Frederick Albert Bichener, MM



Jun 9, 1894

Born at Kempston Bedfodrshire England


Mar 27, 1913

Embarked the SS Sicilian at London



Apr 15, 1913

After a stop-over at Le Havre France, he disembarked at Saint John New Brunswick.  The ship’s manifest shows that he gave his occupation as being a Gardiner.  It also shows that he was proceeding to Ingersoll Ontario by the Canadian Pacific Railway.


Jan 13, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675170

Ø      Next of kin given as Harry and Emily Bichener (parents) of Ingersoll Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Up until June of 1916 his Company was billeted in the McCarty House hotel in Ingersoll.


Jun 1, 1916

The 168th Battalion moved to London Ontario for further training.  From here, they proceeded to Camp Borden for more training.


Oct 23, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to Mrs Emily Bichener of Bell St, Ingsersoll Ontario


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

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


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

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


Mar 31, 1917

Left the CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 4, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Billets at Bois des Alleux carrying out training exercises for the attack at Vimy Ridge


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Royal Engineers


Dec 22, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 9, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 13, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 31, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunneling Company


Feb 19, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Tunneling Company


Mar 4, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a shrapnel wound to right ankle 

Transferred the same day to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station


Mar 13, 1918

Transferred via No 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Apr 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital to the Base Details


Apr 21, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot)


Apr 23, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) at Havre


May 15, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 26, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a Contusion (a bruise) to his back  

Transferred the same day to No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

Later that night transferred to No 12 Stationary Hospital at St Pol


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Sep 3, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot


Sep 6, 1918

Transferred to No 12 Convalescent Depot at Aubengne


Sep 13, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Ison 445008, who had been promoted


Sep 28, 1918

Discharged from the Convalescent Depot and transferred to No 5 Rest Camp


Oct 1, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds


Oct 10, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Oct 16, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette # 31142



Mar 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre



Mar 4, 1919

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


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Cpl

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277350

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Box 251 Ingersoll Ontario 

At a later date, most likely in 1921, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at PO Box 251 Ingersoll Ontario


May 12, 1920

Married to Edith Evelyn Haines at Ingersoll Ontario


Jun 19, 1952

Deceased at Ingersoll Ontario


Ingersoll Rural Cemetery
Ingersoll ON


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