Warrant Officer Walter Sirrett M.I.D.

Warrant Officer Walter Sirrett served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number is 1747
He was Mentioned-in-despatches in 1916
Born on June 4th, 1883 in Bicester Oxon, England
Trade : Auto Engineer         Religion : Church of England
Height : 5′ 6″                         Eyes : blue
Hair : fair                               Weight : 160 lbs.

March 31st, 1901 United Kingdom census : He was a motor and cycle mechanic and was lodging at the Catholic Church in Brigewater, Somerset.

1903 (July – August – September) : Married Eva Mary E Pinkard Woodstock Oxfordshire

January 13th, 1915 : Enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. The doctor who passed his medical exam noticed a hammer toe on his right foot but 17 years of experience as an auto engineer made him a valuable man. He probably tried to enlist in the Eaton machine gun brigade.

March 20th : Last parade in Toronto. April 15th : Left the camp (Exhibition Camp) to entrained. Arrived in Montreal on the 16th at 8:25. Left for  Halifax, arrived in on the 17th at 19:45. Sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland on the 18th at 18:00. Arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th at 6:00. They arrived in Westenhanger at 17:00. They walked 1 ½ mile to Sandling Camp, Shorncliffe, they arrived at 16:00. May 24th : Arrived at Otterpoll at 13:00 and they began mounting their new camp. They stayed at this place until September 15th.

June 28th : Promoted acting sergeant and appointed instructor of driving at the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance. There was 11 drivers and 7 vehicles per Field Ambulance. The drivers were provided by Divisional Mechanical Transport Company

September 2nd : Inspected by the King

September 5th : Excerpt from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A. – He reported at 2:30 pm to Commanding Officer C.A.S.C. Mechanical Workshop Ambulances 2nd C.E.F. St Martin Plains for the purpose of being tested and classified as driver for motor ambulances. September 6th : Confirmed in the rank of sergeant and attached to ASC transport

September 7th : Promoted sergeant with effect from July 1st.

September 8th : Excerpt from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A. : Transport section paraded in West Sandling Camp at report to the Armourers officer at 2 pm to have rifles converted

September 15th : Early that night the unit entrained at Westenhanger, first train left at 3:00. The second left at 4:30. Trains arrived in South Hampton at 8:15 and 10:00. Most members of the 5th C.F.A. embarked on the SS Indian and it sailed to France at 18:00 (7 officers and 64 N.C.O. embarked on SS Viper). September 16th : Arrived in Havre, France at 5:00, disembarked at 7:00, they walked to Camp 5. They left Camp 5 at 3:30, entrained at 8:20 on the 17th. Arrived in Saint-Omer on the 18th at 2:00. Arrived in Wizernes on the 19th and heard artillery shots for the first time. Arrived in Danoutre, Belgium on the 21st to replace the 84th Territorial Forces Ambulance. Received their first casualties on the 24th.

March 5th, 1916 : Note from the War diary of the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance “Commanding officer recommend no 1747 Sergt Walter Sirett and no 1688 Pte William Ewart Morgan for devotion to duty”  According to the war diary they were the first of their unit to receive a decoration or citation

April 30th : Mention in Despatches by general Douglas Haig, commander in chief of the British Forces for Gallant and distinguished conduct in the field on (London Gazette 29623 June 15th, 1916)

June 14th : Excerpt from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A – Transferred to the 2nd Division Supply Column C.A.S.C. and attach to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance to complete personnel of Mechanical Transport Section. He was commanding 13 men.

November 6th : Put in charge of the administration of the mechanized transport of the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance

November 25th : 10 days permission. Returned to the unit on December 7th.

January 16th, 1917 : He had been selected for return to Canada according the letter B/4359 dated 20th February ,1916.
January 17th : Proceeded for discharge. Discharged cancelled on March 26th.

January 18th : Excerpt from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A – No 1747 Sergt W Sirett and no 1751 Pte R J Shepherd on proceeding to headquarters 2nd Cdn Div Train 17+17 ceased to be attached to his unit
February 4th : No 1747 Segt Sirett and 1751 Pte Shepherd R L 2nd Cdn Disisional Supply Column cease to be attached 17/1/17 on returning to headquarters that unit (auth. Part II orders no 9 d 30/1/17). He would have been sent to Canada as an motor vehicle instructor

August 2nd : Signed an affidavit stating that his will is with his lawyer Patrick MacGregor.

December 10th : Hospitalized at Kirkdale Military Hospital.

February 11th, 1918 : Hospitalized at the 5th Canadian General Hospital in Liverpool. Problems at his feet, unable to do any marching.

April 30th, 1919 : Promoted “Warrant officer class 2″

September 16th : Hospitalized for a problem at his right foot.

June 15th, 1920 : Sailed from England on SS Scotian. His wife made the trip back with him.

June 29th : Demobilized on in Montreal. Address after demobilisation 615 Dominion Bank King and Young street, Toronto.

October 21st, 1963 : Died in Vancouver, British Columbia at the age of 80.
Buried in Plot 303 Grave 2 Section A-1 in Masonic cemetery in Burnaby, British Columbia.

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