Albert County

Christmas Card sent by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright in December, 1918

Christmas Card sent by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright in December, 1918

World War I ended on November 11, 1918 but organizing the transport of thousands of soldiers back home to Canada took months. The Canadian soldiers spent their Christmas overseas but they were given designed 1918 Christmas cards to send home to their families. Read more here.

“Christmas Cards from First World War soldier, Hugh Wright” - A Great War Tradition

“Christmas Cards from First World War soldier, Hugh Wright” - A Great War Tradition

During the years of the First World War (1914 -1918) when the soldiers had to spend Christmas far from home, separated from their families and friends, Christmas cards were important reminders that there was life outside the trenches and outside of the war. Here are a few sent by Hugh Wright. Read more here.

World War I letter written by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright on November 11, 1918

World War I letter written by Albert County soldier, Hugh Wright on November 11, 1918

“Just a few lines today to let you know that we are both well and that the war is at last over, so you will not need to worry anymore.” lines written by Hugh Wright in a letter home, November 11, 1918. Read the whole story here.

A Window on the Great War - 100 Years to the Day - A Letter from the Front, March 14, 1918 France

This World War One letter was written by Hugh C. Wright of Shepody (Hopewell) Albert County on March 14, 1918 while he was in serving in the Canadian Garrison Artillery (CGA) in France. Hugh had enlisted in the 26th Battalion on November 17, 1914 when he was 19 years old. He sailed with the 26th Battalion from Saint John on June 13, 1915 aboard the steamship “Caledonia”. They arrived in England on June 24, 1915 where they underwent rigorous training in preparation for going to the battle front.

Hugh served in the 26th Bn, 5th Infantry Brigade in Belgium and France spending 17 months in the trenches. In February 1917, he transferred to the 4th Siege Battery, 2nd Brigade CGA and was a gunner for the remainder of the war. He was discharged on May 10, 1919...on his 24th birthday!

Hugh Wright was the youngest son of James and Jane Wright. Hugh's letters are addressed … “Dear Father” because his mother had died when he was only 7 years old.

Hugh's brother, Clarke Wright, of Hopewell (Shepody) enlisted on October 19, 1915 and went overseas with the C.E.F. Clarke also served in the 4th Siege Battery for the remainder of the war.

“I am very fortunate to have over 50 letters that my Great Uncle Hugh wrote to his family while serving in WWI”. Great Niece Dawne McLean

With many thanks to Hugh Wright's great niece, Dawne McLean who kindly submitted the letter.

"
France
March 14th 1918
 
Dear Father,
 
Well, I suppose you will think that I have forgotten you since I have not written for some time, but we have been working hard for this last couple of weeks and it has just slacked off.
Clarke and I had a parcel from Aunt Berta last night and believe me they came in fine.
I received your nice long letter a few days ago and we were awful glad to hear from you.
I saw a piece in the Telegraph that the gov't was going to take over the S & A railroad. It would be a good thing I should think if it did.
Well Father, Clarke and I will be going on leave together this time. I guess we will be going about the last of next month, but I am sorry to say that I have not much money coming to me as it has been such a short time since my last one, so I would like to have $75 if possible. I hate to ask you, but a fellow can't very well have a good time without money and everything costs so much now.
Will see Clarke and find out the best way to send the money,
will finish in the morning.
Well, will close with Love to all
Hugh
Get the Bank to cable the money to their agency in London, the same as Clarke's is being done. Don't delay it any longer than possible as we may get away in a month's time.
**************************

 

A Boy Soldier – One of Albert County’s Fallen - Clifford Robinson Oulton Age 15

A Boy Soldier – One of Albert County’s Fallen - Clifford Robinson Oulton Age 15

On February 1, 1916, Clifford Robinson Oulton from Bridgedale, New Brunswick (now Riverview) joined up with the 145th Battalion out of Moncton. He signed up for the duration of the war, which for him was all too short. The remarkable thing about Clifford Robinson Oulton was that he was only 14 years old when he enlisted.

Laying a Wreath in Honour of Albert County's Fallen at the Menin Gate, Ieper(Ypres), Belgium - A Fascinating Story

Laying a Wreath in Honour of Albert County's Fallen at the Menin Gate, Ieper(Ypres), Belgium - A Fascinating Story

It's always amazing how things work out, sometimes a quiet word in passing leads to great things, and this is how this story came about.

On Monday, October 30, 2017, Hillsborough Village Councilor Kevin Berry will be attending the Last Post Ceremony at the Menin Gate, in Ieper (Ypres), Belgium to lay a Remembrance Cross for the fallen men from Albert County who died during the Battle of Passchendaele and have no known grave.

Lest We Forget - Albert County's Honour Roll Updated - Pte. Charles Osman Steeves Killed in Action June 26, 1917

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We have found another Albert County man who paid the supreme sacrifice during the First World War. 

Charles Osman Steeves, 832325 was from Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick and was born November 10, 1888. He was the Son of Jerimiah and Lavinia Steeves. He enlisted with the 145 Battalion on February 14, 1916. He was listed as Killed in Action at while fighting with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment) on October 30/31, 1917. He has is buried at  LA CHAUDIERE MILITARY CEMETERY ; Pas de Calais, France

 You can find his complete war records by clicking here.

He is Commemorated on Page 332 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

A virtual memorial can be found here. 

His gravesite information can be found here.  

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Thank you to Steeves House Museum for the photo. 

Lest We Forget - Robert Archibald Colpitts - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 08.15.1917

Robert Archibald Colpitts, 709672 was born in Liverpool, England and was born July 4,  1893. He was the son of George W. and Margaret (Gardiner) Colpitts. He enlisted with the 104 Battalion on November 3, 1915. His occupation at the time of attestation was listed as a farmer. He was listed as Missing in Action and presumed dead during the Battle of Hill 70 while fighting with the 26th New Brunswick Battalion on August 15, 1917. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Monument :Pas de Calais, France. 

 You can find his complete war records by clicking here.

He is Commemorated on Page 218 of the First World War Book of Remembrance.

A virtual memorial can be found here. \

A Memorial Plaque was crafted in his honour with an excellent write up and can be found here. 

The museum is also fortunate to have his mother's silver cross medal, which can be viewed at the museum. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Lest We Forget - Dallas Churchill Conner - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.18.1917

Dallas Churchill Conner - 283022, was from Alma, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born March 11, 1883. He was the son of John T. Conner and Catherine Conner, of Hillsborough, Albert Co., New Brunswick. His occupation was listed as farmer. He enlisted with the 219th Over Seas Highland Battalion on March 8, 1916 in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. He was killed in action June 18, 1917 serving with the 85th Battalion. He is buried at CABARET-ROUGE BRITISH CEMETERY, Pas de Calais, France.

 You can find his complete service records  by clicking here.

He is listed on page 219 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

You can view his internment records here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along. 

Lest We Forget -Frank Geldart - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.05.1917

Lest We Forget -Frank Geldart - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.05.1917

Frank Geldart 832522 was from Little River, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born May 10, 1894. He was the son of Moses and Margaret Geldart, of Little River, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada.

Lest We Forget - Lester Carruthers Bishop - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 06.03.1917

Lester Carruthers Bishop, 832321 was from Irving Settlement, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born February 18, 1897. He was the son of Mr. & Mrs. William H. Bishop, of Hillsborough, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with 145th (New Brunswick) Battalion in Moncton , on February 14, 1916. His occupation was listed as student. He served overseas with the 50th Battalion, CEF. He was killed in action June 3,  1917 at Vimy Ridge, France by artillery fire. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the VIMY MONUMENT, Pas de Calais, France 

 You can find his complete war records here.

He is listed on page 202 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

 

Lest We Forget -George Arthur Patterson - Killed in Action 100 Years Ago Today 05.25.1917

George Arthur Patterson 41575 was from Coverdale, Albert Co., New Brunswick and was born September 22, 1889. He was the son of Martha Paterson, of Coverdale, Albert County, New Brunswick, Canada. He enlisted with 8th Battery on September 26, 1914. His occupation was listed as trainman. He served overseas with 7th Canadian Siege Battery. He was killed in action May 25, 1917 at Vimy Ridge, France. He is buried at  HIGHLAND CEMETERY, ROCLINCOURT ; Pas de Calais, France 

 You can find his attestation records  by clicking here.

He is listed on page 306 of Canada's Book of Remembrance.

You can view his internment records here. 

If anyone has any further information, photos or memories they would like to share please pass them along.