Saturday, 17 November 2012

Lieutenant Robert Bedford Viets

Born on 29 January 1880 in Digby, Nova Scotia – son of Mrs. J.M. Viets, Digby, Nova Scotia – at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address with Finance Department, Ottawa, Ontario; trade as barrister, currently Private Secretary to the Minister of Finance; Church of England; currently a member of the 43rd Regiment Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles (one-and-a-half years); no previous military service.

Joined the 207th Battalion, CEF, as a captain in Ottawa, Ontario, on 17 May 1916 – reverted to the temporary rank of lieutenant on 11 July 1917 – taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 September 1917 – invalided sick to England on 28 November 1917 – rejoined the 38th Battalion on 12 February 1918 – wounded on 10 or 12 August 1918 – invalided to England on 16 August 1918.

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)

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