Albert Edward "Ab" Bishop

aka Albert Fletcher

Apr 13, 1895

Born in Littlemore, England to John and Sarah (nee Bishop) Fletcher


Mar 27, 1908

Embarked the SS Virginian in Liverpool, England under the name Albert Bishop with John and Sarah Fletcher and family



Apr 4, 1908

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Port Perry, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario under the name of Albert Fletcher

Ø  Number 59069 (temporary number 519)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Henry Fletcher, father, Keene, Ontario

o   John Fletcher was later recorded as his uncle, but noted that he had been adopted by him.

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

His 2 half-brothers, Alfred Edward Fletcher and William Henry Fletcher, also attested into the battalion the same day.  Note that they have consecutive temporary numbers, 519, 520 and 521.

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


Dec 19, 1914

Sentenced to 20 days detention for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 9 days


Mar 9, 1915

His name was changed to read Albert Bishop in the service file and shown as “his true name”


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


Jul 1, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 22, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) Rest Station with a wound to his left arm


Jan 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the 21st Battalion


May 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a sprained left ankle and transferred the same day to the No. 5 CFA


May 8, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


May 29, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA with a diagnosis that reads infected middle ear


May 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Jun 16, 1916

Discharged to the base details for light duties


Jun 20, 1916

Posted to the base depot in Boulogne and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jun 30, 1916

After leaving the base depot he rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was assigned the heavily defended sugar refinery south of Courcelette as their objective during the battle of the Somme.  The fighting was fierce and the battalion suffered many losses.  Private Bishop was buried by the nearby explosion of a high explosive artillery shell.  After being dug out by his comrades, he was dazed and clearly suffering from a concussion and evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to a casualty clearing station.


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bethnal Green Military Hospital in Cambridge Heath with a diagnosis that reads Shell Shock.  He was noted as suffering from trembling arms and legs

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 17, 1916

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington


Feb 16, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Western General Hospital in Liverpool


Feb 19, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo


Note the ship did not sail until February 24th


Mar 1, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Mar 9, 1917

Admitted to the Whitby Military Hospital, Whitby, Ontario


Apr 1, 1917

Posted to the MHCC (Military Hospital Commission of Canada) for pay purposes


Sep 1, 1917

To be an outpatient of the Whitby Military Hospital


Apr 16, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Apr 30, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Keene, Ontario

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Keene, Ontario


Sep 24, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s University Military Hospital suffering from Shell Shock.  He is noted as being extremely nervous and suffering from headaches


Oct 31, 1918

Discharged from hospital


From the 1954 summer edition of the Communiqué
(the 21st Battalion’s post war newsletter)



Mar 21, 1959

Albert Bishop died while a patient at the Sunnybrook Veteran’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Lower Keene Cemetery, Keene, Ontario


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