Bert Jerram, MM



Aug 15, 1897

Born at Cowes, Isle of Wight, England


Nov 27, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough Ontario 

Ø      Number 195366

Ø      Next of kin given as Geoffrey Jerram (brother) of the HMS Glory, Royal Navy c/o the Admiralty

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer

o       Later recorded as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Apr 1, 1916

Shown on the pay list as being granted permission to work on the farm


May 1, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from the farm


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the RMS Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp near Shorncliffe


Oct 6, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Jan 4, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Apr 21, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion.  He was part of a draft of about 3,000 to arrive at the Depot from England on this date


Apr 24, 1917

Left the CBD to join his unit


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the Support Trench near Aux Rietz.  Pte Jerram arrived as part of a draft of 149 Other Ranks.  There is no explanation in the file as to why it took almost 4 weeks for him to reach the Battalion


Aug 17, 1917

Proceeded on Course.  Neither the location nor the course type are recorded


Sep 20, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Nov 25, 1917

Admitted to the Field Ambulance.  There is no record of a reason for this in the file


Nov 27, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 16, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from the Field Ambulance


Jan 8, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 24, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Mar 3, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunneling Company for duty


Mar 10, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Tunneling Company


Aug 8, 1918

The 21st Battalion went “over the top” in an attack east of Marcelcave.  This was a large attack that saw severe fighting with many casualties, including the Battalion’s Commanding Officer L/Col EW Jones DSOwBar who as killed on this date.  For his heroic actions during the attack, Pte Bert Jerram was recommended for the Military Medal


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred the same day to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with his left leg almost completely blown off by a shell explosion.  His leg was amputated just above the ankle and he was then transported overnight by Ambulance Train to hospital 

Pte Jerram was one of 326 Casualties, either wounded or killed during the advance on the Marcoing Line near Cambrai that day


Oct 13, 1918

Admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers where a larger portion of the leg was amputated


Oct 26, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Admitted to the 3rd General Hospital at Cardiff 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142



Feb 6, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Feb 26, 1919

Infection was noted and a further portion of the leg had to be amputated, leaving a 7 inch stump below the knee


Mar 10, 1919

Fitted with a peg leg


May 27, 1919

Transferred to the No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Kirkdale


Jun 10, 1919

Embarked the Hospital Ship Essequibo at Liverpool


TOS Military District #2 at Toronto Ontario


Jun 21, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine, USA and proceeded to Toronto Ontario and posted to the MD #2 Hospital Section


Jun 22, 1919

Admitted to the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital, Christie St, Toronto Ontario


Jun 30, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until July 7 

Address on leave 1224 Bloor St West, Toronto Ontario


Jul 15, 1919

Measured for an artificial leg


Aug 26, 1919

Fitted with new artificial leg


Sep 9, 1919

Artificial limb had to be removed because of poor fit and new limb ordered


Oct 7, 1919

Fitted with a replacement for his artificial leg


Oct 18, 1919

Discharged from hospital and discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 283274

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 1224 Bloor St West, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Granted 183 days War Service Gratuity pay 

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