William John Wyatt

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file

 

Nov 22, 1894

Born in Cardiff, Wales, British Isles

 

Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

      Number 60103 (temporary number 591)

      Next of kin given as Tom Wyatt, brother, Abergavenny, Wales

      Previous occupation given as Farmer

      Previous military experience given as the 59th Regiment, Stormont & Glengarry Highlanders of Canada

      Religion given as Presbyterian

      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The battalion carried out training in the Kingston area

The December pay sheet indicates that he was AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 2 days, but no punishment is recorded, nor are the dates that he was absent

 

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 to continue training

 

Jun 23, 1915

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Tent Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea).  The diagnosis was later changed to read Phemosis – Non Venereal

 

Jul 14, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital

 

Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

 

Sep 15, 1915

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

 

Nov 7, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Rheumatism

 

Nov 9, 1915

Transferred to the No. 6 CFA Divisional Rest Station at Locre, France

 

Nov 17, 1915

Transferred to the rest station at Mont des Chats and the diagnosis changed to read Polyarthralgia (joint pain), then changed to read Myalgia

 

Nov 27, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital

 

Nov 30, 1915

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia

 

Dec 5, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital

 

Jan 4, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA with an inflammation of the testes, and transferred to the CCS the same day.

 

Jan 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 8 British Red Cross Hospital, Paris Plage, with a diagnosis that reads Orchitis

 

Jan 8, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital

 

Jan 9, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital

 

Jan 13, 1916

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital at Lenham

 

Feb 15, 1916

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Centre) while in hospital

 

Feb 25, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Hythe

 

Feb 26, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge to recuperate

 

Feb 28, 1916

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital, Cambridge

 

Mar 16, 1916

Discharged from hospital

 

Mar 22, 1916

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG

 

Mar 29, 1916

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital, Cambridge

 

May 6, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Hythe

 

May 9, 1916

Discharged from hospital

 

May 12, 1916

On Command to the CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Folkestone for rehabilitation and recuperation

 

May 16, 1916

Attached to the CCD for light duties at Monks Horton Hospital

 

Aug 19, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling for full duty and training

 

Jan 4, 1917

Posted to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  The 6th Reserve Battalion subsequently moved to Seaford

 

Feb 27, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital, Etchinghill, with a diagnosis that reads VDG.  This is a recurrence of a previous infection

 

Mar 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty

 

May 22, 1917

Diagnosed with Flat Feet and given special boots

 

May 30, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

 

May 31, 1917

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and TOS the 21st Battalion

 

Jun 26, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois

 

Jul 19, 1917

Admitted to the No. 1 CFA with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever.  This was later changed to read VDG.  It would appear that this has become a recurring problem from the previous infection

 

Jul 23, 1917

Discharged to duty from the CFA

 

Aug 15, 1917

On August 13, 1917, the 21st Battalion moved into the front line jumping off point for the attack on Hill 70, near Lens.  During this attack, Private Wyatt received severe wounds and was removed from the battlefield.  He was taken first to the CFA for first aid then sent to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where he died of those wounds on August 15, 1917.  He was buried in the Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, south-west of Bethune, France.

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his Emma Wyatt, sister, at No. 5 Shaws Yard, Flannel St., Abergavenny, Wales

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to Thomas Wyatt, brother, at the same address.

There was no Memorial Cross issued as his mother had predeceased him and he was not married.

 

Private Wyatt is commemorated on the Morrisburg Ontario War Memorial



 


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