Frederick William Heath


Sep 4, 1887

Born at Walsall, Staffordshire, England


Feb 24, 1916

Attested into the 96th Battalion at Saskatoon Saskatchewan 

Ø      Number 204326
Ø      Present address given as “Kelfield Sask”
Ø      Next of kin given as Frederick William Heath (father) of Lynton Streetly, Birmingham, England
Ø      Occupation given as “Royal North West Mounted Police”
Ø      No previous military service given
Ø      Religion given as “Church of England”


Mar 23, 1916

Promoted to Lance Corporal


Apr 3, 1916

Promoted to Corporal


Apr 20, 1916

Promoted to Sargeant


Jul 18, 1916

Married to Annie Barbara Heath – (Note: The notation in the file has the date of July 18, 1914.  I believe this to be in error)


Jul 20, 1916

Next of kin changed to Mrs Annie B Heath of Carberry Manitoba


Sep 9, 1916

Embarked at Halifax on SS Laconia

(Note: the SS Laconia was sunk by a German U Boat in 1917)


Sep 18, 1916

Will made out leaving everything to his wife, Annie Barbara Heath.


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to East Sandling Camp – Appointed Acting Sargeant


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred to, and Taken on Strength at the 92nd Battalion at East Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to, and Taken on Strength of the 5th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott


Jan 20, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 21, 1917

Arrived and Taken on Strength the 21st Battalion at Canadian Base Details and reverts to rank of Pte – Appointed to rank of Acting Sargeant for 1 month (Jan 21 to Feb 20), then reverts to rank of Pte.


Jan 22, 1917

Left to join the unit in the field


Feb 6, 1917

Arrived at 21st Battalion in France


Feb 20, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal and carried as a supernumerary to establishment


Apr 6, 1917

Sent to Field Ambulance wounded


Apr 16, 1917

Returned to duty from hospital


May 17, 1917

Attached to #4 FCCE (Field Company Canadian Engineers)


Jun 1, 1917

Returned to 21st Battalion from #4 FCCE


Aug 15, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Sargeant


Aug 28, 1917

Proceeded on course in the field (course type unknown)


Sep 20, 1917

Returned from course


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to #4 FCCE


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined battalion from #4 FCCE


Dec 13, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Dec 28, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Jan 18, 1918

Admitted to 12 St Hospital St Pol


Jan 22, 1918

Transferred to 20 A.T. (20 AT is an unfamiliar term)


Jan 23, 1918

Admitted #1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples France


Feb 1, 1918

Admitted to No 6 Convalescent Hospital at Etaples France


Mar 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital (10 MBD) – severely reprimanded for “Improper Conduct to an NCO”


Mar 15, 1918

Taken on Strength of 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Details)


Mar 21, 1918

Struck off Strength 2 CIBD and sent to 18th Battalion for escort duty (most likely escorting German prisoners)


Mar 24, 1918

TOS 2 CIBD from escort duty


Apr 6, 1918

Left for CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 12, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion in France


Aug 22, 1918

Relinquishes appointment of Lance Sargeant at own request and is attached to CCRC


Sep 1, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion from attachment to CCRC


Oct 11, 1918

Died of Wounds at 5th Canadian Field Ambulance of gun shot wound and fracture to right leg

Ramillies British Cemetery


May 28, 1919

Next of kin address (Mrs AB Heath) changed to “Corner House, Henstridge, W. Blandford, Dorset, England, 

Ø      later changed to 1 Calme Villa, Shortwood, Magotsfield, W. Bristol, England
Ø      later changed again to 3 Cosham St., Magotsfield, W. Bristol, England.


Jun 15, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to widow at 3 Cosham St., Magotsfield, W. Bristol, England, and another sent mother at Lynton Streetly, Birmingham, England


Aug 17, 1920

War Service Gratuity authorized to be paid to his widow, amount was $180, less $80 already paid.


Dec 17, 1920

Death Scroll sent to widow


Apr 16, 1921

Death Scroll sent again


Feb 28, 1922

Death Plaque sent to widow


Mar 27, 1922

Death Plaque returned


May 29, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to widow at 3 Cosham St., Magotsfield, W. Bristol, England


Feb 7, 1923

Death Plaque sent again 



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Frederick Heath being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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