William Henry Tremblett
Private Tremblett’s name appears on the Haltonville Cenotaph.
Private Tremblett is one of thousands of Canadian Soldiers who has no known war grave. He gave his life at the infamous battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917.
Milton Soldiers on the Vimy Memorial (Google Earth).
Private Tremblett attested to the 35th Infantry Battalion in August 1915, arriving in France in October 1915. At 30 years of age, he was older than the average CEF recruit. The newspaper report of May 1917 notes that he resided in Milton Heights with his wife (Bertha May) and their 2 children. He went overseas with his brother (Alfred Charles 405450) and brother-in-law (no record) with the 35th Battalion.
Private Tremblett was taken-on-strength by the 21st Battalion on April 20, 1916. He spent some time in medical care in the fall of the year, after receiving a wound to the face on October 10, 1916, followed by Influenza in December 1916.He reported back to the 21st on Christmas Eve 1916, where he served with honour until he met his final fate on Easter Monday April 9, 1917.
After his release from hospital on December 24th he took the Lewis Gun Course, but there is no further indication if that is how he served in the 1st Quarter of 1917.
The 21st Battalion, as part of the 4th Infantry Brigade of the 2nd Canadian Division moved just south of Neuville St. Vaast, crossing the German front lines and through Thelus as they reached the Blue Line. Their story starts here (war diary orders). The 21st is remembered for finding 2 German Battalion Headquarters under the ruins of the village, sending 106 prisoners to the rear. There are many excellent references on the Battle of Vimy Ridge, as well as the new history of the 21st Battalion that will tell more of the story,
Private Tremblett was just one of 10,000 Canadian Soldiers to have their name inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.
A digital image is provided on the Virtual War Memorial, Ottawa Canada.