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Name: Adelbert Hersey Regimental Number: 67296 Rank: Private Battalion: 25th Battalion “B” Company; 7th Platoon, 11th Section Date of Birth: October 4, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 15, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 19 Height: 5 Feet 4½ inches Prior Military Experience: Royal Canadian Regiment (Seven months) Trade: Labourer Marital Status: Single Religion: Wesleyan Next of Kin: William E. Hersey (Father) Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Death: October 15, 1915 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Bailleul Communal Cemetery Extension, France Plot: I. B. 179. Commemorated on Page 19 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on January 22 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 25th Battalion Listed on the Memorial Tablet - Wesleyan Church, Yarmouth NS Commemorated on the Yarmouth War Memorial Adelbert was the fourth oldest of the six sons of William E. Hersey who served in the First World War. Private Hersey was the first of the Yarmouth casualties of the 25th Battalion.
Adelbert Hersey
Return to Casualty List 3rd Canadian Field Hospital B E F France 15th October, 1915 Dear Mrs. Hersey: ... There seemed some hope when I wrote you that he would rally.  But the nervous shock and loss of blood caused collapse and he passed away between 4 and 5 o’clock this morning.  He had the very best care possible, good physicians, good nurses, everything but your own presence that he could have had at home. ...  John Pringle Captain  No 3 Casualty Clearing Station B E F  15 October 1915 Dear Mrs. Hersey  I regret very much to have to tell you that your son died this morning at 2:45. His end was very peaceful and he passed away in his sleep. He was gradually getting weaker each day and was wandering a little in his mind so that he did not quite know where he was, but was quite content. I send you my heartfelt sympathy in your very great bereavement.  Your son will be buried in a little cemetery here where so many of our soldiers lie.  Very sincerely yours K. Stewart, Sister “We worked as swiftly and as carefully as we could. We knew that he was badly wounded for the earth was soaked with blood. But when we saw, we turned away sick with horror.  Fortunately, he lost consciousness while we were trying to disentangle him from the fallen timbers and he died, we heard, one week later in hospital”
Sources: Library and Archives Canada Commonwealth War Grave Commission Canadian Virtual War Memorial Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 209-212)