Joseph Harry Bieth

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Feb 3, 1896

Born in Denver Colorado, USA


Nov 17, 1916

Entered Canada from the USA at Newgate British Columbia and stated his occupation then was a Miner and his last address was in North Dakota


May 14, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Trenton Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093428

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs A Bieth, aunt, of 325 East 39th St, New York, New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Driver

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 4, 1917

Sentenced to 24 hours detention for being absent from the 9 am parade


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford


Jun 10, 1917

The Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France along with 11 other reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Poperinghe Belgium


Nov 24, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines and assigned to “A” Company


Aug 6, 1918

Pte Bieth was killed when a German artillery shell landed in an ammunition dump at the same time that his Company was moving forward to enter the front line.





Longueau British Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to Miss M Cronkright, a friend, at Box 306, Trenton Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs A Bieth, at 325 E 39th St, New York, NY, USA


Above is from the January 1938 issue of the Communiqé, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter describing how Pte Bieth met his death, and below is from the Battalion's War Diary

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