Gerrit Mulder

Feb 23, 1890

Born in Ainsworth, Utrecht, Holland


May 7, 1910

Embarked the SS Canada in Liverpool, England



May 15, 1910

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Tillsonburg, Ontario


Oct 10, 1911

Married to Marrian Lowrey (Lowrie?) in Woodstock, Ontario

On the marriage license he stated that he did not know the names of his parents


Jan 10, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Tillsonburg, Ontario

Ø  Number 675122

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Gerrit Mulder, wife, Tillsonburg, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Jun 19, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 12 noon


Jun 23, 1916

Reported for duty at 2 pm.  There is no record in the file for any punishment


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

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


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling to continue his training


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to continue training reinforcements for the front


Feb 5, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days detention

There is no reason given in the file for this sentence


Mar 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 67 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Mulder joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Bois des Alleux as a reinforcement for the losses at Vimy Ridge


Jun 7, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Scabies.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 1 CFA


Jun 10, 1917

Discharged from the field ambulance and rejoined the battalion


Aug 16, 1917

On the previous day the 21st Battalion began their attack on Hill 70 near Lens, France.  The fighting was severe and the Germans mounted several counter attacks.  After first being reported missing, Private Gerrit Mulder was declared to have been killed.  His identified body was never recovered from the battlefield.  It is possible that he is buried in the Cabaret Rouge British Cemetery as an Unknown Soldier as there are 2 unknown 21st Battalion men buried there beside Capt GD Mulder who was killed at the same time and initially buried as an unknown officer of the 21st Battalion.    Private Mulder’s name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed in France during the war and have no known grave


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Marian Mulder, Tillsonburg, Ontario

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