Puterbaugh, Alfred Frederick: Service no. 53378


Digitized Service Record

Source: July 1917 Casualty.


Source: CVWM


Pte. Alfred Puterbaugh, of 36 Geary avenue, was wounded by a gunshot in the head December 24 last, and after several moths of suffering died July 30 in the Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington, England. He was 26 years of age and was employed for a while with J.B. Smith and Sons, lumber merchants, where his father is employed.

Toronto Star. August 7, 1917.

Source: Folkestone Herald. May 22, 1915. Page 8. Courtesy of Folkestone Baseball Chronicle Facebook Group (Andrew Taylor).
Source: Toronto Telegram. August 1917. Per news clipping post by David Archer at 18th Battalion Facebook Page (not group).

Summary of Service[i] for Private Alfred Puterbaugh, reg. no. 53378

Notes: This soldier does not appear to have assigned any of his pay to a family member or other. This is unusual and may simply reflect that those records did not make it into his service record docket.

May 1, 1889BornBorn at Toronto, Ontario to Alf Puterbaugh.
November 3, 1914EnlistedEnlisted at London, Ontario with the 18th Battalion. He was a machine had standing 5’7” and had a red complexion, blue eyes, and brown hair. He had no prior military experience and was 25-years and 5-months old. He was Presbyterian. His next-of-kin was Alfred Puterbaugh, father, care of J.B. Smith Lumber Company, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
November 10, 1914InoculatedTyphoid.
November 20, 1914InoculatedTyphoid.
December 17, 1914Vaccinated 
March 25, 1915Pay MutchPay of 6-days withheld. Reason unknown. Reference DO 137-25-3-15.
April 18, 1915Unit SailedThe 18th Battalion sails for England from Halifax, Nova Scotia aboard the S.S. Grampian.
April 29, 1915Unit ArrivesUnit arrives at Avonmouth, takes train to Shorncliffe and is stationed at West Sandling Camp.
September 14, 1915Embarks OverseasThe 18th Battalion is transferred to action with the 2nd Canadian Division to Belgium. He is a member of “B” Company.
October 18, 1915Appointed CookAppointed cook in the field. As Pte. J. Douglass, reg. no. 53448 returned to duty. Working pay of $0.50 per day instituted.
October 31, 1915Returned to DutyReturned to duty and ceases to draw working pay.
December 7, 1915Wounded, Accidental. AdmittedAdmitted No. 6 British Red Cross Hospital, Etaples, France. Wounded light to leg, accidental. The War Diary states, “LA CLYTTE – Companies practice Smoke Helmet drill. “B”-“D” Coy paid.” The cause of the wounds are not recorded and there is no inquiry on record for the incident. Soldiers accidentally injured usually had an inquiry done by a board of 3 offices to determine cause and assign blame. If the wounding was through negligence the soldier could be charged. It appears that the wounding was of no direct cause of negligence as Private Puterbaugh’s service record shows no action against him.
December 10, 1915Transported to EnglandTransported by H.S. Stad Antwerpen.
December 10, 1915AdmittedAdmitted to Military Hospital, Shornecliffe.
December 13, 1915TransferredTransferred to 36th Battalion.
December 31, 1915DischargedDischarged to light duty at Shornecliffe.
February 22, 1916Field Punishment No. 2Awarded 5-days FP No. 2 for drunkenness by Officer Commanding, 36th Battalion.
March 1, 1916BoardedMedical Board convened for assessment of G.S.W. left thigh and chronic tonsilitis. Recommended further treatment at West-Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital.
March 24, 1916AdmittedMoore Barracks Hospital, Shornecliffe, Kent, England.
March 23, to March 30, 1916AdmittedTo West Cliff. Condition listed as quinsy.
March 31 to April 22, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital. Tonsils removed.
April 1, 1916AdmittedWest-Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital.
April 22, 1916DischargedDischarged from hospital and treatment at Folkestone, Kent, England.
April 28, 1916Bacteriological ReportNegative test for diphtheria.
April 25, 1916Taken on StrengthTOS with the 39th Battalion.
June 8, 1916AdmittedAdmitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley.
June 19, 1916DischargedDischarged to 39th Battalion.
July 6, 1916Pay RestrictedPay restricted to $0.20 per day. Reason unknown. Privates earned $1.10 per day when on active duty.
September 24, 1916Stuck on StrengthSOS to the 18th Battalion.
September 28, 1916Taken on StrengthTOS in the field. Arrives at Canadian Base Depot, Etaples, France.
October 8, 1916Proceeds to UnitProceeds to 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion.
October 16, 1916Joins UnitJoins 18th Battalion.
December 24, 1916Wounded and AdmittedWounded. Admitted 6 Casualty Clearing Station. Dangerously Wounded per Officer Commanding. The Battalion was stationed a Calonne II in France and the War Diary notes, “Position as yesterday. 2 o.r. reported wounded. Patrols covered Battalion frontage and reported all quiet.”
December 27, 1916UpdateSlight improvement.
January 3, 1917UpdateSlight improvement.
January 5, 1917AdmittedGeneral Hospital, Camiers, France. Seriously ill.
January 7, 1917General Hospital, CamiersStill seriously ill.
January 19, 1917General Hospital, CamiersImproved.
January 22, 1917AdmittedUniversity College Hospital, London, England. Gunshot Wound, head.
February 3, 1917Operation 
March 15, 1917Taken of StrengthTOS from Canadian Convalescent Assembly Corp to Western Ontario Regimental Depot at Bramshott.
June 6, 1916AdmittedCanadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley, for tonsillitis and sciatica.
June 8, 1917OperationWound was discharging. Removed a foreign object.
July 5, 1917AdmittedCanadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley.
July 7, 1917AdmittedOrpington.
July 16, to 31, 1917Chart of temperature, pulse, and respirationOperated on on July 24, 1917, at 5:00 PM. Temperature erratic and running a fever of up to 102 degrees.
July 23, 1917Ontario Military HospitalPrivate Puterbaugh is in Ward 2, bed 36.
July 24, 1917Report of X-Ray Examination“Fracture of the skull extending from the median line 2.5” to the right and from the apex forward 2”. Small portions excised at the median and lateral borders of the fracture.
July 24, 1917UpdatedDangerously ill.
July 30, 1917Died of WoundsDied of wounds related to GSW to head.
June 9, 1917Made Out WillWill leave $100 to his Aunt, Mrs. P. Gillie of 2418 Dundas Street, West, Toronto and the same amount to his sister Miss Dorothy Puterbaugh, No. 5 Gladstone Place, Toronto. The remainder is designated to his other sister, Agnes of 53 Howland, Toronto.
June 10, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bromley.
June, to 31, 1917Chart of temperature, pulse, and respirationOperated on July 24, 1917, at 5:00 PM. Temperature erratic and running a fever of up to 102 degrees.
June 23, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to Ontario Military Hospital, Orpinton.
June 25, 1917Classified as Dangerously IllThere may have been a telegram generated to next of kin about his condition. Medical records indicate a broad infection.
June 30, 1917Died of WoundsPatient notes: “Patient had two convulsions. Operation: Old wound in head opened. Duro thickened but no pus found. Developed a meningitis – staphylococci found. Patient died 30-7-17 following G.S.W. in head. A. Cerebral abscess. Iii Pulmonary oedema. Private Puterbaugh died at 1:00 AM.
 BuriedBuried at Orpington All Saints Churchyard Extension. He was later joined by Private G.M. Clark, reg. no. 651472 who died of wounds on September 20, 1918. They lie with 84 other Canadians who are buried there. His inscription reads: A LOVING SON, TRUE AND KIND A BEAUTIFUL MEMORY LEFT BEHIND FATHER
Spring 1921Medals and DecorationMedals and Decorations directed to Miss Agnes Puterbaugh, 53 Howland Road, Toronto, Ontario.
May 26, 1921Memorial ScrollScroll sent to Mr. Alfred Puterbaugh, 36 Geary Street, Toronto, Ontario. Scroll requisition no. 244883.
December 31, 1921Memorial PlaquePlaque sent to Mr. Alfred Puterbaugh, 36 Geary Street, Toronto, Ontario. Plaque requisition no. P23123.
No DateMemorial CrossNil. Only issued to a surviving mother or wife.
No DateEligible for…14-15 Start, Victory 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.


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