Eldridge, Fred: Service no. 769575

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Source: April 1918 casualty.

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A soldier would do this as they could not be sent to an active combat unit as a non-commissioned officer. They had to hold the rank of private to get transferred to a combat unit.
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PTE. FRED ELDRIDGE

Official notice was received by Mrs.Eldridge to the effect that her husband, Pte. Fred Eldridge, late of 37 Could st., had been killed in action on April 4th. He enlisted with the “Pals” Battalion, later being transferred to another unit before going overseas. Prior to enlisting Pte. Eldgridge was employed on the steamer Dalhousie City. he had four brothers, two of whom where killed in action.

Toronto Evening Telegram. April 16, 1918.

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PTE. F. ELDRIDGE KILLED

Pte. Fred Eldridge, 37 Could street, was killed in action on April 4. He enlisted with the “Pals” Battalion but transferred to another unit before going overseas. He was previously employed on the steamer Dalhousie City. Two brothers are now overseas and two more have been killed in action. Pte. Eldridge is married and his wive lives at the above address.

Toronto Star. April 18, 1918.

Summary of Service for Private Fred Eldridge, reg. no. 769575

DateEventRemarks
April 13, 1889BornBorn Oxfordshire, England.
Prior to March 20, 1915EmigratedEmigrated to Canada. Record of New York Passengers disembarking at Ellis Island on this date shows this man arriving at New York, New York. He lists his residence as Ontario, Canada. Therefore, he emigrated before this date. The ship was the SS St. Paul.
January 3, 1916EnlistedEnlisted with the 124th Overseas Battalion at Toronto, Ontario. He was 26-years-old and stood 6’1”. He was a sailor and listed his father, George Eldridge, residing at 265 Niagara Street, as his next-of-kin. He had no prior military experience and practiced the Methodist faith.
February 2, 1916“Promoted”Appointed to rank of Lance-Corporal per DO 8-2-16.
August 7, 1916Reverts RankReverts rank to that of Private re. DO 160 on his own request.
May 16, 1916MarriesMarries Emily Mildred Annie Mayo at Toronto, Ontario. She was a 32-year-old spinster and practiced the Anglican faith. Private Eldridge indicates the same faith on the marriage certificate.   A next-of-kin notification indicates she lives at 37 Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario.
July 31, 1916Submits WillSubmits will leaving real and personal estate to his wife.
August 1, 1916Assigns PayAssigns pay of $20.00 per month to his wife.
August 7, 1916SailsSails for England from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the SS Cameronia.
August 18, 1916ArrivesArrives in England.
August 18, 1916AppointedAppointed Lance-Corporal.
October 10, 1916RevertsReverts to rank of Private on his own request.
October 10, 1916TransferredTransferred from 124th Battalion to 18th Battalion.
October 11, 1916TOSTOS with the 18th Battalion “in the field.” Arrives at the Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
November 5, 1916ArrivesArrives at 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion.
November 15, 1916AttachedAttached to No. 4 Field Company, Canadian Engineers.
November 26, 1916Ceased to Be AttachedReturns to 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion
February 21, 1917Joins UnitJoins unit. The Battalion is in the Thelus sector on this date in the front line. The War Diary notes on February 22, 1917, that 70 other ranks arrived from the 2nd Entrenching Battalion as reinforcements.
May 3, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for hematuria and diarrhea.
May 4, 1917AdmittedAdmitted No. 30 General Hospital, Calais, France for a medical condition not yet determined.
May 8, 1917Admitted and TransportedAdmitted aboard the HS Antwerpen and transported from France to England.
May 9, 1917AdmittedAdmitted Military Hospital Eastleigh, England for hematuria.
May 18, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Bermondsey Military Hospital, Ladywell Road, London, England.
July 13, 1917TransferredTransferred to the Canadian Convalescent Depot, Bromley, England.
July 14, 1917TransferredTransferred to the Canadian Convalescent Depot, Epsom, England.
August 13, 1917DischargedDischarged to above.
August 13, 1917On CommandOn Command with the 2nd Canadian Convalescent Depot.
November 29, 1917PostedPosted to 18th Battalion.
April 4, 1918Killed in Action“Killed in Action” in attack north of Arras. The 18th Battalion is near Neuville Vitasse.   The War Diary on this date relates:   “During night of 3/4th A coy frontage (Right Support) was heavily shelled and barraged from 1 am to 9.30 am, a considerable number of gas shells being [used] in this shelling. Our artillery retaliated with a barrage of heavies on enemy front and support lines. A patrol penetrated enemy front line and reported trenches unoccupied with the exception of one M.G. LIEUT. R.E. LAWRANCE and 7 ors were wounded during enemy shelling. 2 ors. killed in action.”   He has no known grave.   A news clipping indicates he served aboard the steamer Dalhousie City and he had four brothers, two who had been killed in action, and two that were serving overseas.
 CommemoratedPrivate Eldridge is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial, along with 200 other members of the 18th Battalion.
July 12, 1920Medals, Plaque and ScrollMedals, plaque, and scroll issued to Mrs. E.M.A Eldridge of 37, Gould Street, Toronto, Ontario.
July 12, 1920, est.Memorial (Silver) Cross IssuedMedal issued to Mrs. Mary Eldridge, Fulbrook, Nr. Burford, Oxon, England.
July 24, 1921War Service GratuityWar Service Gratuity issued to Mrs. E.M.A. Eldridge, 525 Greenwood Avenue, Toronto, Ontario in the amount of $100.00.

Acronyms

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 Reserve 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
“Killed in Action”

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