Rennie, Albert Ernest: Service no. 643944

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Detailed Biography by his nephew, Mark Rennie Forsythe.

Albert Ernest Rennie

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"The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first instituted by Order-in-Council 2374, dated December 1, 1919. It was awarded to mothers and widows (next of kin) of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty. The crosses were sent automatically to mothers and wives who qualified, and could be worn by the recipients anytime, even though they were not themselves veterans. The cross was engraved with the name, rank and service number of the son or husband." Veterans Affairs Canada

“The Memorial Cross (more often referred to as the Silver Cross) was first instituted by Order-in-Council 2374, dated December 1, 1919. It was awarded to mothers and widows (next of kin) of Canadian soldiers who died on active duty or whose death was consequently attributed to such duty.
The crosses were sent automatically to mothers and wives who qualified, and could be worn by the recipients anytime, even though they were not themselves veterans. The cross was engraved with the name, rank and service number of the son or husband.” Veterans Affairs Canada

Plaque inside Soldiers Memorial Hospital at Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

Plaque inside Soldiers Memorial Hospital at Orillia, Ontario, Canada.

Circumstance of Casualty

Circumstance of Casualty “Killed in Action”

Summary of Service for Private Albert Ernest Rennie, reg. no. 643944

Date Event Remarks
March 3, 1896 Born Born at Washago, Ontario to Mr. and Mrs. George  and Bella Rennie. He was one of six brothers.
February 9 1916 Enlisted Initially enlisted with the 157th Overseas Battalion and subsequently transferred to the 76th Battalion. Private Rennie had previous experience in the militia, having served with the 35th Regiment (Grey and Simcoe Foresters). He enlisted at the age of 19 years, 9 months and stood 5’9” tall. He enlisted in Orillia.
December 14, 1915 to April 1, 1916. Served with the 157th Battalion
January 1916 Tonsils Removed Per medical history summary taken at Moore Barracks Hospital upon is admission on June 7, 1916.
April 1, 1916 Transferred 76th Battalion. He was a member of “B” Company, according to his admitting slip to Moore Barracks Hospital.
April 17, 1916 Inoculated Vaccinations
[April] 11, 15, 27, 1916 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid
April 23, 1916 Embarked for England Sailed for England aboard the S.S. Empress Britain.
May 1, 1916 Assigns Pay Assigns $15.00 per month to his Mother, Mrs. Bella Rennie.
May 5, 1916 Arrives Liverpool
June 7, 1916 Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital Admitted for bronchitis. Admitting notes:

 

[Condition]: Severe cold, and inability to speak upon admission.

 

Prev. Illness: Never had any severe illness except tonsillitis. Tonsils removed in Jany. 1916.

 

Fam. Hist: Parents l + w. 5 brothers all well; no sisters.

June 22, 1916 Discharged from Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital.
July 5, 1916 Transferred to 18th Battalion
July 6, 1916 Arrives Canadian Base Depot Etaples, France
July 30, 1916 Proceeds to Join Unit
August 1, 1916 Arrives at 18th Battalion The Battalion is in the rear at Alberta Camp. Private Rennie arrives as part of a reinforcement draft of 20 men on that date. Of interest is that he would be issued a Ross Rifle and it was on August 30, 1916 that the Battalion was issued with the Lee-Enfield SMLE.
February 4, 1917 5th Canadian Field Ambulance Attended to at 5th C.F.A. for chilblains. The Battalion stationed at Auchel, France at rest billets.
February 9, 1917 Returned to Duty Private Rennie returns to the Battalion, still at Auchel and in the process of rest, refit, and training.
August 5, 1917 Killed in Action Private Rennie may have been on of the 350 men assigned to carry the equipment for the trench mortar batteries. The War Dairy records that 1 man was killed that night and 3 other ranks were wounded.
July 31, 1920 Headstone Erected Fosse No 10 Communal Cemetery at Sains-en-Gohelle, France. Plot II. D. 17.
April 2013 Fosse No 10 Communal Cemetery at Sains-en-Gohelle, France. Private Rennie’s nephew, Mark Forsythe and his wife Catherine, attend Private Rennie’s grave and place The Colours of Canada in remembrance to his sacrifice.

 

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