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Name: William Henry Neitz Regimental Number: 67466 Rank: Private Battalion: 25th Battalion (No II Platoon) Date of Birth: December 7, 1895 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Yarmouth County, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: November 19, 1914 Place of Enlistment: Halifax, Nova Scotia Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 3 1/2 Inches Complexion: Dark Eye Colour: Brown Hair Colour: Dark Brown Marital Status: Single Trade: Assistant freight agent Religion: Roman Catholic Next of Kin: Charles Neitz (father), Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: July 5, 1916 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium Grave Reference: Enclosure No.4 I. P. 11. 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 William (Willie) Henry Neitz was the son of Charles and Emeline Neitz, of Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. William’s brother Charles, (Service No. 67452) also served in the 25th Battalion. He enlisted with the 25th Battalion at Halifax and trained in Canada until May of 1915. He departed Halifax on the SS Saxonia disembarking in England on May 29, 1915. He embarked for France at Folkestone on June 9, 1915. He was killed in action on the night of July 5, 1916 while out on a “Fatigue Party” near Scottish Wood, Dickebusch. (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 in the Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.
William Henry Neitz
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