Fonds A967.052 - A971.011 - William Victor Tranter family fonds

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William Victor Tranter family fonds

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CA ON00031 A967.052 - A971.011

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  • 1914-1915 (Creation)
    Tranter, William Victor

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4 cm of textual records. -- 2 photographs

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(May 24, 1894 - June 10, 1915)

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William Victor Tranter, known as "Victor", was born in Southampton, Ontario on May 24, 1894 to William and Annie Tranter. His paternal grandparents were Joseph Tranter and Eliza Wager who came from Gloucester, England to Canada in 1845 and later settled in Saugeen Township, Bruce County, on Lots 10 and 11, Concession 14.

In 1914, at the age of 20, he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, witnessed by his uncle, Captain Lionel Tranter, of the 32nd Bruce Regiment. He trained at Valcartier Quebec before sailing to England in October 1914. Victor was in Dublin briefly in early January 1915, and by January 20, 1915, he was in England writing home form Bustard Camp, Salisbury Plain. He arrived in France during the first week of February 1915 with the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion and, by the third week of February 1915, he was on the front line.

He fought in the Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Festubert. His May 24, 1915 diary entry reads "Birthday, awaked by the burning of several shrapnel wounds." Sergeant Tranter made it to the Anglo American Hospital but passed away on June 10, 1915 after at least two surgeries attempting to remove the shrapnel.

He was the first Southampton man to be killed in WWI.

William Victor Tranter was buried in the WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France.

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This fonds consists chiefly of records related to William Victor Tranter (1894-1915), known as “Victor”, and his time serving with the 1st Canadian Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, during World War I. Includes his diary written from December 27, 1914 to June 7, 1915 including his experiences at the Battle of Ypres, four letters written by Victor to family between April 1914 and May 1915, photograph of Victor ca. 1914, death certificate, correspondence from hospital chaplain, Sister Rose, and Town of Southampton to Victor’s parents, William and Annie Tranter, In Memoriam Card, transcript of cemetery registration and gravemarker, photograph of gravemarker at Wimereux Communal Cemetery Pas de Calais, France, and newspaper notice of Victor’s death.

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Created December 3, 2012

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