Laver, Bruce: Service no. 190067

Digitized Service Record

Source: Per personal message from Allan Miller at Facebook.


This man enlisted with the CEF on March 13, 1916, at St. Thomas, Ontario under reg. no 190067. He was unmarried and was involved with farming. His next-of-kin was his mother, Ruth, living at 47 Wood Street, Hillfoot, England. Originally with the 91st Battalion he was transferred to the 142nd Battalion.

He arrived in England on November 11, 1916, and was attached to the 18th Battalion on April 13, 1917, after service at Dibgate, West Sandling, and Bramshott. He arrived for active service on May 2, 1917, and served with the Battalion until accidentally wounded on the 28th by a bayonet. This wounding was deemed accidental.

He was granted 14-day’s leave to England on December 24, 1917, and was arrested in England on February 2, 1918, for being absent without leave. He was convicted of this offence and was given the loss of 39-day’s pay.

He was also sentenced to 2-year’s Hard Labour, but this was suspended under the “Suspension of Sentences Act” by the General Officer Commanding the 3rd (British) Army.

He returned to service and was wounded on May 9, 1918.

He has several other offences on his service record and somehow was appointed as Lance-Corporal on February 24, 1919.

He was discharged with the 18th Battalion as it was deactivated on its return to London, Ontario on May 24, 1919. He intended to reside in St. Thomas, Ontario and would later move to London, Ontario.

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