Edgar Albert Mitchell
Served as Bertram Phillips





Mar 3, 1891

Born at London England


May 30, 1917

Attested into the Signal Training Depot at St John New Brunswick. 

Ø      Attested as Bertram Phillips

Ø      Number 2265517

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Nora Wylane (aunt) of 26 Herbert St., Devonport England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 8 years in Royal Navy

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


May 31, 1917

Last Will and Testament made out leaving entire estate to Mrs Nora Wylane (aunt) of 26 Herbert St., Devenport England


Aug 9, 1917

Admitted to Military Hospital in Ottawa Ontario with measles


Aug 31, 1917

Discharged to duty


Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax



Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) CETD (Canadian Engineers Training Depot) at Seaford


Dec 19, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to 7th Reserve Battalion


Jan 22, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay and allowances


Feb 15, 1918

SOS 7th Reserve Battalion and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion


Apr 10, 1918

Reverts to rank of Pte to proceed to France at own request


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to PPCLI (Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry)


Apr 12, 1918

TOS PPCLI on arrival at 3rd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot)


Apr 14, 1918

Left for CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 15, 1918

Arrived at CCRC and immediately left to join PPCLI


Jun 5, 1918

Posted to 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 27, 1918

Killed in Action.  Either his body was never recovered, or if recovered, was never identified.  For that reason he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial, Vimy France



Jul 28, 1920

Memorial Cross sent to Mrs Sarah Mitchell (mother) at 12 Ocean St., Keyham Devonport England


Jan 18, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mrs Nora Wylane at 26 Herbert St., Devenport England


Mar 12, 1923

Death Plaque (commonly called the Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll sent to Mr Frederick Mitchell (father) of 12 Ocean St., Keyham Devonport England



It is unclear which name is engraved on the medals as both the Mitchell and Phillips name appears on the medals card in the file.



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 Edgar Mitchell 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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