Van Buren Whetsel





Dec 27, 1898

Born at Montreal Quebec


Aug 27, 1917

Attested into the PPCLI Depot at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 2595852

Ø      Current address given as 1219 Pleasant St., Des Moines Iowa, USA

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Whetsel (mother) of 215 Coolspring St., Uniontown Pennsylvania, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Moulder

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Sep 16, 1917

Will made out at the PPCLI Camp Borden Depot in Ontario, leaving entire estate to Mrs Elizabeth Whetsel


Nov 24, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Dec 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 8, 1917

TOS the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 15, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 8, 1918

Admitted to King George Hospital with Tonsillitis.  Diagnosis later changed to Influenza


Mar 20, 1918

Discharged to duty


May 10, 1918

Posted to PPCLI and proceeded to France


May 11, 1918

Arrived at 3rd CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS (Taken On Strength) PPCLI


May 23, 1918

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) then left to join the PPCLI in the Field


Jun 5, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1918

TOS 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The following is from the 21st Battalion War Diary:

 A draft of twenty Other Ranks arrived from the 3rd Divisional Wing, CCRC.  These Other Ranks had been despatched from England as reinforcements for Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.” 


Oct 11, 1918

Wounded by shrapnel to both legs and admitted to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 12, 1918

Lower portion of right leg amputated


Oct 16, 1918

Transferred to No 11 Stationary Hospital at Rouen 

While here he suffered a nervous breakdown


Nov 8, 1918

Transferred to University War Hospital at Southampton


Nov 21, 1918

Additional surgery to clear bone fragments


Feb 21, 1919

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Feb 22, 1919

Additional surgery to remove additional section of leg to repair stump and remove dead bone


Mar 26, 1919

Additional surgery to remove dead bone pieces


May 12, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian Hospital at Kirkdale


May 15, 1919

Peg leg received and reported to be comfortable


May 20, 1919

Additional surgery performed to remove more of right leg.


Jun 30, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya and posted to the Hospital Section of the Dominion Orthopedic Hospital, Toronto Ontario Canada



Jul 11, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine


Jul 12, 1919

Admitted to DOH (Dominion Orthopedic Hospital) at Toronto Ontario


Jul 13, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until July 27, 1919


Oct 23, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until November 6, 1919


Nov 8, 1919

Artificial leg received 

Several reports follow that report adjusting and fitting of new artificial leg, but a second leg had to be ordered


Dec 20, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 3, 1920


Jan 4, 1920

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jan 13, 1920

Returned from being AWL and was “admonished” and forfeited 9 day’s pay


Mar 13, 1920

New artificial leg received and fit is much better and reported to be comfortable


Mar 17, 1920

Medical Board at DOH (Dominion Orthopedic Hospital) at Toronto notes: 

Ø      Suffered shrapnel wounds to both legs

Ø      Right leg amputated at thigh

Ø      Weakness in left leg

Ø      Uses an artificial leg and claims it is fairly comfortable

Ø      Will require surgery in future

Ø      Recommend discharge as Medically Unfit


Mar 23, 1920

Transferred to the Casualty Company of the DOH


Mar 26, 1920

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario as Medically Unfit 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” number 224587 issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 2000 Tenth St., Des Moines Iowa, USA

Ø      Entitled to 153 days War Service Gratuity



British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 223 Smith St., Winnipeg Manitoba.  The date is not shown in the file


Jul 31, 1968

Deceased at Uledi Pennsylvania, USA 


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