Pember John Casselman

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 14, 1897

Born in St. Albert, Ontario to John Carman and Christine Catherine (nee McLeod) Casselman.


Feb 26, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Chesterville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633591

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr. John Casselman, father, Boundary Falls, British Columbia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the RMS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley


Jan 28, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley.


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at the newly organized No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jun 10, 1917

Left the CIBD as part of a draft of 64 reinforcements for the front.


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the Coupigny Huts near Barlin, France


Aug 18, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his left arm and hand received during the fighting at Hill 70.


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the No. 10 CFA.


Oct 4, 1917

Discharged to duty from the No. 10 CFA


Oct 16, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA diagnosed with suspected Diphtheria and transferred the same day to the No. 6 CFA.


Oct 17, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 21, 1917

Transferred via the No. 9 AT (Ambulance Train) to the No. 46 General Hospital, Etaples.


Dec 25, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Coninck

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital.

Admitted to the Grove Military Hospital, Tooting Grove, London.


Jan 4, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Epsom.


Jan 11, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for rehabilitation.


Feb 28, 1918

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion and proceeded to the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples, France and was TOS the 21st Battalion on arrival.


Apr 14, 1918

Left the CIBD to join the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp).


Apr 16, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C in Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 9 reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion.


May 10, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join his battalion.


May 12, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly, southwest of Arras.


May 27, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with shrapnel wounds to his right arm and leg, face and a fractured left leg.  He was transferred the same day to the CCS.  From there he was transferred to the No. 3 Canadian Stationary Hospital, Doullens.


 Below is from the 21st Battalion's War Diary


May 28, 1918

Private Casselman died of his wounds while in hospital.

Doullens Communal Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his uncle, Mr. John Archie MacLeod, Morewood, Ontario.


The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, John Casselman, Boundary Falls, British Columbia.


No Memorial Cross was issued as his mother had predeceased him.


Private Casselman is honoured on the war memorial in Morewood, Ontario

As an interesting aside, the statue on the memorial above was created in the likeness of Capt EJ Glasgow , who also served in the 21st Battalion.  Also of interest, Capt Glasgow signed Pte. Casselman's last will as a witness.

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