West, Albert Earl “Bert”: Service no. 53521

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Source: Via 18th Battalion Facebook Group post by family member. This soldier is also related to to John Douglass, reg. no. 53448 by marriage. John was Bert West’s father-in-law.

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Died January 11, 1978 at Sunnybrook Hospital, Toronto, Ontario.

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Source: Via 18th Battalion Facebook Group post by family member. This soldier is also related to to John Douglass, reg. no. 53448 by marriage. John was Bert West’s father-in-law.

Wrist Watch Comes to Soldiers Father Parent Worrying London Advertiser March 11 1916 Page 10
London Advertiser. March 11, 1916. Page 10.

WRIST WATCH COMES TO SOLDIER’S FATHER; PARENTS WORRYING

Pte. Bert West of the 18th Battalion May Have Met With Disaster

[Special to The Advertiser]

WOODSTOCK, March 10.– The parents of Pte. Bert West, a member of the 18th Battalion, now fighting in France, are anxious as to the fate that has now befallen him. Ever since the boy has been at the front he has been sending a letter ever week to his father.

For the last three weeks no word has been received from him, but today when his father visited the postoffice he received a small box with his boy’s wristwatch in it. Not a word of explanation was inclosed. The address on the small parcel was not in the handwriting of Pte. West, and the parents are in quandary to know just what happened. They are concerned as to whether the boy has been killed, wounded, or whether he had sent the watch home for safe keeping.

Source: London Advertiser. March 11, 1916. Page 10.

Toronto Star. January 13, 1978. Page C19. Contributed by Sharon Munro.

WEST, Albert E.– At Toronto on Wednesday, January 11, 1978. Albert West, loving husband of the late Florence Douglass, and dear father of Berl, Mrs. J. Hector (Irene), Mrs. L. Banville (Marjorie), Mrs. J. Ward (Doreen), Mrs. L. Hodapp (Shirley), Mrs. D. McCullough (Theresa), brother of Sherman West of Woodstock and Mrs. Margaret Sadler (Babe). Friends may call at the Rosar-Morrison Funeral Home, 467 Shelbourne St. (near Wellesley) until 9:30 a.m. Saturday. Funeral Mass in Blessed Sacrament Church at 10 a.m. Internment Mount Hope Cemetery. Parking adjacent to the funeral home.

Toronto Star. January 13, 1978. Page C19. Contributed by Sharon Munro.

Summary of Service for Private Bert West, reg. no. 53871

DateEventRemarks
January 28, 1894BornIngersoll, Ontario, Canada
October 28, 1914EnlistsEnlists with the 18th Battalion in Woodstock, Ontario. He lists his father, John West, as his next-of-kin residing at 46 Winnet Street, Woodstock. He is a 20-year old cabinet maker standing 5’ 8.5” tall and is of the Roman Catholic faith. He indicates he has militia experience but does not list the unit. He is assigned to “B” Company.
November 10, 1914InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
November 20, 1914InoculatedAnti-Typhoid
December 17, 1914Vaccinated 
April 18, 1914Embarks for EnglandLeaves Halifax aboard the S.S. Grampian.
April 29, 1915Arrives EnglandDisembarks Avonmouth and arrives West Sandling, Kent.
May 1, 1915Assigns PayAssigns $15.00 per month to his mother, Johannah West.
September 15, 1915Embarks for FranceEmbarks for France as the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade and the rest of the 2nd Division set off for the Continent and to active service at the front.
May 23, 1916Sentenced to Field PunishmentSentences to two-days field punishment No. 1 for being “Absent from Fatigue.”
June 1, 1916Sent to 5th Canadian Field AmbulanceSuffering from “P.U.O.”, pyrexia of unknow origin. Typically flu like symptoms.
June 2, 1916Transferred to 4th Canadian Field AmbulanceTransfer probably due to capacity issues at 5th C.F.A.
June 5, 1916Discharged from 4th Canadian Field AmbulanceAfter rest is returned to unit.
November 11, 1916Attached duty to 2nd Canadian Division Engineers HeadquartersAttached to 2nd Division H.Q. for duty. No details as to reason. Probably for labour pool of this unit.
December 31, 1916Returned to 18th BattalionAfter detached service returns to 18th Battalion.
January 16, 1917LeaveGranted 10-days leave.
December 10, 1917LeaveGranted 14-days leave to the United Kingdom. Note that is was rare for a private soldier (other ranks) to be granted two leaves within a year. Some men got no leave and most that did only got one instance during the entire war.
December 27, 1917Returns from Leave 
April 24, 1918InoculatedNotes indicate “THB 1”.
April 4, 1919Embarks for EnglandEmbarks for England.
April 7, 1919Dental ExamDental exam at Military District No. 1 in England before embarking to Canada. Notes indicate 30 fillings.
April 8, 1919Medical ExamMedical exam before being discharged.
May 24, 1919DischargedDischarged at Military District No. 1, London, Ontario. Eligible for “Class A Badge”. His proposed residence is 284 Dundas Street, Woodstock, Ontario.

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