William Bertin, MM



May 15, 1897

Born at Bathurst New Brunswick


Jun 12, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 445139

Ø      Next of kin given as Joseph Bertin (Father) of Bathurst New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jun 15, 1915

The battalion moved to Valcartier Quebec from Sussex New Brunswick


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal Quebec



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Apr 23, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion had just come out of the front line trenches and the men were in billets at the B Camp, near Poperinghe Belgium.


Sep 28, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his hand and a bruised back.  He was transferred the same day to No 4 CFA


Oct 5, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 20, 1917

Admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples diagnosed with ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in his right foot.


May 20, 1917

Discharged from hospital to the Base Details at the CBD for light duties


Jun 5, 1917

Left the CBD for the Entrenching Battalion


Jun 7, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Jun 12, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 25, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Nov 12, 1917

Admitted to No 16 Philadelphia General Hospital at Le Treport with a contused ankle as a result of being buried by a shell explosion


Dec 2, 1917

Transferred to No 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport


Dec 4, 1917

Discharged to duty from the No 3 Convalescent Depot and TOS No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre


Dec 10, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 14, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from CC Rein C


Mar 30, 1918

Admitted to No 3 CFA diagnosed with an ICT infection to his feet


Apr 6, 1918

Discharged to duty from No 3 CFA


Aug 15 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Aug 31, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Records List


Apr 15, 1919

Proceeded to England


Apr 16, 1919

TOS “H” Wing at the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


May 19, 1919

Embarked the RMS Cedric at Liverpool



May 27, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to St John New Brunswick


May 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 267714

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge GPO Bathurst New Brunswick 

At a later date, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Bathurst New Brunswick


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31430


This award had previously been announced in the 21st Battalion War Diary on December 14, 1918 

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