Source: “Duty Nobly Done” page 295.
This soldier enlisted on July 16, 1917, at Woodstock, Ontario. He was a 22-year old farm labourer and listed the daughter of his landlady, Miss Birdie Eleston, of Beachville, Ontario, as his next-of-kin. He also designated her as his heir and further assigned $20.00 of his pay per month to her.
He left St. John New Brunswick on December 18, 1917, aboard the HMT Missanabie and arrived in Glasgow, Scotland on New Year’s Eve. That day he was transferred to the 4th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Bramshott, England where he served until May 10, 1918, when he was assigned to the 18th Battalion.
Proceeding to the Continent, he arrived at the Canadian Infantry Base Depot at Etaples, France on May 11, 1918, and then proceeded to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on May 22, 1918. He arrived in the field with the 18th Battalion on June 5, 1918.
He served the Battalion without blemish until his death by an ariel bomb on October 1, 1918.
PTE. FRED POUNDS KILLED IN ACTION.
Well Know Beachville Boy Made Supreme Sacrifice on October 1st.
Word reached Beachville on Friday that another Beachville boy had made the supreme sacrifice, Pte. Fred Pounds, who was killed in France on October 1st. Pte. Pounds was about twenty-four years old and a young man of splendid principles.. His life for a year or two previous to enlistment had been spent at Beachville Prior to that he had lived at Eastwood. The word of his death was received by Mrs. Elstone, with whom he had boarded at the time of his enlistment.
Daily Sentinel-Review. October 23, 1918. Page 1.