Albert Roy Fenwick, DCM

 

 

Aug 7, 1897

Born at Enterprise Ontario

 

Nov 23, 1916

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Napanee Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093048

Ø      Next of kin given as George H Fenwick (father) of Enterprise Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later note shows qualifications as “Bridge Builder and Carpenter”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

 

Jan 25, 1917

Promoted to Acting Sgt

 

Feb 8, 1917

Granted leave with subsistence until February 28th, 1917

 

Feb 17, 1917

Admitted to Hospital in Belleville Ontario, with Tonsillitis

 

Feb 22, 1917

Discharged from hospital

 

May 8, 1917

Last Will and Testament made out leaving everything to his father, George H Fenwick

 

May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax

  

 

Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford

 

Jun 10, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Sep 2, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion

 

Sep 16, 1917

Arrived at No 2 Entrenching Battalion

 

Nov 6, 1917

Left to join unit

 

Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

 

Aug 26, 1918

First reported wounded, then reported killed in action

 

Nov 15, 1918

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette #31011

  

(note that the other soldier mentioned is Pte A McPhee, who also received the DCM for this action)

 

Below is an excerpt from the 21st Battalion War Diary for August, 1918

 

Jun 29, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to Mother, Mrs Geo H Fenwick, at RR #2 Enterprise Ontario

 

Aug 10, 1920

War Service Gratuity application by his father was denied because “no SA was paid”, meaning that in order to collect, the applicant had to be dependant on the soldier and that is proven by Separation Allowance being sent to him.  No such payments were made or requested, although there was a Pay Assignment of $20 per month sent.

 

There is also a note that the Estates Branch collected a $20 overpayment from the family for the month of September, 1918 (the month following his death)

 

Dec 17, 1920

Death Scroll sent to father, George H Fenwick, RR #2 Enterprise Ontario

 

Feb 28, 1922

Death Plaque sent to father, George H Fenwick, RR #2 Enterprise Ontario

 

Oct 13, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to father, George H Fenwick, RR #2 Enterprise Ontario

 

 

2010

For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Albert Fenwick being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

 

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