William Sidney Hamilton Bernard

Oct 2, 1887

Born in Dublin, Ireland to Reverend John Henry and Maud Nancy Bernard


Jan 15, 1903

Entered training on the HMS Britannia training ship

He was assessed as being “Zealous, but not quick”


Jul 15, 1904

Commissioned as a Mid Shipman in Royal Navy

In November of 1905 his status report shows that he was warned about excessive use of alcohol and that other officers on his ship “have nothing to do with him”


Nov 1, 1906

Dismissed from the Royal Navy


May 21, 1913

Embarked the SS Majestic in Southampton



May 29, 1913

Disembarked in New York City, New York, USA and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Aug 17, 1914

Married to Lucy Manning in the St. George’s Anglican Church, Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue, Quebec


Oct 3, 1914

Volunteered for service in the Royal Navy but was rejected


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59058 (temporary number 1108)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lucy Bernard, wife, Wentworth Apartments, Ottawa, Ontario

o   There is a note to also notify the Department of the Interior

Ø  Previous occupation given as Civil Servant

Ø  Previous military experience given as 43rd Regiment DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) and the Royal Navy as a Mid Shipman

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries



Nov 23, 1914

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

Appointed Pay Sergeant and posted to the Headquarters Company


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


Jun 17, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request and posted to the Depot Company

Appointed Acting Sergeant Pay Clerk with pay


Jun 23, 1915

Transferred to the Office of Chief Paymaster in London


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling in order to accept a commission in the Royal Navy Reserve


Oct 2, 1915

Transferred to the Pay and Records Office, London


Nov 6, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay and reprimanded for being absent


Nov 20, 1915

Struck Off Strength of the Pay and Records Office


Nov 29, 1915

Discharged from the CEF on receiving a commission in the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve and proceeded to the RNVR Crystal Palace, London


Oct 9, 1916

Proceeded on course of instruction


Nov 2, 1916

Upon completion of course, to be held for training as Secretary Clerk


Nov 20, 1916

Admitted to hospital in Malta with a diagnosis that reads Catarrh, a nasal infection


Dec 2, 1916

Posted for temporary duty in the office of Rear Admiral Hayes-Sadler


Jan 21, 1917

Qualified to act as an interpreter in French language


Jul 31, 1917

Reprimanded for carelessness for failing to dispatch a cypher signal and for carelessly handling a secret cypher

His assessment reads “average, good knowledge of French but lacking in application”


Oct 8, 1917

Transferred from the Executive Branch as being more suitable for the Administrative Branch.  Noted as “types French good”.

Posted for duty with the French Naval Attaché

Although he is reported to be presentable, he is recorded as being “not accurate or methodical enough”


Oct 10, 1917

Admitted to the Chatham Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Syphilis


Oct 22, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 28, 1917

Admitted to the Chatham Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Syphilis treatmen


Oct 31, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 7, 1917

Readmitted to the Chatham Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Syphilis treatment


Nov 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital

Posted for duty with Colonel Cumming in the French Naval Attaché office


Apr 17, 1918

Medical records are not complete, but it appears that he suffered a mental breakdown and was described as “being of a debilitating constitution”


May 28, 1918

Posted to Naval Base Larne in Ireland for duty


Sep 18, 1918

Reinstated and appointed to the Accounts Payable office at the Larne Naval Base


Jan 7, 1919

Not recommended for retention in the Royal Navy


Feb 8, 1919

Demobilized from active service


Oct 16, 1930

Disembarked in London, England, coming from St. Vincent, Cape Verde Island.  Occupation listed as H.M. Vice Consul

The 1939 England Register shows him living at 91 Finchley Road, Hampstead, London and lists his occupation as Tours Representative


Jun 18, 1958

His wife Lucy died in Exeter, Devon, England


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