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18th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force

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18th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force

during the Great War 1914-1918.

  • Atkinson Alexander Young. Pte. (d.5th Jun 1916)
  • Essig Ernest Albert. Spr.
  • Fairburn Edward. Pte. (d.2nd Mar 1918)
  • Hatch Henry. Spr.
  • Robertson Whitney Glen. Pte. (d.17th Aug 1918)
  • Sifton VC. Ellis Welwood. L/Sgt. (d.9th April 1917)

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L/Sgt. Ellis Welwood Sifton VC 18th Btn. (Western Ontario Regiment). (d.9th April 1917)

Ellis Sifton was killed in action on the 9th of April 1917, aged 25 and is commemorated on Panel 3 in the Lichfield Crater Cemetery in France.

An extract from The London Gazette, dated 8th June, 1917, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. During the attack in enemy trenches Sjt. Sifton's company was held up by machine gun fire which inflicted many casualties. Having located the gun he charged it single-handed, killing all the crew. A small enemy party advanced down the trench, but he succeeded keeping these off till our men had gained the position. In carrying out this gallant act he was killed, but his conspicuous valour undoubtedly saved many lives and contributed largely to the success of the operation."

s flynn


Spr. Henry Hatch 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company

Henry Hatch was my grandfather. He was From Hartbury, Gloucestershire, Born in 1887. He served 8 years with Gloucester Regiment (anecdotal evidence that served in 4th Battalion Gloucester Regiment, St Helena guarding Boer POW's. Also said to have served in India) From his Attestation paper and war record, he signed up on 22nd October 1914, in London Ontario and joined 18th Battalion CEF and arrived in England 29/4/15 on S.S. Grampian He embarked to France on 18th of September 1915 On the 10th of April 1916 he was attached to 2nd Tunneling Company then on the 30th of June became attached to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 7th of August he returned to 2nd Tunneling Company then on the 3rd of March 1917 he was again attached to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 29th of June 1917 he was admitted to 2nd Eastern General Hospital in Brighton with a slight wound to his right shoulder. On the 8th of August he returned to 1st Tunneling Company. On the 1st of March 1918 he was hospitalised at Epsom suffering from weakness and irregular pains. On the 13th of June 1918 he transferred to C.E.T.D then to 1st C.E.R.B. On the 9th of April 1919 he was demobilized and elected to remain in England.

Nick MIddleton


Pte. Edward Fairburn 18th Btn. (d.2nd Mar 1918)

Edward Fairburn was executed for desertion 02/03/1918 age 23 and buried in Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, France. He was born in St. Catharines, Ontario on 21 September 1895. After enlisting in November 1915, Fairburn was sent to France as part of a reinforcement for the 18th (Western Ontario) Battalion.

Following a period of charge-free conduct, Fairburn went missing during the period 9–16 April 1917 and he remained missing for 10 months, before being arrested just north of Arras. During his period of absence, Fairburn had missed the major battles at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Passchendale (Third Battle of Ypres), which made his desertion appear even worse in the eyes of the Army authorities, and it came as no surprise that Fairburn was court-martialled for desertion, found guilty and sentenced to death by shooting.

S Flynn


Pte. Alexander Young Atkinson 1st Btn, A Coy. Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) (d.5th Jun 1916)

Alexander Young Atkinson was born Dublin, the son of Mrs. Mary J. Atkinson, of 60, Lower Beechwood Avenue, Ranelagh, Dublin, Ireland, and Mr. F. R. Atkinson. He served with the Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment) 1st Battalion and died in Belgium aged 20 in June 1916. He is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial.

s flynn


Pte. Whitney Glen "Paddy" Robertson 18th Battalion (d.17th Aug 1918)

Paddy's Home in Front Line Trench. Made Himself Comfortable in the Danger Zone

By Pte. W. G. (Paddy) Robertson to Mr. E. P. Ridley Somewhere in France, April 28th, 1918

Dear Friend E.P., - At last I have time to write a few lines in answer to your welcome letter received some time ago. This is some note paper I picked up in the trench; it is slightly soiled but will have to do for now. For the last three days in the front line I was unable to get out of the funk hole but thank God I am O.K. again. It is a rather unpleasant feeling to be on your back helpless when the boys next to you are being buried and wounded. We had ... (page torn - unreadable). Have been lucky with our platoon, only two killed so far on this job. But I hope to move back on our old front again as we are the only division of Canadians up this way. Since the spring drive started we have been used for a storming division and it isn't any too pleasant a job. Whenever a piece of ground is lost we have to retake it and hold it for a few days, then move to some other front for a spell - lots of moving around and lots of sore feet. Our adjutant was telling us last week that Pete Pegg is now reported a prisoner of war in Germany; I hope it's right. Well Ed., I will have to bring this to a close although I am sorry to, it being the only pastime at night, but I have a two hour gas guard to do now so will close, trusting this finds Mrs. Ridley and yourself O.K. Write again, Ed., and I will try to answer sooner next time. As ever, Paddy Robertson. (unknown publication - Ontario, Canada)

Colleen Jenkinson


Spr. Ernest Albert Essig 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company

Ernest Essig from Galt, Ontario was sent overseas as part of the 18th Batallion. On August 10th, 1917 he was injured in the line of duty from a high explosive shell, suffering the loss of his index finger on the left hand and partial loss of function in his left thumb, arm and left thigh. Ernest spent 119 days in hispital and was eventually discharged from duty because as unfit for service due to wounds.

John Miller

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