A First War Canadian Military Medal to the 21st Battalion
WWI Military Medal, Private William Bertin, 55th Infantry Battalion, 21st Infantry Battalion - (445139 Pte W. BERTIN. 21/E.O.R.). Naming is officially impressed. Attempted erasure to the naming, which is now faint and obscured, cleaned, near very fine. Accompanied by copies of his Index Cards, Attestation Paper, Service Records, Medical Records, Discharge Certificate and the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 31430 (confirming his award of the Military Medal). Footnote: William Bertin was born on May 15, 1897 in Bathurst, New Brunswick. He signed his Attestation Paper with the 55th Infantry Battalion "New Brunswick/P.E.I. Battalion", at Sussex, New Brunswick, on June 15, 1915, naming his next-of-kin as his father, Joseph Bertin of Bathurst, stating that he had no previous military service, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Labourer. He was assigned to "C" Company. The Battalion was raised in New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island under the authority of G.O. 86, July 1, 1915. The mobilization headquarters was at Sussex, New Brunswick. The Battalion sailed October 30, 1915 from Montreal, Quebec, aboard the S.S. Corsican under the command of Lieutenant-Colonel J.R. Kirkpatrick with a strength of 42 officers and 1097 other ranks, arriving in Devonport, England on November 9th. Upon arrival, he proceeded to Bramshott Camp, and after five and a half months, was transferred to the 21st Infantry Battalion for service in the French theatre. He disembarked England on April 23, 1916 and was taken on strength as a reinforcement the following day at the Canadian Base Depot at Le Havre, joining his new unit on May 15th. The 21st Infantry Battalion had just come out of the front trenches, with the men billeted at B Camp, near Poperinghe, Belgium. Bertin was admitted to No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a gun shot wound to his finger and a contusion to his back, on September 28, 1916, and transferred to No. 4 Field Ambulance the same day. After one week's recuperation, he was discharged on October 5th. He was hospitalized again in the Spring of 1917, as he was admitted to No. 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples suffering from an Inter-Connective Tissue infection to his right foot on April 20, 1917 and after one month, was discharged to Base Details on May 20th. He briefly served with the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion, transferred on June 5th, joining them on the 7th, then returning to the 21st Infantry Battalion in the field. He was awarded one Good Conduct Badge on June 12, 1917. Bertin was wounded a second time, admitted to No. 16 (Philadelphia USA) General Hospital at Le Treport, with a contusion to his ankle, on November 12, 1917. The injury came as a result of being buried by a shell explosion. Three weeks later, he was transferred to No. 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport on December 2nd, then discharged to No. 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot at Le Havre on the 4th. He arrived at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp on December 10th and rejoined the 21st Infantry Battalion on the 14th. In the following Spring of 1918, he was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance suffering from Inter-Connective Tissue infection to his feet, on March 31st, then discharged to duty on April 6th. Bertin was awarded the Military Medal for bravery in the field, as announced in the 21st Infantry Battalion War Diary on December 14, 1918, as mentioned in the Third Supplement to the London Gazette 31430 of Tuesday, July 1, 1919, on Thursday, July 3, 1919, page 8337 and mentioned in the Edinburgh Gazette on November 2, 1920, page 2320. He was struck off strength to the Canadian Reserve List on April 3, 1919, proceeding to England on April 15th and taken on strength at "H" Wing at the Canadian Concentration Camp at Witley. He was struck off strength to Canada, embarking Liverpool, England aboard the R.M.S. Cedric on May 19, 1919, disembarking at Halifax, Nova Scotia on May 27th. Bertin was discharged upon demobilization at Dispersal Station "C", Military District No. 7, in Saint John, New Brunswick, on May 28, 1919, entitled to wear the War Service Badge, Class "A", number 267714. For his First World War service, he was awarded the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal, the whereabouts of which are unknown.