Regimental number: 126407 Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 945 – 43 Item: 57004, PDF: B0945-S043. Date of Birth 21/05/1897 @ Edingburgh, Scotland. N of K: Herbert Bowd of Thamesville, ON. Occupation: Farmer. Attestation: 11/09/1915 @ Stratford, ON. to 71st Bn., age 18 Yrs. 4 Mos. Height 5’ 21/2” (1 ½” scar left elbow.
Not found on CWGC. Reported as DOW in the CDP 16/10/16. Curators Note: At first account he was reported as DOW fortunately he was only severly Wounded In Action.
After his enlistment to the 71st overseas battalion he embarked at Halifax, NS. aboard the S.S. Olympic which departed 1/04/17. He arrived in England 11/04/16. From there he was transferred to the 44th Bn. 29/05/16 for training in England. At the completion of his training he was TOS to the 71st Batt. until embarking for France 9/06/16 at which he was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He would serve with them from 8/05/16 to 29/09/16.
It was while serving with the 2nd CMR he was wounded in action by GSW and Shrapnel, some 28 wounds in his forearms, thighs, buttocks and back. The GSW were addressed at Beauport War Hospital at Bristol, England. From there he would begin a long journey through many hospitals Bear Wood Hospital 7/02/17, Cdn. General Hospital Woodcote Park where most of the shrapnel wounds were taken care of.
He would convoles at the Ontario Military Hospital – Opington, the Bromley and back to Woodcote. He would be finally discharged from hospital 14/07/17. Alfred was then reported as “Medically Fit For Duty”. However there was still a few pieces of shrapnel sill in his forearm. “Shrapnel still is present in his right hand and forearm causing some pain.”
Alfred was TOS in England at Buxton Point 1/11/17. He embarked for Canada from Liverpool 6/11/17.
Once back in Canada he would be back in hospital, this time at the Quebec Military Hospital for acute Tonsillitis. He would be transferred to Freeport for treatment from 16/11/17 to 22/11/17
At his Medical Board hearing he was designated as “Not permanently unfit for Military Service”, That being said Alfred was granted leave as “Medically Unfit Due to Service. 29/05/1918.