Private Harry Brewer

Private Harry Brewer # 418422 served with 42nd battalion (Montreal) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 418422 and his War Service Badge class “A” number was 130899.

He was born on March 24th 1895 in London, England

Trade: carpenter     Religion : Methodist       Status : single

Hair: brown        Eyes : blue        Weight : 117lbs

Height: 5′ 6″

His sister, Dorothy Norman, was his next-of-kin  and was living at 1378 Green ave., Westmount

March 15th, 1915: He enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 42nd battalion

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May 28th : The battalion was inspected by the H.R.H. The Duke of Connaught.

June 10th : The battalion sailed from Montreal on SS Hesperian and arrived in Plymouth, England on June 19th. On arrival they proceeded to Shorncliffe by train.

October 7th: The battalion moved to Folkstone by train and embarked for Boulogne. They landed in Boulogne, France on October 9th.

January 7th, 1916: They moved into the reserve position of the front line. They relieved the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry from the front line the next day. This first tour to the front line was completed on January 20th.

Early August: He got shot in his right calf. From the battalion war diary, a working party was hit by artillery on August 3 rd, injuring and killing many men of the battalion. This is probably when he was hit. He was hospitalized from August 5th to the 31st in United, Kingdom. He was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom and stayed there until September 16th.

September, 18th: He received the ermission to marry Agnes Brewer. Once theu’ve enlisted men in the army needed the permission from their superior officer to marry

November 20th : He was sent back to France and joined back the 42nd battalion on November 21st.

April 9th, 1917: Battle of Vimy Ridge.

April 1918: From April 12th to May 7th they were on the front line making that stay at the front line, their longest stay of WW1.

August 8th : first day of the Battle of Amiens. The battalion was bivouacked in the rear lines. They joined the front line on August 11th.

August 26 : First day of the battle of Scarpe, they joined the front line the next day.

September 26th : First day of the battle of the Canal du Nord, the battalion was in the rear lines. During the night of the 28th, they moved to the front and launched their attack on the Douai-Cambrai road the next day, the 29th.

November: The battalion has been assigned the task of recapturing the city of Mons before the ceasing of hostilities at 11:00. By day break the battalion had mopped the city and established outpost on the eastern outskirt of the city.

March 1st 1919: Embarked on RMS Adriatic and arrived in Halifax on March 9th. They entrained for Montreal and arrived on March 11th.

April, 7th: He was demobilized in St-John, New-Brunswick.

His address after demobilization was 1378 Green Avenue, Montréal. The same address where his sister was living when he enlisted.

He is listed as a carpenter in the Montreal directory for 1919 and 1920 and living at 975 St-Antoine, after that year, his name disapeared from the Montreal directory

August 12th 1924: He sailed from Canada on the ship Monrose , probably leaving for England. His occupation at the time was minor.

WW1 1915 trio (1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal)

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