Alfred Tait

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Oct 25,1898

Born in England


May 1, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 724275

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs George Smith, foster mother, of RR #1, Sonya Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jul 21, 1916

Transferred to the Special Service Battalion, #3 Special Service Company.  This was done because he was under the age of 18.


Sep 30, 1916

Sentenced to 1 day detention and 6 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred to the 155th Battalion


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 16, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Jan 19, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin


Feb 21, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join the 21st Battalion


Feb 22, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion whose headquarters was at Maison Blanche, near Thelus


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge, Pte Tait was killed in action.  He was buried near where he fell, north west of Farbus.  After the war ended, his remains could not be located due to extensive shelling through to the end of the war.  As a result he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Lily Tait, at 32 Plasnewydd Road, Cardiff, Wales 

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