Milford William Woodbeck

Sep 13, 1896

Born in Chandos, Township, Ontario to Harley Hollister and Linda Jane (Cameron) Woodbeck


Dec 22, 1915

Attested into the 93rd Battalion CEF in Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Number 195525

Ø  Next of kin given as Harley Woodbeck, father, Lasswade, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

Initial training was done in Peterborough, Ontario


May 29, 1916

The battalion boarded a train and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario to continue training at the Barriefield Camp


Jul 15, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 138 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Woodbeck joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France as part of a draft of 62 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

After leaving the entrenching battalion he joined the 21st Battalion in the front lines south-east of Bully-les-Mines, France


Apr 9, 1917

During the capture of Vimy Ridge, Private Woodbeck received a shrapnel wound to his abdomen and was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux for further treatment


Apr 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Henriette


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Southern General Hospital in Bristol

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 24, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel from his abdomen


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the Bearwood Park Convalescent Hospital in Wokingham


Jun 9, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) and admitted to the St. Leonards Hospital for PT (Physical Training) and light duties


Jul 31, 1917

Private Woodbeck collapsed while on Sentry Duty and was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne.  Pleurisy was diagnosed and a large amount of fluid was removed from his lungs


Sep 30, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital in Kirkdale


Oct 17, 1917

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya



Oct 26, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and transported by train to Montreal, Quebec


Oct 28, 1917

On arrival in Montreal Private Woodbeck was admitted to the Montreal General Hospital.

Hospital records indicate he was unconscious on admission, suffering from Generalized Tuberculosis and Tubercular Meningitis


Oct 29, 1917 Private Milford William Woodbeck died in hospital without ever regaining consciousness.

His body was transported to Lasswade, Ontario where he was buried in the Christian Cemetery there.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. H.H. Woodbeck, Lasswade, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Linda Woodbeck, at the same address




Milford William Woodbeck is honoured on the war memorials in both
Apsley, Ontario (above) and Peterborough, Ontario (below)




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