Carter, Bruce Wilmot: Service no. 54304

CVWM Page: Died due to war wounds.

Digitized Service Record


Bruce Wilmot Carter served in the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Forces.  He was the son of  Albert Carter of Thamesford.  Bruce married Florence W. Gibbons (1892-1967).


This soldier also participated in this occurrence at the River Canche, France.

Some Country is Soldiers Opinion of War Territory London Advertiser January 7 1916 Page 3
London Advertiser .January 7, 1916. Page 3.

Summary of Service for Private Bruce Wilmot Carter, reg. no. 54304

September 19, 1895BornBorn at Thamesford, Oxford County, Ontario, Canada.
March 24, 1915EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion at London, Ontario. He is 19-year-old railway fireman working for the Grand Trunk Railway. He is 5’8” tall and has designated his father, Albert, of Thamesford, as his next-of-kin. His parents have signed a note giving their permission for him to engage in overseas service. He has no prior military experience.
April 1, 1915Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to this mother, Mrs. A. Carter, Thamesford, Ontario.
April 10, 1915Stuck FromStruck from Base Company to “A” Company.
April 18, 1915EmbarksEmbarks for England aboard the SS Grampian.
April 29, 1915DisembarksDisembarks Avonmouth, England. Entrains for West Sandling Camp in Kent.
September 14, 1915EmbarksEmbarks for active service with the 18th Battalion at Folkestone.
September 15, 1915DisembarksDisembarks Boulogne, France for service in the Ypres Sector.
October 3, 1916WoundedThe War Diary relates that day:   “Battalion moved into reserve at SAUSAGE VALLEY. LIEUT. L.A. BISSELL taken on as reinforcement from 28.9.16. LIEUT. A.E. COCK and 3 wounded, 9 o.r.s. admitted to hospital. 66 o.r.s. arrived as reinforcements.”
October 4, 1916AdmittedAdmitted at No. 11 Stationary Hospital Rouen, France.
October 13, 1915TransferredTransferred to CCAC, Shoreham-on-Sea via the HS Maheno. There is a note his wound is “severe”.
October 14, 1916AdmittedAdmitted Military Hospital, York, England.
November 14, 1916TransferredTransferred to King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bushy Park.
March 4, 1917TOSTOS with No. 2 CCD.
March 5, 1917DischargedDischarged from above and TOS CCAC at Hastings.
March 10, 1917TransferredTransferred to WORD.
March 13, 1917TOSTOS 4th Reserve Battalion.
May 26, 1917TOSTOS 18th Battalion.
May 28, 1917ArrivesArrives No. 2 CIBD, Etaples, France.
June 6, 1917Forfeits Pay and Rejoins UnitForfeits 2-day’s pay for 1.) Breaking away from training camp; 2.) Bathing in River Canche. He is part of at least 3 other men of the 18th Battalion who where charged with the same offense.   Rejoins 18th Battalion, in the field.
August 15, 1917WoundedGSW left leg.
August 16, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 5 CFA.
August 19, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 10 CFA.
August 25, 1917Discharged to DutyDischarged to duty with unit.
July 10, 1918SentencedSentenced to 7-day’s FP No. 1 for being absent without leave for 14.5 hours. He also forfeits 2-day’s pay.
February 9, 1918Granted LeaveGranted 14-day’s leave to UK.
August 8, 1918WoundedWounded during action GSW left wrist. The 18th Battalion action per this entry in the War Diary:
“In contrast to the clear evening previous, the morning of the 8th found a heavy fog in evidence, obstructing all view of the German line and proposed objective. Zero hour had been set to 4.20 a.m. An hour previous all Coys. had taken up their assault positions. Half an hour before the commencement of our bombardment, German artillery of heavy calibre laid down a light barrage on our position, particularly heavy fire being directed on the wood to the South-West of VILLERS-BRETTENEAUX. First impression was that our attack had been anticipated, but his shelling ceased just prior to the opening up of our guns.

No preliminary bombardment was indulged in. At 4.30 sharp [our] barrage fell on the German Front line and the Battalion jumped off immediately.

The disposition of the Companies was as follows:- “C” Coy. in 2 platoon frontage was responsible for the Right Flank and contact waves with the 1st Canadian Division; “B” Company in center on a 2 platoon frontage; “A” Company with similar frontage on the left connecting up with the 19th Cdn. Battalion; “D” Company in Support.

The objective lay some 200 yards to the East of MARCELCAVE and the quarry adjoining it.   Operating under a magnificent barrage, and closely co-operating with the tanks, whose support to the infantry was one of the finest features of the day, the Battalion had [reached] the extreme limit of its objective at 7.45 a.m. Casualties where light, partly due to the fog barrier and the admirable manner in which are advance was conducted.

Lieut. Ferguson was wounded in the jumping off. Captain Michell was wounded in the first half mile of the advance along with Captain Wigle; Lieut’s Faulkner and Sheridan a short time later.

Amongst the material captured at MARCELCAVE were five 5.9 Hows., and three 2.2 mm Guns, in addition to a great deal of signal equipment and valued Surgical and Medical Stores.

The Battalion pushed on past the quarries and established a line of defence about 300 yards beyond. Throughout the [affair], considerable opposition was encountered, chief of which lay in the form of well secreted machine-gun nests. The work of Captain T.H.C. Rayward in disposing of some of this [formidable] opposition was very exemplary to all ranks.

Casualties to the extent of approximately 30 killed and 120 wounded were sustained in the advance. 56 O.R’s arrived as reinforcements. 2 O.R’s proceeded on leave.”
August 9, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to No. 9 General Hospital.
August 12, 1918TransferredTransferred to Trouville to No. 74 General Hospital.
August 15, 1918TransferredTransferred to No. 13 Convalescent Depot.
August 28, 1918DischargedDischarged to CIBD.
August 31, 1918AdmittedAdmitted to CIBD.
September 2, 1918SentencedSentenced to 7-day’s FP No. 1 for being AWL for 11-hours. Forfeits 1-day’s pay.
September 4, 1918DespatchedDespatched to CCRC.
September 10, 1918Rejoins UnitRejoins 18th Battalion, in the field.
January 17, 1919Granted LeaveGranted 14-day’s leave to the UK.
February 20, 1919Rejoins UnitArrives from leave.
April 4, 1919Proceeds to EnglandProceeds to England with 18th Battalion.
April 5, 1919TOSTOS with PWCCC at Witley, England.
April 7, 1919Dental ExamNo apparent dental issues.
April 7, 1919Medical ExamMedical exam on preparation of discharge. Notations of his wounds in 1916, 1917, and 1918.
May 13, 1919SOSSOS “P” Wing for transport to Canada.
May 14, 1919SailsSails from Liverpool to Canada aboard the SS Caronia.
May 24, 1919DischargedDischarged due to demobilization from service. He has served as an original member of the 18th Battalion and returns with the Battalion to Canada. He is discharged with other members of the Battalion at London, Ontario.
June 15, 1921MarriedMarries Florence Woolridge Gibbons at London, Ontario.
February 16, 1922DiesDies of causes relating to his military service at 9:00 AM. He is buried at Wesley Methodist Cemetery, Thamesford, Ontario. His wife in interred with him. She passed in 1967.
May 31, 1922Change of AddressChange of address to Mrs. F.W. Carter (wife), Thamesford, Ontario.
June 1922Medals, Scroll, and PlaqueDespatched to his widow and the Silver Memorial Cross to his mother.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
A ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. A1, A2, A3 and A4 were assigned to different units with the expectation that these men would be able to serve with active combat units. See this link for more information.
B ClassificationMedical Board Classification that determined your fitness for duty. B1, B2, and B3 were assigned to different service units such as railway and forestry corps. See this link for more information.
D ClassificationSee this link for more information.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reinforcement Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CDCCanadian Dispatch Camp
CFACanadian Field Ambulance/Canadian Field Artillery. Most common usage would be Canadian Field Ambulance.
DAHDisorderly Action of the Heart
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
WORDWestern Ontario Regimental Depot
Bruce Carter London Advertiser February 18 1922 Page 1
London Advertiser. February 18, 1922. Page 1.

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