Fonds ID616 - Frederick Vernon Wedderburn

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Frederick Vernon Wedderburn

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  • 1915 (Creation)
    Wedderburn, Frederick Vernon

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5 cm of textual records

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Frederick Vernon Wedderburn (1861-1920), the eldest son of Judge William Wedderburn (ca. 1837-1918) and Jeannie Vaughn (ca. 1838-1899) was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, and educated in the law at New York. He became a professional soldier, serving in Egypt in 1884, in the North West Rebellion in 1885, Egypt again in 1896, and then in the Boer War (1899-1902). He retired from the army in 1912.

Upon the outbreak of war in 1914, he returned to active duty to organize the 115th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force which departed from Saint John in 1915 with 1000 men under his command. Like many other newly-formed Canadian battalions, the 115th Battalion was disbanded in England, and its troops were assigned to other units on the front. Lt. Colonel Wedderburn, then over 50 years old, was assigned to other duties better fitting his military experience. On his return to Saint John, he married Alice Jane Kee McGerighle (1880-1944) in 1919. The couple was childless.

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The fonds consists of a roll of enlisted men of the 115th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, in 1915 with additional notes. The roll records regimental numbers, full names, addresses, date and place of enlistment, names and addresses of next of kin, which company the man belonged to and whether he was transferred to another military unit. There are also handwritten lists of officers (one appears to be a draft) and typed lists of local casualties with their regimental numbers, names, unit and serial numbers.

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Acquired from Alice Wedderburn, prior to 1944


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