William Frederick Bedell, MM



Feb 18, 1895

Born at Rawdon Ontario


Jan 20, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Stirling Ontario 

Ø      Number 636459

Ø      Next of kin given as Ida Idella Bedell (mother) of RR #1 Harold Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets as part of the Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay.  While there, they carried out training exercises


Apr 12, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl L Parker, 59773 who had been invalided to England after the attack at Vimy Ridge


Aug 22, 1917

Proceeded on the Bomber’s course, the location is not recorded in the file


Sep 11, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Nov 2, 1917       Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette # 30364


This was for his actions during the fighting on the Somme, September 14-18


Nov 12, 1917

Received bullet wounds to both thighs and admitted to the Field Ambulance, then transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station.


Nov 16, 1917

Transferred to the No 8 General Hospital at Rouen


Nov 18, 1917

Reported to be dangerously ill


Nov 24, 1917         Died of his wounds while in hospital


He is buried in the Bois Guillaume Communal Cemetery Extension at Rouen France


Jun 1, 1921

Beginning on this date, the following were sent to his family at RR # 1 Harold Ontario 

British War Medal, Victory Medal. Memorial Cross, Plaque (Death Penny) and Scroll 

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