Frederick Thomas Batterson, MM


Oct 27, 1888

Born at Wolverton Buckinghamshire England


Apr 8, 1910

Embarked the Empress of Ireland at Liverpool England in order to emigrate to Canada 



Apr 15, 1910

Disembarked at Saint John New Brunswick and proceeded to Peterborough Ontario.  He stated his occupation on entry to Canada as a Brass worker


Jun 1, 1911

Shown on the 1911 Census  

Ø      Address – Lodger at 104 Lansdowne Ave, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Employer listed as the CGE Co (Canadian General Electric Company) 

It is interesting to note that his future wife is also listed as a Lodger at the same address.  She gave her occupation as a Weaver at the Colonial Weaving Company


Mar 30, 1912

Married to Helen Smith at Peterborough Ontario 

Her first name is listed as Helen on the Marriage certificate, but is listed as Nellie on the 1911 Census and as Ellen on his attestation papers on enlistment into the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1914

Shown on pay sheet of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers)


Nov 3, 1914

Removed from roll of the 57th Regiment


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59044 (temporary number 499)

Ø      Next of kin given as Ellen Batterson (wife) of 526 Chamberlain St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brass Finisher

o       Later recorded as Machinist

Ø      Previous military experience given as 7 years with the Oxfordshire and Buckinghamshire Light Infantry (commonly called the Ox and Bucks)

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Dec 27, 1914

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Corporal with pay


May 1, 1915

Address for next of kin changed to read 153 Cambridge St, Coventry, Warwickshire, England


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of L/Cpl


Sep 9, 1915

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl SL Thomas who was promoted to rank of L/Sgt


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jan 24, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 3, 1916

Returned to duty from leave


Apr 23, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Sgt to replace L/Sgt A Northey who was promoted to Sgt


May 15, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt WR Piercy who was wounded


Dec 6, 1916

Attached to the Composite Battalion 

I could find no entry for his return to the battalion, either in his file or in the Battalion’s Part II Orders.


Apr 9, 1917

Received a machine gun bullet wound to his right leg during the battle for Vimy Ridge and admitted to the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) 

He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Barlin where surgery was performed to clean and drain the wound.


Apr 11, 1917

Transferred to the No 1 Australian Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 19, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth



Apr 20, 1917

Admitted to University College Hospital, London 

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


May 8, 1917

Surgery performed to clean and drain a serious infection that developed


Jul 9, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30172


This was awarded for acts of bravery during the battle for Vimy Ridge.

 Citation reads:

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  After his Officer had become a casualty and himself wounded he refused to leave his men until the objective had been gained and consolidated.  His disregard for danger was a splendid example to the men under his command.

AFW 3121.  15-4-17


Jul 20, 1917

Transferred to Countess of Dundonald Hospital, Order of St John, 87 Eaton St, London


Aug 29, 1917

Further surgery performed to drain a large abscess and 2 drainage tubes were inserted 


Sep 4, 1917

Transferred to University College Hospital


Nov 5, 1917

Medical reports show that bare bone is still exposed at the site of the wound and that it is not healing well


Nov 6, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Uxbridge 

Doctor’s notes on admission “Injury 9-4-17.  Fragments - Fibula united – partial union fragments tibia – Entry wound healed – Exit wound healed to large sinus over site of fracture of tibia – Apparently necrosed bone present at bottom of sinus.  No loss of sensation – Partial ankle drop.  Slight movement great toe.  Foot and ankle, otherwise useless”


Nov 29, 1917

Transferred to No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Kirkdale, Liverpool


Dec 29, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya at Liverpool



Jan 9, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 15, 1918

Admitted to Queen’s University Military Hospital, Kingston Ontario 

On admission it is noted that the wound is not healing well, and cannot put any weight on the right leg.  He uses crutches to get around


Apr 18, 1918

Posted to the Hospital Section, Queen’s University Hospital


Apr 26, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until May 10, 1918


Jun 8, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until June 18, 1918


Jun 29, 1918

Transferred to Leek Island Military Convalescent Hospital in the 1000 Islands of the St Lawrence River

Note that he is wearing the ribbon to his Military Medal

Sep 24, 1918

Transferred to Queen’s University Military Hospital, Kingston Ontario


Sep 25, 1918

Medical Board at Kingston notes 

Ø      Patient complains of pain when walking and cannot bear full weight on right leg

Ø      Must wear a special boot, and walks with a cane

Ø      There is a piece of about 2” long and about ¾” wide blown out of inside of lower end of tibia

Ø      Lateral view shows a hole in tibia about 1” long by ¼” wide

Ø      Board recommends that he be discharged from army with pensionable disability


Oct 2, 1918

Discharged from hospital to the MD #3 Casualty Company, Kingston


Oct 4, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston 

Ø      Rank on Discharge – Sgt

Ø      Discharged as “Medically Unfit for further war service”

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” and Class “B” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 33 Brown St, Peterborough Ontario


Feb 27, 1919

Address for WSG (War Service Gratuity) payments changed to 503 Albert St, Peterborough Ontario


Apr 15, 1921

On this date, and subsequent dates, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to 503 Albert St, Peterborough Ontario


Apr 23, 1963

Deceased at Peterborough Ontario


Some photos and information about the Leek Island Convalescent Home

The photos below are courtesy of Tim Compeau's Blog about the convalescent hospital.  Tim is also a consulting Curator to The Arthur Child Heritage Museum of the Thousand Islands and these photos are reproduced here with permission of the museum.

The photo immediately above shows some hat badges that were left behind by the patients as momentos to the staff.  Note the 21st Battalion badge, second from the right in the row second from the bottom

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