Veteran Stories:
Alfred Chrisp

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  • Alfred Chrisp enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1914, on his 16th birthday. Collection courtesy of Frances Pluffe Pulscher.

    Alfred Chrisp enlisted in the Canadian Army in 1914, on his 16th birthday. Collection courtesy of Frances Pluffe Pulscher.
  • Over sixty years later, Alfred Chrisp posed for this photo wearing his medals in November, 1979.

    Over sixty years later, Alfred Chrisp posed for this photo wearing his medals in November, 1979.
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I'm Frances Pulscher, my maiden name was Pluffe, and I have some interesting information about my great uncle, Alfred Chrisp. He was born on the 13th of May 1898. He enlisted in World War I on the 23rd of December 1914. When he signed up, he was to be sent over with the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, 44th Battalion, and later on, he was transferred to a unit in the field, the 8th Battalion, and that was the 22nd of July 1915.

He served in England and France, and sustained injuries in 1915 and 1917. From the information that I got from the museum here in Winnipeg, it said that he didn't earn any medals, but when I see a picture of him, I see many medals on his chest. He was discharged from the Army in April 1919.

Alfred and Edward were brothers, so when Alfred signed up, he lied about his age. He said he was twenty years old, but in actuality he was only sixteen. He went overseas and served in France and England, and was wounded twice. But while he was there, who should come along but his brother Edward. Edward had also lied about his age. He was born in 1901, and not 1898 like he said, so he was only fourteen years old when he signed up. They ended up being in the same outfit. I guess Alfred told on his brother, and anyway, they sent him back home. So that was the end of his World War I experience. I thought that was kind of interesting – both brothers lying about their ages and both too young to even be there.

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