Brothers – Joseph Alec Bounds & Frederick Harold Bounds

Both brothers emigrated from Wales to Canada at the turn of the 20th century and were working as carpenters in Alberta when WW1 broke out. Both enlisted in January 1915 when the call went out for men to serve. Alec (29 years old) enlisted in Edmonton with the Canadian Expedition Force 49th Battalion. Fred (22 years old) enlisted in Calgary with the Canadian Expedition Force 50th battalion. They both had tours of duty at the front in France. They both served until demobilization in June 1919.

Alec was appointed a lance corporal in July 1916. He was severely injured in September 1916 during the Battle of the Somme. In December 1916 he had his leg amputated and had chronic loss of strength in his right arm. Post war he returned to Wales, married, raised a family and had a successful career teaching carpentry in schools.

Fred was awarded a good conduct badge in March 1917 after 2 years of service. He was twice given medical leave for injuries. In May 7, 1917 during the Vimy Ridge campaign, while serving with the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Corp, was wounded in the leg. He did recover. Post war he returned to Calgary, married, raised a family and had a long career with the City of Calgary.

Submitted by Gregory Bounds