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William Frederick Dodds

In memory of:

Private William Frederick Dodds

November 6, 1917

Military Service


Service Number:

1000784

Age:

27

Force:

Army

Unit:

Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment)

Division:

27th Bn.

Additional Information


Born:

March 13, 1890
Glenboro, Manitoba

Son of William and Jeannette Dodds, of Wroxeter, Ontario.

Commemorated on Page 229 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. Request a copy of this page. Download high resolution copy of this page.

Burial Information


Cemetery:
Grave Reference:

LVIII. D. 29.

Location:

Tyne Cot Cemetery is located 9 Km north east of Ieper town centre on the Tynecotstraat, a road leading from the Zonnebeekseweg (N332). The cemetery itself lies 700 meters along the Tynecotstraat on the right hand side of the road. Tyne Cot or Tyne Cottage was the name given by the Northumberland Fusiliers to a barn which stood near the level crossing on the Passchendaele-Broodseinde road. Three of these blockhouses still stand in the cemetery; the largest, which was captured on 4 October 1917 by the 3rd Australian Division, was chosen as the site for the Cross of Sacrifice by King George V during his pilgrimage to the cemeteries of the Western Front in Belgium and France in 1922. The Tyne Cot Cemetery is now the resting-place of nearly 12,000 soldiers of the Commonwealth Forces, the largest number of burials of any Commonwealth cemetery of either world war.

Information courtesy of the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.

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  • Grave marker– Tyne Cot Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens ... May 2022
  • Cemetery– Tyne Cot Cemetery … photo courtesy of Marg Liessens ... May 2022
  • Photo of WILLIAM FREDERICK DODDS– William Frederick Dodds
  • Photo of WILLIAM FREDERICK DODDS– Photo of William Dodds – Written on the back of the postcard is: What do you think of this. It isn't very good but as I am unable to get better ones of present it will have to do. Yours WFD
  • Photo of William Dodds– Written on the back of the postcard is:
What do you think of this.  It isn't very good but as I am unable to get better ones of present it will have to do.  Yours WFD
  • Photo of William Frederick Dodds and Friend– Cecil Betts (friend) & Willie Dodds
  • Photo of WILLIAM FREDERICK DODDS– Postcard front of William's father Robert and his team of horses.
  • Attestation Papers– Description of William F Dodds, Certificate of Medical Exam, Certificate of Officer Commanding Unit.
  • Attestation Papers– Attestation Paper for William F Dodds.
  • Document– Casualty Form - Active Service for William F Dodds.
  • Record of Service– William F Dodds record of Active Service Overseas.
  • Document– Personal record of William F Dodds.
  • Report– Report on William F Dodds dated from Jun 1st 1917 to Dec 8th 1917.
  • Document– Physical information of William F Dodds.
  • Postcard– Postcard from William F Dodds to his father says -What do you think of this. It isn't very good but as I am unable to get better ones of present it will have to do. Yours, WFD
  • Postcard– William writes to his Uncle Robert. Dear Uncle I am sending you the picture of fathers team to let you know how we do our harvest out here (Glenboro, Manitoba). How is everything in your parts. W. F. Dodds -dated Dec 11, 1909
  • Letter– The letter accompanying William's Death Certificate dated Dec 3rd, 1919.
  • Newspaper Clipping– Notice in The Gazette (Glenboro, Manitoba newspaper) about the death of William F Dodds.
  • Letter– Dear Sir, Just a few lines to express my deepest sympathy to you in the loss of your son, Pte. W. F. Dodds in action. He was, I believe, posted as missing at first, but on making inquiries we found he had been killed instantly by a shell on the morning of Nov 6th, just after the objective had been reached when the Canadians made their successful attack. The reason for his being posted as missing was that he was killed near another company, so that none of his own platoon saw him fall. I can tell you, Mr. Dodds, that we all  miss him greatly, he was one of my best men. Although he had not been so very long at the front, he was always happy and cheerful, no matter what was happening. We have the one consolation in the fact that he died as he had lived, doing his duty as a soldier and a man. If there are any further details that I can give you I will be only too pleased to do so. Yours, sincerely, G. Douglas Cameron, Lieut. 27th Battn., Canadians
  • Death Certificate– Death Certificate sent from Ottawa
  • Commemoration Scroll– Commemoration Scroll for Pte William Dodds Canadian Infantry Battalion.
  • Memorial– William Frederick Dodds Memorial Card dated March 1918.
  • Memorial– William Frederick Dodds is on the Wroxeter, Ontario War Memorial where his family relocated.
  • Memorial– William Frederick Dodds is on the Wroxeter, Ontario War Memorial where his family relocated.
  • Monument– Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
Photo courtesy of J. Elliott/J. Rutledge, The Men of Huron WW1 Project
  • Cemetery– Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
Photo courtesy of J. Elliott/J. Rutledge, The Men of Huron WW1 Project
  • Grave marker– William's grave- William F. Dodds 1890-1917
  • Grave Marker– Grave Marker in Tyne Cot Cemetery, Belgium
Photo courtesy of J. Elliott/J. Rutledge, The Men of Huron WW1 Project

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