Posted 2 years ago
This ID bracelet is on its original leather wrist strap.
When first purchased I misread the unit and thought it said CAV-- meaning a Cavalry unit and probably US. I was disappointed when I realized it was Canadian since I don't usually buy non US items. I thought this would be a hard research project.
To my suprise, information on the soldier and unit was actually easier to find than information on US soldiers. The Canadian National Archives has a database of CEF serial numbers that are linked to enlisted paperwork. I wish the US records were that easy!
It is identified to William Ellis Smith who served in the 107th Canadian Pioneer Battalion. Smith was born 28 SEP 1894.
Smith enlisted for overseas service on 29 MAR 1916 and was initially assigned to the 221st overseas battalion which after sailing overseas in 1917 was disbanded.
At some point Smith became a part of the 107th and had this bracelet made. According to research online, the 107th was eventually disbanded and became part of the Canadian Engineers in 1918.
I do not know if Smith survived the war.