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Soldier Information Cards - World War One
Description Level
Item
Date Range
1919-1921
Collection
Soldier Information Cards - World War One
Scope and Content
A white index card containing the name, rank and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a red cross.
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Part Of
Soldier Information Cards - World War One
Description Level
Item
Accession Number
WW1_B_114
Material Details
Cards
Physical Description
20.6 cm (W) X 15.5 cm (H)
30.7 cm (W) X 25.5 cm (H) with mat/border
Language
English
Date Range
1919-1921
Citation
Kitchener Public Library - Soldier Information Card Collection - World War One
Scope and Content
A white index card containing the name, rank and military history of a soldier of Waterloo County. Card also includes a red cross.
Storage Location
SIC WW1 Box 1
Name Access
Bender, Louis
Subject Access
Military life
Soldiers
World War One, 1914-1918
Place
Bouchoir, Picardie, France [Place of burial]
Wellesley, Ontario, Canada [Place of memorial]
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada [Place of departure for military service in Europe]
Amiens, Picardie, France [Place of military service and death]
Byng, Ontario, Canada [Place of work]
Bamberg, Ontario, Canada [Birthplace]
St. Clements, Ontario, Canada [Place of residence]
Geographic Access
Bouchoir, Picardie, France
Wellesley (Village), Ontario
Halifax, Nova Scotia
Amiens, Picardie, France
Byng, Ontario
Bamberg, Ontario
St. Clements, Ontario
Notes
Bender, Louis Cornelius Private. Private Louis Cornelius Bender, son of Rosina Seck (Heck, Hecke) and Adam Bender, was born on a farm just outside Bamberg, Ontario on November 11, 1887. Louis was the 7th of 10 children. He was baptised Ludwig Bender on November 20, 1887 in St. Agatha Roman Catholic Church, St. Agatha, Ontario by Rev. J. Schweitzer. Sponsors for his baptism were Louis Strauss and Maria Strauss. Louis was working for Mr. J. Lister as a gas driller and lived in Byng, Ontario, when he enlisted in the Canadian Army on April 26, 1916. According to his Attestation Paper he was only 5' 31/2" tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. His father Adam Bender is listed as next of kin. On October 31, 1916 Louis sailed from Halifax on the S.S.Caronia. He served with the 114th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces in Canada, Britain and France. Private Louis Bender fought in World War I in the Canadian Infantry Central Ontario Regiment in the 4th Battalion. He was recognized by his regimental number: 739340. Louis was killed in action on Friday, August 9, 1918, on the 2nd day of the Battle of Amiens. He was one of a Lewis Gun crew and was temporarily engaged on patrol work, when he was hit in the head by a bullet from the rifle of an enemy sniper and almost instantly killed at the Hindenburg Line. Louis was buried in Bouchoir New British Cemetery in Somme, France, Plot 2, Row A, Grave 32. He was bestowed with the British War Medal and Victory Medal. His name is on the Wellesley Cenotaph located in Linwood, Ontario. An extended version of this biography, prepared by the students of Megan Lowe's Grade 5 class of Forest Hill Elementary School (Kitchener), is available upon request in the Grace Schmidt Room of Local History.
Copyright Status
Public domain: Copyright has expired according to Canadian law. No restrictions on use.
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Source Organization
Kitchener Public Library
Collection
Soldier Information Cards - World War One
Transcription
Bender, Louis Private. Killed in action. His home was in St. Clements.
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