West, Bert: Service no. 53521

Digitized Service Record

Source: Via 18th Battalion Facebook Group post by family member. This soldier is also related to to John Douglass, reg. no. 53448 by marriage. John was Bert West’s father-in-law.

Photos West, Bert: Service no. 53521

Source: Via 18th Battalion Facebook Group post by family member. This soldier is also related to to John Douglass, reg. no. 53448 by marriage. John was Bert West’s father-in-law.

Summary of Service for Private Bert West, reg. no. 53871

Date Event Remarks
January 28, 1894 Born Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada
October 28, 1914 Enlists Enlists with the 18th Battalion in Woodstock, Ontario. He lists his father, John West, as his next-of-kin residing at 46 Winnet Street, Woodstock. He is a 20-year old cabinet maker standing 5’ 8.5” tall and is of the Roman Catholic faith. He indicates he has militia experience but does not list the unit. He is assigned to “B” Company.
November 10, 1914 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid
November 20, 1914 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid
December 17, 1914 Vaccinated  
April 18, 1914 Embarks for England Leaves Halifax aboard the S.S. Grampian.
April 29, 1915 Arrives England Disembarks Avonmouth and arrives West Sandling, Kent.
May 1, 1915 Assigns Pay Assigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Johannah West.
September 15, 1915 Embarks for France Embarks for France as the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade and the rest of the 2nd Division set off for the Continent and to active service at the front.
May 23, 1916 Sentenced to Field Punishment Sentences to two-days field punishment No. 1 for being “Absent from Fatigue.”
June 1, 1916 Sent to 5th Canadian Field Ambulance Suffering from “P.U.O.”, pyrexia of unknow origin. Typically flu like symptoms.
June 2, 1916 Transferred to 4th Canadian Field Ambulance Transfer probably due to capacity issues at 5th C.F.A.
June 5, 1916 Discharged from 4th Canadian Field Ambulance After rest is returned to unit.
November 11, 1916 Attached duty to 2nd Canadian Division Engineers Headquarters Attached to 2nd Division H.Q. for duty. No details as to reason. Probably for labour pool of this unit.
December 31, 1916 Returned to 18th Battalion After detached service returns to 18th Battalion.
January 16, 1917 Leave Granted 10-days leave.
December 10, 1917 Leave Granted 14-days leave to the United Kingdom. Note that is was rare for a private soldier (other ranks) to be granted two leaves within a year. Some men got no leave and most that did only got one instance during the entire war.
December 27, 1917 Returns from Leave  
April 24, 1918 Inoculated Notes indicate “THB 1”.
April 4, 1919 Embarks for England Embarks for England.
April 7, 1919 Dental Exam Dental exam at Military District No. 1 in England before embarking to Canada. Notes indicate 30 fillings.
April 8, 1919 Medical Exam Medical exam before being discharged.
May 24, 1919 Discharged Discharged at Military District No. 1, London, Ontario. Eligible for “Class A Badge”. His proposed residence is 284 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

 

 

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