Wilmot Bliss Hyslip

Mar 8, 1885

Born in Alma, New Brunswick


Oct 21, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion CEF in Valcartier, Quebec 

Ø      Number 445609

Ø      Next of kin given as John Hyslip, father, Bridgedale, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Railway Section Man

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan 

After recruiting in Nova Scotia, the battalion had moved to Valcartier for 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 22, 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

After leaving the base depot Private Hyslip joined the 21st Battalion in the “B” Camp near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the Battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the objective of overtaking a sugar refinery near Courcelette, France.  Heavy fighting ensued but the battalion persevered and captured their objective.   Private Hyslip was in a party of men holding the sugar refinery while the battalion moved forward to their next objective.  During a German counter attack he received severe wounds and was evacuated to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Sep 17, 1916

Private Hyslip died of his wounds while at the No. 3 CCS and was buried in the nearby Puchevillers British Cemetery in the village of Puchevillers, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, John Hyslip, Upper Coverdale, New Brunswick 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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