Library and Archives of Canada
The 1901 Census for Canada shows us that Melville Henry Caudle age 11 was living in Colchester, Nova Scotia with his father John age 41, born 19/11/1859 of English Nationality, a Toolchecker by trade.
His wife Margaret, age 42 born 3/10/1858 also English Nationality and their children, Maud, 17, Lizzie 15, John 13, and Connie 8.
In 1911 the Census has Melville, age 22 a Clerk by trade married to Ruth age 25, born April 1890 and their two children Cecil age 2 born October 1908 and Edward age 8 months born February 1910.
They were still living in Colchester, Nova Scotia.
Library and Archives of Canada Service Files of 1st WW 1914-1918.
Attestation Papers for Private 901061 Melville Henry Caudle.
Melville enlisted into the 17th (Reserve) Battalion, Canadian Infantry on 2nd March 1916 at Truro, Nova Scotia. He gave his father John T Caudle as Next of Kin.
The 17th Battalion embarked from Halifax, Canada on 12th October 1916 on board the S.S.Olympic and arrived in England on 18th October 1916 when they were posted to Whitley Camp.
Melville was appointed Acting Corporal at Whitley Camp on 23rd October 1916 and at that time was in the 193rd Battalion.
He reverted to Acting Rank L/ Corporal on his own request on transfer to 185th Battalion on 28th December 1916. He remained at Whitley Camp.
On 9th September 1917 Melville was sent on Command to the Canadian School of Cookery, 171 Clapham Rd, London, S9. He remained there until 4th October 1917 when he returned to Whitley.
Melville remained at Whitley camp until 23rd February 1918 when he was transferred to the 17th Battalion and posted to Bramshott Camp and then on to Kinmel Camp, Rhyl on 10th October 1918.
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection. Sadly Melville contracted Bronchial Pneumonia,and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 22nd October 1918 October 1918.
Melville is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
He is commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.