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Sgt. William Carl Ploethner

Sgt. William Carl Ploethner

Male 1891 - 1918  (27 years)

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  • Name William Carl Ploethner 
    Title Sgt. 
    Born 17 Jan 1891  Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Census 1901  Preston, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1911  Preston, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 20 Jun 1918  Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, Lake District, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Buried Penrith Cemetery, Westmoreland, United Kingdom Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I03544  All
    Last Modified 26 Aug 2010 

    Father Oscar Louis Ploethner,   b. 16 Jun 1862, Preston, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 5 Dec 1935, Kitchener, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 73 years) 
    Mother Friederica (Freda) Weiser,   b. 28 Sep 1864, Conestogo, Woolwich Township, Waterloo County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Jul 1937, Kurtzville, Wallace Township, Perth County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years) 
    Married 11 Dec 1888  Neustadt, Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Notes 
    • Found at http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/grey88.htm on Feb 3, 2006

      3926-88 Oscar PLOCTHNER, 26, farmer, Preston, Normanby, s/o August PLOCTHNER & Martha HEISE married Friedericko WEISER, 24, Woolwich Twp, Normanby, d/o William WEISER & Bertha HARMEL, Wtn: Valentino ROEDER of Normanby & Henry SCHILLING of Waterloo Co, December 11, 1888 at Neustadt.
    Family ID F0023  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Josephine Howard,   b. 10 Jan 1894, Creemore, Nottawasaga Township, Simcoe County, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Mar 1986, Regina, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years) 
    Married 1916  Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Helen Josephine Ploethner,   b. 21 Feb 1917, 3rd Avenue East, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Nov 2006, Rosefield Centre, Innisfail, Alberta Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 89 years)
    Family ID F0769  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 17 Jan 1891 - Normanby Township, Grey County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1901 - Preston, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1911 - Preston, Waterloo County, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 1916 - Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 20 Jun 1918 - Eamont Bridge, near Penrith, Lake District, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    No. 9 Platoon, 128 Battalion, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    No. 9 Platoon, 128 Battalion, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    Birthplace of Helen Ploethner
    Birthplace of Helen Ploethner
    3rd Avenue East, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan
    In Grateful Remembrance 1914-1918
    In Grateful Remembrance 1914-1918
    Erected by the people of St. Andrew's Church, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan.
    War Memorial
    War Memorial
    Located on King Street in Preston, Ontario.
    William Ploethner and Mary Josephine Howard
    William Ploethner and Mary Josephine Howard

    Documents
    Birth record of Frederick William Ploethner
    Birth record of Frederick William Ploethner

    Headstones
    PLOETHNER, Sgt William and Private M.C. VAN VLACK
    PLOETHNER, Sgt William and Private M.C. VAN VLACK

    Histories
    Sgt. William Carl Ploethner 1891-1918
    Sgt. William Carl Ploethner 1891-1918
    A compilation of photos, documents and newspaper clippings relating to the life and death of a Canadian solider in World War 1.
    Documents related to homestead of William Ploethner
    Documents related to homestead of William Ploethner

  • Notes 
    • Monument at the Village of Hodgeville, Saskatchewan constructed in 1980 in memory of:

      WW I - Alex Brown, Lester Keith, William Ploethner.
      WW II - Sidney Anderson, William Bechtold, Ed. Neufeld, Tom Rutherford.

      Found at http://www.cdli.ca/monuments/sk/hodge.htm

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      http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/02010602_e.html

      Soldiers of the First World War

      Names: PLOETHNER , WILLIAM
      Regimental number: 781703
      Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7867 - 10
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    • Veteran Affairs Canada listing at http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem/Detail&casualty=2748732

    • Remarkable Scene at Penrith

      The funeral at Penrith Cemetery on Sunday afternoon provided one of the most remarkable scenes witnessed at Penrtih for many years. Sgt. Ploethner was well known and very popular in the town. And this, combined with the tragic circumstances of his death sufficed to begin a wave of sympathy which came to a head in the neighborhood of the cemetery in the assembly of thousands of people.

      It is against the local rules to have Sunday funerals but an exemption was made in this case on account of the Canadians who did not want to sacrifice Monday from work. The interment was accompanied by military honors and long before the procession was due to start the Beacon Road was crowded with people. It had been decided, wisely, in the circumstances not to admit the public to the cemetery. And the regular police had the assistance of band of specials and Canadians from the Beacon to keep the people to the side of the road nearest the town.

      The body had been taken during the forenoon from the Cottage Hospital to the Drill Hall. And it was from the latter place that the procession started. The whole of Portland Place was packed with people, while two dense lines formed a human avenue the full length of Wordworth Street. The coffin, which was draped with the Union Jack and surmounted by the Sgt.ís cap and belt, was placed on a low lumber wagon which was drawn by two Canadian horses on one of which rode a postulant.

      The band, conducted by Mr. J. Varty, lead the procession playing the Death March. Then following, a firing party of 14 men and a bugler from the Winfel camp. Following this was a wagon which was immediately followed by the bearers. All the Sgt. Majors and Sgts. From the West Moreland camp, with the exception of one, the Staff Sgt. from Beacon who had been with Ploethner since leaving Moose Jaw, Canada. Next came the men from Winfell camp under Major Walker and other officers and then followed the Canadians from the Beacon under Captain Spence, Lieut Glenfield and others.
      The Penrith volunteers, commanded by Captain Fleming came next. The rear was being brought up by the cadets under Lieut.ís Kidd and Watson. The remains were met at the gate.

      As the uniformed men had been admitted to the cemetery the gates were locked. While the short service was being held in the chapel, the soldiers were formed in a hollow square around the grave. Before reading the committal sentences the Captain Edmondson gave a short address in which he spoke of the supreme sacrifice made by the deceased in leaving his home in that far away dominion to assist his mother country. He had been to France and was one of the wounded heroes of Vimy Ridge. After being wounded he was put to work in a less exciting but no less noble sphere and now had met his end in this remarkable manner. From the circumstances Captain Edmondson drew the lesson of spiritual watchfulness.

      After completing the service the captain saluted the commanding officer and steeped aside for the firing party. Three volleys were fired, and then the bugler, accompanied by Mr. J. Sanderson and Mr. J. Smith on the side drum sounded the Last Post.

      The soldiers were then allowed to break their line in order to step up to the grave to have a last look at the coffin of their comrade. A few minutes later the soldiers marched away and all was again quiet save for the singing of the birds on the beautiful hillside. There was a magnificent offering of choice flowers including a large wreath formed in the device of the CFC badge sent by his Winfield comrades. Others were from the beacons, officers and men. Another testified to the sympathy of Lieutenant and Mrs. Reeve. One from the Sergeantís Mess was inscribed ďTo a brave Vimy Ridge hero.Ē And the remainder were from Penrith and other local friends.

      After the grave had been filled in the public were admitted to the cemetery. Before leaving, Captain Edmondson plucked a few flowers from the wreath to send to the deceasedís relatives in Canada. A touching close to a pathetic scene.


  • Sources 
    1. [S099161] http://homepages.rootsweb.com/~maryc/grey88.htm.




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