Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pte. W. Barlow - 472900

William Barlow
courtesy of Andy McClure

According to his attestation papers dated December 31, 1915 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, William Barlow of Borden, Sask., was born on January 14, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his father, Robert Barlow, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a Methodist.

Bill was originally part of the 65th Overseas Battlion.  At the time of his enlistment he was living as a farmer in Borden Sask.  He arrived in England on June 29, 1916.  On June 30, 1916 he was transferred to the 46th Overseas Battalion Medical Section.  He proceeded to France on August 10, 1916 as part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps.  In January 1917 he was sick with "Trench Fever" and related lung and heart conditions.  He was released from hospital in February 1917 and transferred to the 22nd Field Hospital.  In July 1917 he suffered from "Trench Fever" for a second time.  By September 1917 he condition worsened and he was sent to the Canadian Military Hospital in Bramshott, England.  In October 1917 he was released from hospital and sent to work in the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Bramshott.  However he never fully recovered from his illnesses and was sent back to Canada on January 31, 1918.  He was discharged on March 11, 1918 in Toronto, physically unfit for service thought it was noted on his records that his conduct and character while in service was "very good".

According to the 1911 census William Barlow, son of Robert of Mimico was actually born in January 1890 so he would have been almost 26 years of age.

His brothers Carl, Samuel, and Robert also enlisted. 

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