Wilfred Harold Anderson



Mar 21, 1896

Born in Pembroke, Ontario to James and Florence (nee Grey) Anderson


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59015 (temporary number 385)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Florence Anderson, mother, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk with the Dominion Express Company, Pembroke

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area throughout the winter of 1914-15 with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 5, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bailleul with a diagnosis that reads Myocarditis


Dec 6, 1915

Transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital via the No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and the diagnosis is changed to read DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart)


Dec 14, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Dec 18, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Dec 20, 1915

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Feb 15, 1916

Posted to the newly formed CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Apr 22, 1916

Declared fit by a Medical Board and discharged from hospital and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion in the West Sandling Camp


Jun 15, 1916

Medical Board declares that the heart problems are purely nervous in origin


Aug 11, 1916

A Medical Board declares him to fit for Base Duty only and he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the CCAC but attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion for Pay, Billeting and Discipline


Jan 4, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 10, 1917

TOS the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 23, 1917

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Apr 16, 1917

Admitted to the Brigade Hospital in Buxton with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Apr 18, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 4, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Grampian in Liverpool


May 14, 1917

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario

On arrival in Kingston he was admitted to the Military Hospital


May 21, 1917

Granted 10 days sick leave with subsistence


Jul 21, 1917

Transferred to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home


Aug 1, 1917

Transferred to the Fettercairn Convalescent Camp near Chaffey’s Locks, north of Kingston


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred back to Elmhurst Convalescent Home


Dec 22, 1917

Discharged as an inpatient, but retained as an out-patient


Jan 3, 1918

Re-admitted to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home as an in-patient


Jan 31, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent home and discharged from the CEF

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 21, Pembroke, Ontario


Dec 1, 1919

Married to Anna Weinholdt in Pembroke, Ontario


Dec 8, 1974

Wilfred Anderson passed away in Pembroke, Ontario and is buried in the Zion Evangelical United Church Cemetery, Pembroke


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