Bryant, Sydney Wetherell: Service no. 320

Digitized Service Records

Source: Veterans of Southwestern Ontario Blog

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Two articles have been written in regards to this soldiers service with the 18th Battalion. Friends with Sergeant A.H. Jackson, also of the 18th:

The Bryant/Drouillard Wedding Mystery and The Bryant/Drouillard Wedding Mystery Solved

Joined the Battalion then was married and then deserted the C.E.F.

Records indicate that his wife, Marie Madeleine Elise Drouillard, divorced him and remarried in Detroit, Michigan to Charles Herbert Strum on June 30, 1919. She lived until April 8, 1975, and is buried at Riverside, Windsor, Essex, Ontario, Canada, at the age of 80.

Bryant Wedding
Photo showing Private Bryant and Miss Elizabeth Drouillard with the Reverend Carlisle presiding. The London Advertiser, November 12, 1914. The witnesses are A.H. Jackson who may be Sergeant Allen Harold Jackson, reg. no. 53349 of Detroit, Michigan and Miss Cora Reed of London, Ontario.
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Source: Operation Picture Me via The 18th Battalion Facebook Group. London Free Press Circa 1914.

“About 1000 people went to the barracks this morning to see a military wedding, in which the 1,100 soldiers of the Eighteenth Battalion participated, when Re. Arthur Carlisle, chaplain of the battalion, in his fall Episcopal robes, married Miss Elizabeth Drouillard and Private Sydney Wetherell Bryant, of “D” Company.


Lieut.-Col. E.S. Wigle and his full provisional staff of officers of the first militia division headquarters, were present at the ceremony. The soldiers were drawn up in an open square on the parade ground just outside the fence around the barrack’s building. This arrangement was largely due to the fact that a moving picture man from Detroit had to have the sun at his back to get a good picture of the affair(I wonder if the film is still around or destroyed?).
(continuing further along)


The boys of “D” and “C” Companies all of Windsor, under the command of Captain A.B. Lang, left nothing undone to see that Private Sidney Wetherell Randall did not forget the day of his wedding. Hardley had he reached the fence, through which he made his exit with his bride to reach the officers’ mess, when a detail of men showered them with rice.


The boys also turned over to Captain Laing the sum of $47.42, which was given to the bride as the donation of the fellow soldiers of Private Bryant. Another gift from the battalion contained a check, but the amount of it was not given out.


As quartermaster of the battalion Captain Parkinson took a long blank form over to the bridegroom after the ceremony, and he was compelled to sign his name beneath a line, which read:

                                                              “Issued, One Bride”

http://swveterans.blogspot.com/2010/02/18th-battalion-wedding.html

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Private Bryant's friend, Sergeant Allen Harold Jackson, lived in Detroit, Michigan as this War Service Gratuity record clearly demonstrates.
Private Bryant’s friend, Sergeant Allen Harold Jackson, lived in Detroit, Michigan as this War Service Gratuity record clearly demonstrates.
Marriage Certificate/Affidavit. Private Bryant and Mrs Bryant. Courtesy of of Dawn Heuston.
Marriage Certificate/Affidavit. Private Bryant and Mrs Bryant. Courtesy of of Dawn Heuston.
United States Draft Registration Card. Courtesy of Dawn Hueston.
United States Draft Registration Card. Courtesy of Dawn Hueston.
Picture of the Levine Waste Paper Company of Detroit Michigan. Source: eBay
Picture of the Levine Waste Paper Company of Detroit Michigan. Source: eBay
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