CEF Soldier Detail

Lieutenant Benjamin Clifford Pierce
Died: April 9, 1917

Regimental Number:
NA
Survived War:
No
Force:
Army
Regiment:
Canadian Infantry
Battalion:
4th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles
Company:
"A" Company
Place of Birth:
Cape Ozo, Gaspe, Quebec
Country:
Canada
Next of Kin:
Barry Pierce (father,) 58 Victoria Street, Kingston, Ontario
Address at Enlistment:
58 Victoria Street, Kingston, Ontario
Date of Birth:
November 5, 1890
Trade or Calling:
Dominion Land Surveyor
Marital Status:
Single
Prior Military Experience:
Yes
Place of Enlistment:
Brockville, Ontario
Date of Enlistment:
February 3, 1916
Age at enlistment:
25
Height:
Chest:
Expansion:
Religion:
Methodist
Enlisted or Conscripted:
Enlisted
Saw service in:
Europe    
Cause of Death:
Killed in Action
Battle Died/Wounded:
Vimy Ridge. See details below
Date of Death:
April 9, 1917
Age at Death:
26
Buried at:
Ecoivres Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Plot:
VI. E. 13.
Commemorated:
 
Prisoner of war:
No
Interned:
Gender:
Male
Ethnic Origin:
Caucasian
LAC Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 1Box 1Box 7820 - 18
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
Research Notes

Source: The 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, 1914 - 1919 (1926, Captain S.G.Bennett

War Diaries

Nominal Rolls - broken link

Details of death from Ancestry.com which includes a digitized image of the casualty form from the "Canada, War Graves Registers (Circumstances of Casualty), 1914-1948" database
 

Rank Regiment Unit Company
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 4th Regiment Canadian Mounted Rifles "A" Company
Lieutenant Canadian Infantry 59th Battalion
Lieutenant Canadian Militia 46th Durham Regiment
Private Canadian Engineers Canadian Engineers 5th Field Company - Kingston, Ontario

Son of Rev. Barry Pierce (Methodist Minister) and Catherine H. Pierce, of Kingston, Ontario. B.Sc., D.L.S. and O.L.S., Graduate of Queen's University, Kingston, Ont. Enlisted October, 1915, and appointed to the 59th Battalion. Drafted to France June, 1916, and transferred to the 4th C.M.R.

Previous Military Experience

Active in the 46th Durham militia at the time he enlisted.  He had also served 5 months with No. 5 Company, Canadian Field Engineers.

Details of Death

He was in command of No. 1 Platoon, “A” Company, at about 9.30 a.m., on April 9th, 1917, in the attack on Vimy Ridge, and was directing consolidating operations on the edge of La Folie Farm, near “Cable” House when he was shot through the head by a rifle bullet and killed.