Person:Bertram Boland (1)

Bertram Young Boland
d.12 AUG 1918 France
m. BEF 1887
  1. Frank Templeton Boland1895 - Bef 1925
  2. Bertram Young Boland1897 - 1918
Facts and Events
Name[1][2][3][4] Bertram Young Boland
Alt Name[1][5] Bert
Alt Name[6] Borton
Gender Male
Birth[1][2][3][4] 15 AUG 1897 Eganville, Renfrew, Ontario, Canada
Military[1] 06 NOV 1915 Montréal, Île-de-Montréal, Québec, Canadaenlistment / signed attestation papers
Death[1][7][12] 12 AUG 1918 Francelater determined to be his date of death. His name is included on the Vimy Memorial
Alt Death[4][5][7][8][9] 13 Aug 1918 Franceinitially reported as killed in action on Aug 12 or 13. Some sources still use this date
Burial[10][4] St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Eganville, Grattan, Renfrew, Ontario, Canadahis name is included on the side of his parents grave marker.

The following timeline is based upon records in Bert's military fileS1:

  • 06 Nov 1915 - enlisted in Montreal for the "duration of the war." He was a student and named his mother, Mrs. Thomas G Boland as his next-of-kin. Assigned to 73rd (Overseas) Battalion, Royal Highlanders of Canada
  • 08 Nov 1915 - medical examination. He was 18 years 2 and 1/2 months old. He stood 5 ' 5 1/2", and had a fair complexion, brown eys and brown hair.
  • 09 Jun 1916 - completed his military will, naming his mother as heir to both real estate and personal estate.
  • 31 Mar 1916 - embarked from Halifax aboard S.S. Adriatic
  • 09 Apr 1916 - arrived in Liverpool, England on the S.S. Adriatic according to the "Casualty Form - Active Service"
  • 12 Aug 1916 - embarked for France from Bramshott, arriving at Havre, France
  • 19 Apr 1917 - transferred to 42nd Battalion
  • 20 Apr 1917 - Struck off strength (of a unit) of the 73 Battalion, as reported by the 42 Battalion which he joined on this date
  • 02 July 1917 - Vimy - wounded at Avion
  • 04 Jul 1917 - "to 4th Gen Camieres" - gun shot wound to right leg and possibly right shoulder
  • 07 Jul 1917 - admitted to No. 4 General Hospital Dannes-Camieres (which was located there from Jan 16 to Apr 19, 1917S11 so the dates don't appear to line up)
  • 11 Jul 1917 - admitted to Infirmary Red Cross Hospital at Wimborne. Other entries for this date note he was "wounded and posted to 1st Que" and "reported to 1st Quebec [] Depot, Shoreham."
  • 12 Jul to 31 Jul 1917 - treated at Infirmary Hospital
  • 01 Aug 1917 - transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Wokingham, Berkshire (also rendered as Bear Wood) Notes indicate shrapnel was still in his leg
  • 16 Aug 1917 - transferred to Woodcote Park Military Convalescent Hospital at EpsomS11
  • 29/30 Aug 1917 - transferred to Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington, Kent for an operation to remove the shrapnel in his right leg
  • 28 Sept 1917 - discharged from hospital. Struck off strength of 1st Que R D as reported by 20 Reserve Battalion
  • July 2 to Sept 28 From Medical Case Sheet (Army Form I. 1237.)

Wounded at Avion July 2nd, dressed at dressing station, sent to No. 12 field Amb. no dressing received. Sent to No. 22 C.C. Sat Bruay dressing received. July 4th sent to No. 4 Gen aty Camieres dressings only. July 12th left for Calais to embark for Eng. Arrived at Wimborned R. C. Hos. same date, dressings daily. Aug 1st Sent to Can Con at Bearwood. Aug 15th sent to Epsom Hospital (Canvalescent) Aug 29th arrived at Orpington. Scar from puncture wound on outer right thigh at junction of middle and lower third. Small mass felt 2" anteriod. Patient states that while walking any distance he has considerable pain in that area. And his leg becomes weak. Aug 30 Xray shows small piece of shrapnell. Sept 8 Seems to have no pain while resting Sept 14 Operation Shrapnel removed from musle of rt thigh at junction of middle and lower thigh. Shrapnel the size of a large size bean. Sept 17 Wound healed nicely Sept 26 Wound healed Sept 28 Discharged Furlough and duty

  • 16 Mar 1918 - Struck off strength of 20 Reserve Battalion, assigned to 42 Battalion
  • 17 Mar 1918 - taken on strength of 42 Battalion on arrival
  • 07 Apr 1918 - arrived at his unit
  • 12 Aug 1918 - initial report of his being killed in action gave the date as 12/13 Aug, but later this was revised to 12 Aug 1918. He was killed instantly from a sniper's bullet, during an attack "on PARVILLERS, Amiens front...while proceeding up Pelican Alley, between Fouquescourt and ParvillersS9
  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Bert Young Boland, in Canada. Soldiers of the First World War. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada).
  2. 2.0 2.1 Thomas L Boland household, in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. 1901 Census of Canada. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada, 1901)
    Page 1, 31 Mar 1901.

    ON RENFREW (North/Nord) (#110) Subdistrict: Eganville (Village) E

    36 7 Boland Thomas L. M Head M Nov 6 1861 39 Ireland 1872 Irish Canadian English Car?enter
    37 7 Boland Margaret M. F Wife M Mar 6 1863 38 Ont Canadian English
    38 7 Boland William E. M Son S Jul 19 1887 13 Ont Irish Canadian English
    39 7 Boland George A. M Son S Sep 16 1889 11 Ont Irish Canadian English
    40 7 Boland Townley G. M Son S Sep 11 1891 9 Ont Irish Canadian English
    41 7 Boland Alda M. F Daughter S Apr 14 1893 8 Ont Irish Canadian English
    42 7 Boland Frank T. M Son S Apr 13 1895 5 Ont Irish Canadian English
    43 7 Boland Bertram M Son S Aug 15 1897 3 Ont Irish Canadian English
    44 7 Boland Jean L. F Daughter S Aug 28 1900 7/12 Ont Irish Canadian English

  3. 3.0 3.1 Bertram Young Boland, in Ontario, Canada. Ontario Canada Births 1869-1913. (Toronto, Ontario: Archives of Ontario)

    Name:Bertram Young Boland
    Date of Birth:15 Aug 1897
    Birth County:Renfrew
    Father's Name:Thomas G Boland
    Mother's Name:Margaret M Young
    Roll Number:MS929_144

  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 Ontario Canada Gravemarker Gallery.

    In France

  5. 5.0 5.1 McCuaig, Carol Bennett. Death Notices Obituaries from The Eganville Leader 1914-1921. (Renfrew, Ontario, Canada: Juniper Books Limited , 1990)
    Page 52.

    Summary of article also referenced below S9

    August 30, 1918 - Killed in action in Flanders: Pte Bert Y Boland, son of Thomas Boland of Eganville.; Page 52

  6. Thomas Boland household, in Renfrew, Ontario, Canada. 1911 Census of Canada. (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada)
    page 6, 5 Jun 1911.

    1911 / Ontario / 116 Renfrew North / 28 Eganville

    18 47 Boland Thomas M Head M Nov 1862 49 Links
    19 47 Boland Margaret F Wife M Mar 1863 47
    20 47 Boland Tom? M Son S Sep 1892 19
    21 47 Boland Alder F Daughter S Apr 1893 18 [I read Aldee]
    22 47 Boland Frank M Son S Apr 1894 16
    23 47 Boland Borton M Son S Aug 1898 13
    24 47 Boland Jane F Daughter S Aug 1900 10
    25 47 Boland Marjorie F Daughter S Sep 1903 7

  7. 7.0 7.1 Bert Young Boland, in The Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

    In Memory of
    42nd Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regt.)
    who died on
    Monday, 12th August 1918

  8. Two More Eganville Boys Fall on Battlefield, in Compiler: The Eganville Leader. Reflections of a Century: Stories and Photos from the Ottawa Valley. (Eganville, Ontario, Canada: The Eganville Leader Publishing Company Ltd. , July 2002 )
    Page 112.

    Originally published in the Eganville Leader - Aug 30, 1918

    From Eganville Leader - August 30, 1918
    Two More Eganville Boys Fall on Battlefield
    Ptes. Boland and Tait Killed in Action
    The gloom of death, stretching from Flanders fields, rests on two Eganville homes this week...Pte. Bert Y Boland, reported killed in action on August 13, was a son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Boland, of Eganville. He was three years with the colors and had been wounded and sent to a military hospital in England. He was known as a sharpshooter, and, when recovered, he had a choice of remaining in England as a training officer or returning to France as a sniper. Neither appealed to him, but he decided to rejoin his comrades of a machine gun crew. With them he fought and died. He was one of three brothers in ranks....

  9. Bert Young Boland, in Canada. Canadian Expeditionary Force Burial Registration. (Ottawa, Carleton, Canada: Library and Archives Canada)
    13 Aug 1918.

    Name:Bert Young Boland
    Death Date:12 Aug 1918
    Unit:42nd Battalion
    Service Number:133133

    instantly from a sniper's bullet, during an attack "on PARVILLERS, Amiens front...while proceeding up Pelican Alley, between Fouquescourt and Parvillers."

  10. St John's Anglican, in Ontario Cemetery Finding Aid - OCFA.

    This is the Bertram Boland killed in France. This is a memorial marker. BOLANDBertramSt John's Anglican, EganvilleRenfrewGrattanOT-92-02

  11.   The Long, Long Trail.
  12. Vimy Memorial, in Find A Grave.

    Bert Young Boland

    This page contains a news paper article reproducing a letter from Bert's comrades to his mother.