William Burvell "Tiny" Coulter

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 2, 1887

Born to George and Margaret Rebecca (nee Irwin) Coulter in Darrell, Ontario.


Jun 17, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Belleville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 637171

Ø      Next of kin given as Rebecca Coulter, mother, Dover Centre, Kent County, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott.


Nov 23, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal.


Dec 5, 1916

Reverted to the rank of private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting battalion in France and was transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion.


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France.


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Private Coulter received shrapnel wounds to his right leg and was taken to a field ambulance for first aid where it was discovered that he was also suffering from Trench Feet.


Apr 23, 1917

He was transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux for further treatment.


Jun 14, 1917

Discharged from hospital and sent to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne for rehabilitation.


Jun 15, 1917

He was then sent to the No. 3 Rest Camp to continue his rehabilitation.


Jun 17, 1917

He arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples.


Jun 26, 1917

From the No. 2 CIBD he was sent to the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion at Hersin.


Jul 27, 1917

Appointed Acting Corporal with pay.


Aug 21, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private and rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois.


Sep 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave.


Oct 2, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from leave.


Oct 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea).  He was then transferred the same day to the No. 10 CFA.


Oct 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Oct 11, 1917

Transferred via the No. 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples.


Feb 11, 1918

Discharged from hospital for light duties.  On discharge he was sentenced to a forfeiture of his Field Allowance and reduction of pay by 50¢ per day for the 124 days he was in hospital.

On release from hospital he was assigned to the No. 3 CCS to be employed as a stretcher bearer.


May 3, 1918

He rejoined the 21st Battalion for full duty.


Jun 17, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge.


Oct 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave.


Nov 20, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave.


Mar 14, 1918

Proceeded to England and was posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) pending returning to Canada for police duty.


Mar 18, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford, England.


Apr 23, 1919

Posted to the NBRD (New Brunswick Regimental Depot) in Ripon.


May 6, 1919

Embarked the RMS Scotian in Liverpool.

May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario.


Jun 20, 1919

On July 7, 1919 he was declared to be a Deserter and struck off strength as of June 20, 1919 as such.


Jul 26, 1919

Private Coulter was apprehended and taken back on strength of the No. 3 District Depot in Kingston.


Jul 30, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario.

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 213772

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge given as Chatham, Ontario.


Jan 26, 1921

Married to Mary Maude MacFarlane in Shannonville, Ontario.


Mar 8, 1923

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at RR #3 Tupperville, Ontario.


Aug 17, 1956

Died in Chatham Township, Ontario and buried in the Dresden Cemetery.


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