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Ambrose Karl Zapfe


Zapfe, Ambrose Karl, enlisted at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, originally from Park Hill, Ontario. Occupation: banker. Military Service: Private, Corporal, Reg. No. McG 102, 2nd University Company, PPCLI, Attestation Papers. Diary Reference: “On fatigue duty in forenoon with [A.K.] Zaffe [Zapfe] – an ex-bank manager or something of the sort,” 1:19 June ’15. According to Hodder-Williams, Zapfe became a prisoner of war on 2 June 1916 at the Battle of Sanctuary Wood.

Additional Biographical Information:

Zaffe [sic] Ambrose Karl Corporal McGill 102. Born in Park Hill, Ontario April 1888. Employed as a bank clerk before enlisting 7 May 1915 in the 2nd University Company. Arrived in England and posted to 11th Bn. 18 July 1915. Promoted to L/Cpl 21 Jul 1915. Promoted acting Cpl 19 Aug 1915. Crossed to France 24 Aug 1915. Joined the PPCLI in the Armentieres Sector 1 Sep 1915. Promoted Cpl 26 Apr 1916. General Action: Battle of Mount Sorrel. His trench was completely demolished. Reported as missing believed killed in action 24 Jun 1916. Wounded in the right buttock and a fractured skull 2 Jun before being found and taken prisoner 4 June 1916. Reported hospitalised at Lazaret No. 5, Hanover 29 Jul 1916. Discharged to Soltau 26 Oct 1916 where he stayed for nearly two years distributing parcels for prisoners. Interned in Holland 5 Jul 1918. Repatriated to England 4 Oct 1918. Sailed for Canada 10 Mar 1919. Discharged from C.E.F. 21 Mar 1919.” See Stephen K. Newman, With the Patricia’s in Flanders 1914-1918 (Saanichton, British Columbia: Bellewaerde House Publishing, 2000), 187