferred Transferred to the 13th General Hospital, Boulogne, France.
September 21, 1917 Invalided (Wounded) Posted to Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot, Seaford, England.
September 22, 1917 Admitted County of Middlesex War Hospital at Nasbury, St. Albans
October 31, 1917 Admitted Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Epsom Park.
November 12, 1917 Taken on Strength 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford, England.
Augusts 2, 1918 Posted Taken on strength with the 2nd Battalion. The 2nd Battalion is located at Magincourt, France and had a Brigade Sports Day.
September 29, 1918 Taken off Strength Taken off strength with the 18th Battalion. At this time the 2nd Battalion is South-East of Epinoy, France and heavily engaged in open-warfare during The 100 Days Campaign.
October 11, 1918 Killed in Action. Circumstances of Death Card notes: “Killed in Action” Whilst taking part in the advance East of Iwuy he was hit and instantly killed by shrapnel from an enemy shell.

 

That day is described in some detail at the post Battling Tanks at Iwuy: The last German use of tanks in World War 1 which gives some context to the death of Private Poole.

 

He was 22 years old.

June 14, 1920 Grave Registration Private Poole is buried at the aptly named Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France. He rests with 15 members of the 18th Battalion, all who died in action on October 10 or 11, 1918. His epitaph reads “HE GIVETH HAVE BELOVED SLEEP”

 

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“Killed in Action” Whilst taking part in the advance East of Iwuy he was hit and instantly killed by shrapnel from an enemy shell. Note the unit he is designated to be part of during his death.

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Source via 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Contributed by Katherine Cross. Original source: http://greatwaralbum.ca/Great-War-Album/About-the-Great-War/Unrest-on-the-homefront/Bruce-Poole

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Private Poole’s cross is first row, extreme right. Source via 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Contributed by Katherine Cross. Original source: http://greatwaralbum.ca/Great-War-Album/About-the-Great-War/Unrest-on-the-homefront/Bruce-Poole

Source via 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Contributed by Katherine Cross.

Source via 18th Battalion Facebook Group. Contributed by Katherine Cross. Note the unit he is designated to be part of during his death. Original source: http://greatwaralbum.ca/Great-War-Album/About-the-Great-War/Unrest-on-the-homefront/Bruce-Poole

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Source: CVWM

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