Wilfred Harrison

Soldier’s Details:

Born: April 16, 1885
Where: Ottawa, Ontario
Died: April 28, 1915
Relation: 1st cousin 3x removed

Enlisted: Sept 24, 1914 (page 1, page 2)
Married: No
Reg. #: 14823
Regiment: 8th Battalion (90th Winn. Rifles)
Rank: Private

Note: died in England from wounds sustained at Second Battle of Ypres.

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Timeline

September 1914
24 – Enlisted with 8th Battalion (90th Winnipeg Rifles) and attested at Valcartier

October 1914
17 – Disembarked at Plymouth
18 – Encamped at West Down South (Salisbury Plain)
December 1914
16 – Battalion moved to Lark Hill South Camp

February 1915
4 – Review by H.M. The King
10 – Trains to Bristol, boarded S.S. Archimedes
13 – Disembarked at St. Nazaire, France
16 – Billeted at Stazule
21 – Billeted at Pont di Nieppe

March 1915
2 – Paraded for visit by Gen. Alderson and then occupied a section of trenches near Bas St. Maur.
3 – First casualty as Pte Monahan killed by shell. Battalion is rotated in and out of trenches most of the month.
26 – Billeted in Estaires.

April 1915
4 – Battalion moved to billets near Steenvorde.
14 – Relieved French 96th Regiment in trenches near Gravenstafel.
17 – Marched to billets west of canal.
19 – Re-entered trenches.
22 – Second Battle of Ypres begins with German’s first gas attack against French and Canadian forces positioned on the 8th’s left flank.
24 – At 4am the German’s launch a second chlorine gas attack and this time the 8th and 15th Battalions are directly in its path. German infantry followed closely behind the cloud and intense fighting took place over the next two days. Wilfred was gassed and shot in the arm. He was evacuated through various field hospitals and eventually to the Royal Victoria Hospital at Netley, near Southampton.
28 – Wilfred died of his wounds and is buried at Netley Military Cemetery.

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