Vance Vautrin






Note that there are a few variations in the spelling of this man’s name.  He signed the Attestation papers as Vance Voutrin, while the Battalion Embarkation Roll for May 6, 1915, records him as Vena Voutrion, and he is referred to in the Communique as Vince Votran.  It would seem that the family currently spells the last name as Vautrin.


May 24, 1892

Born at Watertown Washington, USA


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60020 (temporary number 238)

Ø      Next of kin given as Haddie Voutrin (mother) of Desert Lake Ontario

o       Later noted as being Hattie Walker with address at 316 Brock St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Engineer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years with the 4th Hussars

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jun 18, 1915

Transferred to the Transport Section


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the SS St Seiriol at Folkestone 



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 23, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 10, 1917

At duty from leave


May 17, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


May 18, 1917

Admitted to No 2 Australian General Hospital at Eastleigh, with Trench Fever


Jun 20, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 6, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 18, 1917

Will made out leaving estate to his mother, Mrs Hattie Walker of Desert Lake Ontario


Sep 2, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 6th Reserve Battalion on proceeding to France to rejoin the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Left 2 CIBD for the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 16, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C


Nov 16, 1917

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Nov 20, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Jan 24, 1918

Admitted to 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to 4 CFA with Impetigo


Feb 28, 1918

Discharged to duty from 4 CFA


Mar 15, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from hospital


Aug 3, 1918

Admitted to 6 CFA then transferred to 5 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with an accidental injury to left ankle 

In a subsequent inquiry into the accident, he testified the following: 

“While on duty in the stables my horse kicked, and in jumping back to avoid the kick, I sincerely sprained my ankle.” 

This testimony was taken by Lieut William T Bredin, Battalion Transport Officer. 

The incident was ruled “Accidental” and no blame attached


Aug 6, 1918

Transferred to AT 26 (Ambulance Transport)


Aug 7, 1918

Admitted to No 6 General Hospital at Rouen France


Aug 11, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama



Aug 12, 1918

Transferred to No 4 Southern General Hospital at Plymouth 

Posted to EORD from 21st Battalion while recovering from accidental injury


Aug 31, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bear Wood, Wokingham


Oct 4, 1918

Discharged from Hospital and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 14, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 9, 1918

On Command to Kimmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Regina at Liverpool for Canada



Dec 13, 1918

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on proceeding to Canada


Dec 20, 1918

Disembarked at Quebec City and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


Dec 23, 1918

TOS Military District No 3 at Kingston Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until January 6, 1919


Jan 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – GPO Kingston Ontario


Feb 1, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him c/o the Court House, Kingston Ontario 



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