Jervis Wild



Jun 22, 1893

Born at Bolton Lancashire England


May 24, 1913

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool England



Jun 2, 1913

Disembarked at New York City, NY USA and proceeded to Collholme Alberta to work on a farm


Jan 4, 1915

Attested into the 51st Battalion at Edmonton Alberta 

Ø      Number 436047

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Margaret Wild (mother) of 14 Highfield Road, Smithhills, Bolton, Lancashire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan 

It was noted that his mother was widowed and dependent on him for support, and she received $20 per month Separation Allowance in addition to his pay assignment of $16 per month


Jun 14, 1915

Embarked the SS Eagle Point at Montreal Quebec as part of the 1st Draft of men sent by the 51st Battalion


Jun 28, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Shorncliffe Camp where the draft was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion


Aug 2, 1915

Sentenced to 8 days Field Punishment No 2 and loss of 8 days pay for being absent for 8 days.  Also forfeited 8 days pay and allowances in addition to the fine for being absent


Sep 23, 1915

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester with both ears infected


Oct 19, 1915

Discharged to duty


Feb 3, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Mrs Margaret Wild of 14 Highfield Road, Smithhills, Bolton, Lancashire England 

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


Feb 15, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Feb 17, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the N & O front line trench system, near Ridgewood


Apr 9, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a shrapnel wound to the side of his head and scalp, then transferred the same day to No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

He was wounded during the heavy fighting near the “P” trench system at St Eloi when the Germans blew up several mines creating huge craters that were fiercely fought over for control of the area.


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred via No 43 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


May 8, 1916

Transferred to No 1 Canadian Convalescent Depot at Boulogne


May 19, 1916

Discharged to duty at the Canadian Base Depot at Havre


May 24, 1916

Admitted to No 6 Stationary Hospital at Havre with the diagnosis reading NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read indigestion


Jun 3, 1916

Discharged to the Convalescent Depot


Jun 17, 1916

Left the Convalescent Depot to join unit


Jun 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was being held in reserve in the Bedford House area


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to No 49 CCS with a gun shot wound to his left leg and transferred that night via No 17 Ambulance Train 

He was wounded in the heavy fighting during the Battle of the Somme.  The 21st Battalion’s objective was a Sugar Factory which was heavily fortified.  This was the first time that the Battalion had fought in conjunction with the new tanks that had been introduced by the British.  Although the attack was successful, the Battalion suffered very heavy losses.


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Stationary Hospital


Sep 18, 1916

He died of his wounds at No 3 Stationary Hospital

St Sever Cemetery
Rouen France


Sep 19, 1916

A full pension was granted to his dependent mother


Feb 12, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to his mother at 14 Highfield Road, Smithhills, Bolton, Lancashire England 

In addition to the above, on various dates, she also received the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll, along with the Memorial Cross

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