Van Buren Whetsel
21st Battalion CEF

 

 

 

 

Dec 27, 1898

Born at Montreal Quebec

 

Aug 27, 1917

Attested into the PPCLI Depot at Toronto Ontario 

      Number 2595852

      Current address given as 1219 Pleasant St., Des Moines Iowa, USA

      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Whetsel (mother) of 215 Coolspring St., Uniontown Pennsylvania, USA

      Previous occupation given as Moulder

      No previous military experience given

      Religion given as Church of England

 

Sep 16, 1917

Will made out at the PPCLI Camp Borden Depot in Ontario, leaving entire estate to Mrs Elizabeth Whetsel

 

Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia

  

 

Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England

 

Dec 8, 1917

TOS the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Feb 15, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford

 

Mar 8, 1918

Admitted to King George Hospital with Tonsillitis.  Diagnosis later changed to Influenza

 

Mar 20, 1918

Discharged to duty

 

May 10, 1918

Posted to PPCLI and proceeded to France

 

May 11, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS (Taken On Strength) PPCLI

 

May 23, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) then left to join the PPCLI in the Field

 

Jun 5, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) to the 21st Battalion

 

Jun 6, 1918

TOS 21st Battalion

 

Jun 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 

 

Oct 11, 1918

Wounded by shrapnel to both legs and admitted to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

 

Oct 12, 1918

Lower portion of right leg amputated

 

Oct 16, 1918

Transferred to No 11 Stationary Hospital at Rouen 

While here he suffered a nervous breakdown

 

Nov 8, 1918

Transferred to University War Hospital at Southampton

 

Nov 21, 1918

Additional surgery to clear bone fragments

 

Feb 21, 1919

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton

 

Feb 22, 1919

Additional surgery to remove additional section of leg to repair stump and remove dead bone

 

Mar 26, 1919

Additional surgery to remove dead bone pieces

 

May 12, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian Hospital at Kirkdale

 

May 15, 1919

Peg leg received and reported to be comfortable

 

May 20, 1919

Additional surgery performed to remove more of right leg.

 

Jun 30, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya and posted to the Hospital Section of the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital, Toronto Ontario Canada

  

 

Jul 11, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine

 

Jul 12, 1919

Admitted to DOH (Dominion Orthopedic Hospital) at Toronto Ontario

 

Jul 13, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until July 27, 1919

 

Oct 23, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until November 6, 1919

 

Nov 8, 1919

Artificial leg received 

Several reports follow that report adjusting and fitting of new artificial leg, but a second leg had to be ordered

 

Dec 20, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 3, 1920

 

Jan 4, 1920

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)

 

Jan 13, 1920

Returned from being AWL and was “admonished” and forfeited 9 day’s pay

 

Mar 13, 1920

New artificial leg received and fit is much better and reported to be comfortable

 

Mar 17, 1920

Medical Board at DOH (Dominion Orthopedic Hospital) at Toronto notes: 

      Suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs

      Right leg amputated at thigh

      Weakness in left leg

      Uses an artificial leg and claims it is fairly comfortable

      Will require surgery in future

      Recommend discharge as Medically Unfit

 

Mar 23, 1920

Transferred to the Casualty Company of the DOH

 

Mar 26, 1920

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario as Medically Unfit 

      War Service Badge Class “A” number 224587 issued

      Proposed residence on discharge – 2000 Tenth St., Des Moines Iowa, USA

      Entitled to 153 days War Service Gratuity

 

 

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 223 Smith St., Winnipeg Manitoba.  The date is not shown in the file

 

Jul 31, 1968

Deceased at Uledi Pennsylvania, USA 

 

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