Captain Edward Osler (Tod) Bath
SAC 1905-1907

Capt Edward Osler BathEdward Osler Bath was born c.1892, the son of Percy A. & Alice R. Bath, of Oakville, Ontario. He attended Upper Canada College 1904-1905 and then St Andrew's College from 1905-1907. 

He was working for the Standard Reliance Mortgage Corporation when enlisted as a Lieutenant with the 15th Battalion (48th Highlanders) in October 1914. He was later promoted to Captain and went missing after Langemarck on April 23, 1915. He had been gassed, wounded and taken prisoner of war for three years. He was at Hof Gusmar, Hannvo-Muden where he escaped and was recaptured, and then in camps at Crefeld, Holzminden, and Schwarmsadt before being repatriated in either March or October 1918 because of bronchitis brought on by gas.

He died at age 26 of influenza in London, November 23rd, 1918 and was buried in St. Jude's Cemetery, Oakville on December 28, 1918 (Grave Reference: Family. L 8. Range 24. see picture below).

  • Canadian Virtual War Memorial page for E. O. Bath (which includes a photo of a letter to his mother sent home as a prisoner of war.) This page also includes a link to his commemoration on Page 365 or the First World War Book of Remembrance.

Officers of the 48th Highlanders from "The Red Watch - With the First Canadian Division in Flanders" written by Colonel J.A. Currie, M.P. Published in Toronto in 1916 and dedicated to the memory of the Canadian soldiers who fell in Flanders. In this group portrait Bath is in the second standing row from the top - fifth man across from the left.

Captain Edward Osler Bath's heroism during the 2nd battle of Ypres in April 1915 is described by Col. J. A. Currie in his 1916 account of the 48th Highlanders in Belgium (15th Battalion CEF). "The Red Watch - With the First Canadian Division in Flanders" was published in Toronto and dedicated to the memory of the Canadian soldiers who fell in Flanders. Currie describes the experiences of the 48th from training in Canada to further training at Salisbury Plain in England and their participation in the 2nd battle of Ypres in mid 1915.

Bath, Edward Osler, Captain Mentioned in Dispatches 15th battalion (whilst POW) awarded as per London Gazette 31759 dated 30 January 1920.