Alfred Henry Clubbe

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 28, 1890

Born at Rosseau Ontario to Alfred William and Annie (nee Martin) Clubbe


Apr 4, 1916

Attested into the 96th Battalion at Saskatoon Saskatchewan 

Ø      Number 204648

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Annie Clubbe, mother, of Rosseau Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Jun 2, 1916

Appointed to Provisional Rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 12, 1916

Promoted to the Provisional Rank of Corporal


Sep 27, 1916

Embarked the SS Laconia at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Oct 8, 1916

The 96th Battalion was absorbed into the 92nd Battalion at East Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

The 92nd Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 5th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Jan 20, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 1,022 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion 

Upon arrival at the Havre camp, he was required to revert to the rank of Private as there were no openings for a Corporal at the time in the 21st Battalion.  This order was later changed, and his rank of Acting Corporal was reinstated


Jan 22, 1917

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Feb 6, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Marles les Mines  

There is no explanation for the length of time taken to join the Battalion, but the CBD War Diary notes that the weather was extremely cold and snowing, with many delays in the French train system.  I would assume that was the problem


Feb 20, 1917

Confirmed in rank of Corporal


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack at Vimy Ridge, Cpl Clubbe was first reported missing, then later confirmed to have been killed in action on this date.  His remains were first buried near the trenches, but he was later exhumed and reburied in a permanent cemetery

Nine Elms Military Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war, the following were sent to his mother, Mrs Annie Clubbe at Rosseau Ontario:

British War Medal

Victory Medal

Memorial Cross.


The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Alfred William Clubbe, at the same address 

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