William Hartell

Feb 18, 1889

Born in Northfield, Ontario


Apr 26, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 634085

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. William Hartell, wife, Northfield, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

It would seem that William Hartell could not read or write as his documents are signed with an X and indicated as “his mark” 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 28, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley to continue training


Mar 13, 1917

Transferred to the 161st Battalion in Witley.  This order was cancelled shortly after


Mar 28, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the CBD, Private Hartell joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Aux Rietz as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements to replace losses at Vimy Ridge


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the engineers


Jan 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 31, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 26, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 26, 1918

During an attack by the battalion on the German held Tilloy and Hun trenches, Private Hartell was reported as missing after action.


Aug 30, 1918

He rejoined the battalion in the front lines.  It seems that he became separated from his comrades and got lost in No Man’s Land. 


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s advance at Avesnes-le-Sec, Private Hartell once again was reported missing after action.  It was later confirmed that he had been killed on this date and was buried in the Niagara British Cemetery, Iwuy, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. William Hartell, Northfield, Ontario 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. J. Meeds, Aultsville, Ontario.  The town of Altsville no longer exists as it was flooded when the St. Lawrence Seaway was created


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