Braddock, Sylvester: Service no. 53065


Digitized Service Record

Source: Duty Nobly Done Honour Roll


Note that this soldier died of gastritis/ulcer and and died at No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke, England.

Woodstock 18th Man Has Gunshot Wound London Advertiser January 19 1916 Page 4
London Advertiser. January 19, 1916. Page 4.
Died of Wounds Braddock Sentinel Review june 10 1918 Page 1
Sentinel – Review. June 10 1918. Page 1. (Woodstock, Ontario).


Word have been received by Timothy Braddock, 43 Reeve street, of the death from wounds on June seventh, of his son, Pte. Sylvester Braddock.

Pte. Braddock who was twenty-six years of age, went overseas three years ago last April with the 18th Battalion, and had een wounded once, in January, 1916 at the battle of St. Eloi. Previously to enlisting he worked as a machine tool-maker in New York City. While in this city he was employed at the Oxford Knitting factory.

He is survived by his mother and father, one sister, Mrs. Denny, of this city, and two brothers, Jimmie of Lethbridge, and Edward of Toronto.

The father is a returned soldier, having gone over with the third contingent. While in England he did escort duty. Last March he received his discharge. Jimmie, who is a former member of the mechanical staff of the Sentinel – Review, recently made application or the Flying Corps.

Source: Sentinel – Review. June 10 1918. Page 1. (Woodstock, Ontario).

Source: CVWM

Pte. Sylvester Braddock, who went overseas three years ago, having enlisted in Woodstock, is reporteed to have died on a French hospital. His parents live in Woodstock, Ont.

Toronto Evening Telegram. June 11, 1918.

Summary of Service[i] for Private Sylvester Braddock, reg. no. 53065

December 16, 1891BornAt Bradford, Manchester, England to Mr. Timothy and Mrs. Mary Braddock.
September 1911Emigrated to CanadaEmigrated to Canada and residing at Woodstock, Ontario, Canada. Arrived S.S. Megantic, Quebec, Quebec.
October 28, 1914EnlistsThis is an early enlistment. Enlisting at Woodstock, Ontario, Private Braddock was a machinist standing 5’6” tall with a fair complexion, blue-grey eyes, and light-brown hair. He was of the Roman Catholic faith and was 22-years and 10-months old at the time of his enlistment. He named his father, Timothy Braddock as his next-of-kin.



He is assigned to “B” Company.

November/DecemberVaccinated and Inoculated 
April 1915Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. M. Braddock of 182 Main Street, and later, 43 Reeve Street, Woodstock, Ontario.
April 7, 1915Absent Without Leave[ii]AWL at London, Ontario. Forfeits one-days pay ($1.00).
April 18, 1915EmbarksEmbarks the S.S. Grampian at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
April 29, 1915ArrivesArrives Avonmouth, England for service and training at West-Sandling.
May 7, 1915Absent Without LeaveAWL at Shorncliffe. Forfeits one-days pay ($1.00).
July 26, 1915Absent Without LeaveAWL at West-Sandling. Forfeits one-days pay ($1.00).
September 1, 1915Absent Without LeaveAWL at West-Sandling. Forfeits one-days pay ($1.00).
September 15, 1915EmbarksEmbarks for France and service on the Continent.
January 8, 1916WoundedWounded with a gunshot wound (GSW) to right buttock transported to 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. The 18th Battalion War Diary makes not notation of anyone wounded that date. It simply says 2 men of other ranks are admitted to hospital.
January 9, 1916Admitted and TransferredAdmitted to No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station and transferred to No. 22 Hospital Train.
January 10, 1916AdmittedAdmitted St. Johns Ambulance Brigade Hospital, Etaples, France.
January 14, 1916ReportedReported seriously wounded.
January 22, 1916ReportedReported no longer seriously ill.
January 30, 1916TransferredTransferred to England.
January 31, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Quex Park Military Hospital, Birchington, Kent, England for GSW buttock.
February 3, 1916Taken On StrengthTOS with CCAC.
April 25, 1916Medical NotesApril 25, 1916 : “Wound healed but still small sinus of about 2” [with] discharge. No foreign body or dead bone to be felt.”



May 12. 1916: “temperature up: more discharge from sinus [illegible] is quite free: no dead bone to be felt.”


May 14, 1916: “much thin sanguineous discharge.


June 9, 1916: “wound not quite healed.”


June 17, 1916: “complains of some pain inside of wound.”


June 22, 1916: “dressing left off.”

June 27, 1916Discharged and AdmittedDischarged from Quex Park Military Hospital and admitted to Military Hospital, Shorncliffe.
June 29, 1916Discharged and AdmittedDischarged from Military Hospital, Shorncliffe and admitted to Hill House Military Hospitalv, Minster, Isle of Thanet.
July 14, 1916Discharged and AdmittedDischarged from Hill House Military Hospital, Minster, Isle of Thanet and admitted Military Hospital, Shorncliffe.
July 17, 1916DischargedDischarged from Military Hospital, Shorncliffe and assigned to CCAC.
July 18, 1916Medical BoardBoarded at Shorncliffe with notation that he his healed but “some slight disability – poor physique,” and that he is fit for permanent base duty. Attached to Permanent Base Duty at West Sandling.
July 19, 1916Taken on StrengthTOS with 39th Reserve Battalion, Folkestone.
July 21, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe. Beld11, Ward 3.
July 22, 1916X-ray Report“Large area of rarefaction, ilium, right. Multiple shrapnel in boned at edges of area.”
July 25, 1916OperatedRemoved 2 foreign objects.
December 21, 1916DischargedDischarged from above.
January 19, 1917Medical BoardNotation shows the Private Braddock is “complaining” of pain at site of injury with some stiffness of leg while walking.
January 4, 1917Taken on StrengthTOS with the 6th Reserve Battalion, Hastings.
February 19, 1917Taken on StrengthTOS with the Canadian Forestry Corps, London.
March 3, 1917Struck off StrengthSOS from 6th Reserve Battalion to Canadian Forestry Corps, France.
March 4, 1917Taken on StrengthTOS with the 25th Company, Canadian Forestry Corp.
November 16, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 6 Hospital, Le Treport, France.
November 21, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 2 Canadian General Hospital re. old wound.
November 23, 1917ArrivedArrived from 2nd General Hospital to Canadian Corp Base Depot.
December 5, 1917Left for Unit 
December 6, 1917Rejoined Unit. 
March 15, 1918Granted LeaveGranted 14-days leave to United Kingdom.
June 5, 1918AdmittedTransferred via the HMHS Essequibo from France to England. Admitted to No. 4 Canadian General Hospital, Basingstoke for gastric ulcer and haemorrhage. Notes say he suffered from indigestion since wounded and has had several attacks of vomiting.
1918Vernon’s Guide, WoodstockVernon’s lists a James Braddock, a printer at the local newspaper, The Sentinel-Review and his father, Timothy[iii], a soldier, both living at 176 Main Street, Woodstock, Ontario.
June 7, 1918DiesDies of ulcer at 11:10 AM.[iv]
On or about June 8, 1918BuriedBuried at plot E.R.C. 2204, South View Cemetery, Basingstoke, Basingstoke and Deane Borough, Hampshire, England.





There are 3 Canadian soldiers buried at this cemetery and he is one of 16 military members at this location.

February 2, 1921DispatchedMedallion and scroll to Mr. Timothy Braddock, 176 Mains Street, Woodstock, Ontario. Memorial Cross to Mrs. Mary Braddock. Eligible for 14/15 Star, Victory Medal, and British War Medal.

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

[ii] This soldier was absent without leave a total of 5-days from January to April 1915 and was docked pay to that effect.

[iii] His father enlisted under reg. no. 602106 and his service record shows he was sent to England. It appears that there was some interaction with the military authorities and he was listed as a “deserter” and a “special case” in his service file. He was determined to be “overage” and returned to Canada on October 12, 1916. He was transferred to the Special Service Company, London, Ontario on November 14, 1916. He was discharged on March 13, 1918 at the age of 47.

[iv] This soldier’s service record records in some detail the circumstances of his death and readers are advised that they may find the record distressing.

Source: CVWM
Cemetery – Sylvester is buried with three of his Canadian comrades in Basingstoke, England. His grave is third from the left in this picture. Source: CVWM

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