Jack Thomas Herman Hartt


Jul 13, 1897

Born in Waubaushene, Ontario to Thomas and Rose Anna (nee Southorn) Hartt


Jan 17, 1916

Shown on the payroll of the 157th Battalion in Barrie, Ontario.  The battalion was given the task of building and organizing the new Camp Borden, near Barrie.


Apr 1, 1916

Transferred to the 177th Battalion at Camp Borden, Ontario.


Apr 6, 1916

Transferred to the 76th Battalion at the Niagara Camp and assigned to “B” Company


Apr 10, 1916

Attested into the 157th Battalion CEF in Barrie, Ontario 

Ø      Number 643004

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. T. Hartt, mother, 88 Albert St., Orillia, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Moulder

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The date on the attestation paper is very likely incorrect as he was clearly a member of the 76th Battalion at this time.  The attestation paper should most likely be dated January 17, 1916


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia as a member of the 76th Battalion


May 5, 1916

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


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

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


Jul 13, 1916

After leaving the CBD he joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Chippawa Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on and capture of the sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Hartt was killed in action by a German bomb.  He was buried in the nearby field, but when the Imperial War Graves Commission searched for his body after the war ended, it could not be located.  He is subsequently honoured on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his foster father, Thomas Hartt, 1282 Lansdowne Ave., Toronto, Ontario 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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