Harold Fraser

Aug 4, 1890

Born in Teeswater, Ontario to John and Elizabeth A. (nee Forsyth) Fraser


Feb 28, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Plattsville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 675667

Ø      Next of kin given as John Fraser, father, Teeswater, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 32nd Bruce Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Mar 6, 1916

Granted leave to attend a course of instruction


Jul 5, 1916

Promoted to provisional rank of Corporal


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, to continue training 

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jan 4, 1917

Posted to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train troops there


May 3, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private in order to be transferred to the front lines and was posted to the 21st Battalion.


May 4, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 344 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 31, 1917

After leaving the CBD, he joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Vimy Ridge


Aug 18, 1917

During fierce fighting at Hill 70, Private Fraser was killed in hand to hand combat with the enemy and was subsequently buried in the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery Extension west of Lens, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. John Fraser, Teeswater, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. John Fraser at the same address

L/Cpl. Arthur Ament remembered the day that his friend was killed in a narrative dictated to his daugher before he passed on


Private Harold Fraser is honoured on the War Memorial in Teeswater, Ontario


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