Bruce Rodney Blanchard, MM


Apr 19, 1894

Born at Lakefield Ontario


Oct 23, 1914

Shown on the pay sheet for the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers


Nov 3, 1914

SOS 57th Regiment on proceeding to Kingston


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59072 (temporary number 500)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Blanchard (father) of 346 Water St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Jan 3, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Corporal with pay


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of L/Cpl


Sep 8, 1915

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 9, 1916            Wounded during the fighting at the St Eloi Craters 

From a Medical Report filed in England "was hit in right arm and shoulder with a bullet and in right hip, back and right eye with shrapnel.  All these occurred at the same time.” 

Noted later in file that the bullet wound was from one of his own men.

Above is from the 21st Battalion War Diary 

Although he most likely would have been treated initially at a Canadian Field Ambulance then evacuated to a Casualty Clearing Station, neither of these events are recorded in the file. 

Admitted to the No 24 General Hospital at Etaples


Apr 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Apr 15, 1916

Admitted to No 2 London General Hospital


May 3, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Jul 5, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Oct 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to CCAC


Oct 7, 1916

Placed On Command to the Canadian Musketry School for duty


Oct 10, 1916

Admitted to Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkestone with complications from wounds received in the field and placed On Command to 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 11, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29780


Oct 19, 1916

Discharged from hospital and ceases to be On Command to 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 28, 1916

Attached to CASCTD (Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot)


Oct 30, 1916

Attached to CASC (Canadian Army Service Corps) for PBD (permanent Base Duty)


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 7, 1916

Attached to D of S&T at Sandgate


Nov 28, 1916

Attached to Canadian Arms Inspection & Repair Depot at East Greenwich for duty


Mar 10, 1917

TOS EORD and attached to CSH&L Regimental Depot at Hastings


Jun 4, 1917

Ceases to be attached and returned to EORD


Jun 14, 1917

Placed On Command to CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps), London & Crowborough Area, London


Jun 16, 1917

Ceases to be On Command on posting to CAPC London


Jul 5, 1917

TOS EORD at Seaford from CAPC


Jul 7, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Warlingham with a case of Gonorrhea


Sep 21, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 27, 1917

Posted to EORD and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 22, 1917

Ceases to be On Command


Jan 11, 1918

Granted leave with a free travel warrant 

There is no indication as to length of leave granted


Mar 2, 1918

Medical Board notes 

Ø      Shrapnel fragment lodged in right eye

Ø      Right clavicle deformed from wound

Ø      Limited movement of right arm

Ø      Weak grip

Ø      Poor circulation

Ø      Myalgia (muscle pain) at times

Ø      Not likely to improve

Ø      Makes note of 3 different surgical procedures on right arm

Ø      Also noted that no surgery has been performed on right eye

Ø      Placed in Category BIII for permanent duty in England


Apr 11, 1918

Placed On Command to CASC for duty


Jun 7, 1918

Transferred to CAMCD (Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot) at Seaford


Jun 26, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Monks Horton for duty


Aug 1, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Special Hospital at Edgehill


Aug 14, 1918

Ceases to be attached at Edgehill


Aug 16, 1918

Posted to CAMC Depot


Aug 26, 1918

Posted to No 11 Canadian General Hospital at Shorncliffe


Feb 15, 1919

TOS CAMC Depot, but remains attached to No 11 Canadian General Hospital for duty


Mar 8, 1919

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Mar 10, 1919

Transferred to No 11 Canadian General Hospital, Shorncliffe


Mar 29, 1919

Ceases to be attached and posted to “C” Company, CAMC Bexhill while in hospital


Apr 15, 1919

TOS No 11 Canadian General Hospital


May 29, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 4, 1919

TOS No 12 Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott for duty with the Escort Pool


Jun 24, 1919

TOS CAMC Casualty Depot, Bramshott


Jun 26, 1919

TOS “O” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Jul 25, 1919

Embarked the RMS Saturnia at Glasgow Scotland


TOS MD#2 at Toronto Ontario


Aug 6, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Aug 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 388518

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Westcot Apts, Fuller Ave, Toronto Ontario


Sep 21, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to RR #1 Cainsville Ontario c/o JW Clarke


Jun 13, 1972

Deceased at Toronto Ontario


From the Toronto World newspaper, November 10, 1917 about the Blanchard family contribution to the war effort


Above is from the August 1972 Communiqué

Below is from a happier time at the 1935 21st Battalion reunion at Peterborough Ontario.  Bruce is 2nd from the right in the front row

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