Ernest Weller

Feb 28, 1888

Born in Swanley, Kent, England to Augustus and Sarah Weller


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 60040 (temporary number 239)

Ø  Next of kin given as Augustus Weller, father, Swanley, Kent, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Axe Man

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Mar 6, 1916

While the battalion was occupying the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium on the Ypres Salient, the enemy opened up with an artillery barrage.  When it subsided, Private Weller was discovered to be suffering from Shell Shock and was evacuated to the No.  5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.


Mar 9, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance and admitted to the Divisional Rest Station there


Mar 17, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and the diagnosis was changed to read Cerebral Hemorrhage


Mar 26, 1916

Private Ernest Weller died of a Cerebral Hemorrhage at the No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in the nearby Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, Bailleul, France


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Augustus Weller, 3 Montague Villas, Swanley Junction, Kent, England

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Sarah Weller at the same address


Ernest Weller is honoured on the War Memorial in Frankford, Ontario



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