William Victor Tranter

Sergeant William Victor Tranter in uniform
“I received several letters from you all at once and they were certainly like 5 franc notes to me.”

William Victor Tranter, known as "Vic", was born in Southampton, Ontario on May 24, 1894 to William and Annie Tranter.  William had one brother, Howard, and three sisters, Gladys, Florence and Annie May. 


In 1914, at the age of 20, he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, witnessed by his uncle, Captain Lionel Tranter, of the 32nd Bruce Regiment.  He trained at Valcartier Quebec before sailing to England in October 1914.  By January 1915, Victor was in Dublin.  He arrived in France during the first week of February 1915 and, by the third week of February 1915, he arrived on the front line. 


Vic was always happy to hear of news from home, “I received the Beacons [Port Elgin Newspaper] last night the first one in April & the last in March and was glad to get them.” letters dated April 22, 1915 to his mother and May 7, 1915 “I received several letters from you all at once and they were certainly like 5 franc notes to me.” 


He fought in the Battle of Ypres and the Battle of Festubert, later dying from wounds received at Festubert. 


His May 24, 1915 diary entry reads "Birthday, awaked by the burning of several shrapnel wounds."


Sergeant Tranter made it to the Anglo American Hospital but passed away on June 10, 1915 after at least two surgeries attempting to remove the shrapnel.


He was the first Southampton man to be killed in WWI.


William Victor Tranter was buried in the WIMEREUX COMMUNAL CEMETERY Pas de Calais, France.

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