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William Henry Neitz Regiment: Canadian Infantry Battalion: 25th Battalion (No II Platoon) Regimental Number: 67466 Rank: Private Date of Birth: December 7, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 19, 1914 Address at Enlistment: Age at enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 3 1/2 Inches Trade: Assistant freight agent Marital Status: Single Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Charles Neitz (father), Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia William (Willie) Henry Neitz was the son of Charles and Emeline Neitz, of Clements Avenue, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He was killed in action on the night of July 5th while out on a “Fatigue Party” (Wiring parties or cutters were an offensive countermeasure against the enemy’s barbed wire obstacles. There were hazardous and stressful when soldiers worked at night to repair, improve, and rebuild their own wire defences, while also sabotaging and cutting the enemy's). He was hit through the head by a stray bullet and died instantly. He was buried initially not far from the front lines. William’s brother Charles, (67452) also served in the 25th Battalion and was invalided home during the war. Date of Death: July 5, 1916 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: BEDFORD HOUSE CEMETERY (ENCLOSURE 4), Belgium Grave Reference: Enclosure No.4 I. P. 11. Also see: Letters From the Front Bedford House Cemetery ENCLOSURE No.4, the largest, was used from June 1916 to February 1918, largely by the 47th (London) Division, and after the Armistice it was enlarged when 3,324 graves were brought in from other burial grounds and from the battlefields of the Ypres Salient. Almost two-thirds of the graves are unidentified. In all, 5,139 Commonwealth servicemen of the First World War are buried or commemorated in the enclosures of Bedford House Cemetery. 3,011 of the burials are unidentified but special memorials commemorate a number of casualties known or believed to be buried among them. Other special memorials name casualties buried in other cemeteries whose graves could not be found on concentration. Commemorated on Page 141 of the First World War Book of Remembrance Displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on April 1 Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 25th Battalion Sources: Library and Archives Canada (Attestation Paper) Commonwealth War Grave Commission Commonwealth War Grave Commission (Cemetery Information) Canadian Great War Project Veterans Affairs Canada Additional Information: “A Monument Speaks” A Thurston; 1989 (pp 259-267)
Private William Henry Neitz
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