TIDY, FRANK OVERTON WILLS

Major Frank Overton Wills Tidy, MC was born 12 June 1886 in Kildonan, Manitoba the son of William Thomas Tidy and Adeline Estella Tidy, nee Wills. At the time of his attestation into the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1914 he resided with his parents at 562 Ontario Street in Toronto. He had served with the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada for 11 years attaining the rank of Captain. A broker by trade he stood 5 feet 11 ½ inches tall and was an unwed member of the Church of England.

During his active service in the First World War he also served with the 9th (Alberta Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, the 198th (Canadian Buffs) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, he was Officer Commanding the Railway Construction & Forestry Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps, and ended the war with the 75th (Mississauga) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.

Surviving the war, he became an accountant and on 26 November, 1936 he married Mildred Staples Morse. They had two children, a son, Wilton Mores Tidy in 1939 and a daughter, Ashley Wills Tidy in 1941. On 4 May 1959 Frank died at the age of 73 and on 23 July 1998 Mildred died. Both are interred in Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Plot C, Section 5, Lot 8 along with Mildred’s parents J. Wilton Morse d.1922 and Alvaetta Morse, nee Staples d.1954

Also interred in the same grave Mary Elizabeth Morse d.1893

Memorial ID – 78771396

Record of Service

  • 1903 – Taken On Strength by the 2nd Regiment “Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada”
  • 1909, 16 Feb – Date of Commission
  • 1912, 28 May – appointed C.M. No. 3 Company, 2nd Regiment “Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada” and held the rank of Captain
  • 1914, 14 Aug to 21 Sep – placed on Active Service and seconded to the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force located at Valcartier Camp, Quebec with the rank of Captain
  • 1914, 29 Aug – Medical Examination – Valcartier Camp
  • 1914, 22 Sep – Attested and Taken On Strength by the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Captain –  Valcartier Camp
  • 1914, 22 Sep to 03 Oct – date of sailing from Canada to England
  • 1915, 19 Jan to 26 Feb – admitted to No.1 General Manor House – Bulford – Tonsillitis
  • 1915, 10 Feb – Taken On Strength by the 9th (Alberta Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Tidworth Camp
  • 1915, 08 Mar – appointed Adjutant, 9th (Alberta Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Shorncliffe Camp            
  • 1915, 02/03 May – embarked in England for France
  • 1915, 03 May – Taken On Strength by the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force with the rank of Captain
  • 1915, 05 May – arrived unit in the field – Bailleul, France and conducted training at Aviation Field
  • 1915, 22 May – the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, CEF was ordered to relieve the 1st (Western Ontario) Infantry Battalion, CEF in the trenches designated as G.H.Q. Line X.16.D.
  • 1915, 24/25 May – the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, CEF was ordered to attack and seize enemy trenches and secure a farm house, a road crossing and a bridge
  • 1915, 24 May – Instructions issued … C Company under Capt Tidy will take the trench moving out through house M 9 and with bombs and bayonet clear the trench beyond the points indicated …
    • 22:30hr – Capt Tidy advised that artillery support had been delayed and his attack moved to 23:30hr
    • 22:30hr – telephone lines were almost immediately cut and HQ unable to advise him that artillery had corrected its delay and to move his attack back to 23:00hr
    • 23:30hr – assault begins
    • 23:40hr – assault party (Capt Tidy) had entered enemy trench and were bombing the trench moving to the left
    • 23:45 hr – assault party report that progress to the right impeded by enemy machine gun fire
    • 23:50hr – attack postponed and the assault party ordered to return to Canadian trenches, which was completed in good order bringing in the wounded
    • 02:00hr to 03:00hr – severe enemy artillery bombardment into 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, CEF trenches
  • 1915, 24 Jun – admitted to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station – Influenza, Trench Fever
  • 1915, 30 Jun – admitted to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station – General Debility, Diarrhea, Dysentery
  • 1915, 06 Jul – Medical Boards – Not Yet Determined medical condition – Returned to Duty
  • 1915, 27 Jul – after reports of enemy being seen in a wheat field 150yds away in an area thought to contain an enemy sniping post or an enemy advanced station Capt Tidy, No 9648 Pte J. Bruno, No 63198 Pte N.A. Candlish and No 18966 Pte M. Lubervich are ordered out to cut them off. Circling around behind the enemy post and closing within six yards the enemy were taken completely by surprise. Two of the enemy surrendered at once to Capt Tidy. A third man at first held up his hands but then fired on the patrol. Pte Bruno returned fire with two shots killing the 25th Bavarian Regiment soldier.
  • 1915, 31 Oct – departs for leave – Bailleul Train Station ETD 06:27hr 01 Nov 1915
  • 1915, 01 Nov to 08 Nov – granted leave
  • 1916, 01 Jan – London Gazette Supplement No. 29422, pg. 73 – Mentioned in Dispatches
  • 1916, 05 Jan to 19 Jan – attached to the Canadian Divisional Training School
  • 1916, 11 Jan – London Gazette Supplement No. 29438, pg. 591 – Awarded the Military Cross
  • 1916, 16 Jan – awarded Military Cross on parade (Pte Bruno awarded Distinguished Conduct Medal)
  • 1916, 08 Feb to 16 Feb – granted leave
  • 1916, 10 Feb – Medical Boards London – unfit for General Service for 2 ½ months – General Debility and Diarrhea, Dysentery – billeted at Curzon Hotel, Mayfair, London
  • 1916, 15 Feb to 24 Apr – Leave to Canada – sailed to Canada aboard the S.S. Scandinavian
  • 1916, 16 Feb – Struck Off Strength by the 3rd (Toronto Regiment) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1916, 06 Mar – promoted to Major and retained in Canada for duty with 198th (Canadian Buffs) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force – Toronto
  • 1916, 12 Oct – Medical Examination at Camp Borden
  • 1917, 26 Jan – Resigned Provisional Appointment with the 198th (Canadian Buffs) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1917, 29 Jan – Struck Of Strength of the 198th (Canadian Buffs) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force being permitted to resign his Provisional Appointment – Toronto
  • 1917, 15 May – Taken On Strength as the Officer Commanding Railway Construction & Forestry Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps with the rank of Major – Ottawa
  • 1917, 25 Jul – Medical Examination – Rockcliffe Camp, Ottawa
  • 1918, 25 Mar – sailed from Canada to England and Taken On Strength by the Overseas Military Forces of Canada, Canadian Forestry Corps with the rank of Major
  • 1918, 03 Apr – arrived England
  • 1918, 04 Apr to 12 Apr – attached Canadian Forestry Corps, Base Depot and appointed Battalion Musketry Officer – Sunningdale, Berkshire, London
  • 1918, 12 Apr to 27 Jun – attached HQ Canadian Forestry Corps – London
  • 1918, 28 Jun to 16 Nov – On Command Canadian Forestry Corps, Base Depot – Sunningdale, Berkshire
  • 1918, 16 Nov – was to be transferred to 1st Central Ontario Regiment Depot but order was amended and proceeded to 75th (Mississauga) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force on supernumerary establishment
  • 1918, 18 Nov – London Gazette No. 31103, p.160 – To be Temporary Major with the 1st Central Ontario Regiment
  • 1918, 24 Nov – joined 75th (Mississauga) Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force in the field as reinforcement
  • 1918, 03 Dec – attached to 11th Brigade HQ, Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • 1919, 29 Apr – proceeded to England and Taken On Strength “A” Wing, Canadian Concentration Camp, Bramshott Camp
  • 1919, 02 May – Dental Examination for Demobilization– Bramshott Camp, Hants
  • 1919, 31 May – Taken On Strength “S” Wing Canadian Concentration Camp for Duty
  • 1919, 22 Jul – Medical Boards – Haemorrhoids – Fit for Garrison Duty, Unfit for General Service for six months – Witley Camp
  • 1919, 23 Jul – Dental Examination for Demobilization – Bramshott Camp, Hants
  • 1919, 13 Aug – Medical Examination Upon Leaving the Service of Officers … who have no Disability
  • 1919, 16 Aug – embarked in Liverpool aboard S.S. Belgic for Canada and Taken On Strength by Military District No. 2
  • 1919, 24 Aug – General Demobilization – Toronto

With information from:

Library and Archives of Canada

Reference: RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 9690 – 51

Library and Archives of Canada

War Diaries – 3rd Canadian Infantry Battalion

Reference: RG9-III-D-3. Volume/box number: 4914. File number: 356. Container: T-10706. File Part 1=1914/10/14-1915/12/31; 2=1916/01/01-1917/03/31

Canadian Great War Project

http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/searches/soldierDetail.asp?ID=121724

London Gazette

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29422/supplement/73

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/29438/supplement/591

https://www.thegazette.co.uk/London/issue/31103

Mount Pleasant Cemetery – Find A Grave

https://www.finditatmpg.com/Details.aspx?GID=ucNYwzUDAnxbBEzCArmFCg%3d%3d

findagrave.com

https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/78771396/frank-overton-tidy

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