Oliver Hanson


Apr 6, 1887

Born in Woodstock, New Brunswick to Arthur and Sefronie Hanson


Jun 12, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion CEF in Sussex, New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444911

Ø      Next of kin given as Sefronie Hanson, mother, Woodstock, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

It would seem that he could not write as his signature is noted as “His Mark” and an X


Jun 15, 1915

The battalion moved to Valcartier, Quebec to carry out training


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Apr 4, 1916

Sentenced to 10 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being absent from parade


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in the T & R front line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s attack on the sugar refinery at Courcelette, France, Private Hanson received a bayonet wound to his left hand.  He was first evacuated to the field ambulance, and then transferred to the nearby casualty clearing station for treatment.


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux for treatment


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Northampton War Hospital in Dustan 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 19, 1916

Transferred to the Woodcote Park Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 7, 1916

Posted to No. 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for light duties and attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital in Hastings


Dec 28, 1916

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Hastings with a sprained ankle


Jan 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford for pay purposes, but remained attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jun 21, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a group of 83 reinforcements from England and was TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1917

After leaving the CIBD he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Camblain L’Abbe as part of a draft of 75 reinforcements to help replace the losses suffered at Passchendaele


Apr 2, 1918

While the battalion was moving out of the front line trench at the Telegraph Hill Switch, near Neuville Vitasse, Private Hanson was killed by artillery fire and buried in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, south of Arras.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Sefronie Hanson, Woodstock, New Brunswick 

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


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