839026 Pte. Frederick Carder was born in Withessfield, England on November 26th, 1897. Immigrating to Canada he settled in North Keppel where he and his wife, Lily, resided when hostilities broke out.


With the raising of the 147th (Grey) Battalion Fred joined the cause attesting to the 147th Battalion on March 4th, 1916, and assigned to "D" Company under the command of Captain Robert Pollock.


The Battalion departed for the training grounds of Camp Niagara on May 19th. As the conditions in the Militia's old training grounds were wanting the unit moved to the new training facility of Camp Borden in late June to carry on with their individual and collective training.


In September the unit received their orders to proceed overseas, while en-route they were detained in Amherst, Nova Scotia, for over a month but due to an outbreak of diphtheria. The unit finally sailed for Great Britain on November 14th, 1916, on the S.S. Olympic, a sister ship to the Titanic.


On January 1st, 1917, the 147th Battalion ceased to exist when it became the nucleus for the 8th Reserve Battalion, whose task it was to supply reinforcements to the 58th Battalion and the 4th C.M.R. Of the 942 Officers and men that sailed with the 147th Battalion, 354 of them were transferred to the 4 C.M.R. Fred Carder would be one of them, being taken on strength of his new Battalion on June 17th, 1917.


Fred served with the 4th C.M.R. through the summer of 1917 and fought through the trials of Passchendaele and into the Final Hundred Days. It was during the Battle of Cambrai that he was wounded on September 28th, 1918.


Private Frederick Carder was struck off strength of the 4th C.M.R. on April 8th, 1919. He would pass away on February 24th, 1958, in Wiarton's Memorial Hospital.






Biography credit: George Auer