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C.E.F. C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force)

The Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) was the designation of the field force created by Canada for service overseas in the First World War. The force fielded several combat formations on the Western Front in France and Belgium, the largest of which was the Canadian Corps, consisting of four divisions. The Canadian Cavalry Brigade and the Canadian Independent Force, which were independent of the Canadian Corps, also fought on the Western Front. The CEF also had a large reserve and training organization in England, and a recruiting organization in Canada. In the later stages of the European war, particularly after their success at Vimy Ridge and Passchendaele, the Canadian Corps was regarded by friend and foe alike as the most effective Allied military formation on the Western Front. The Germans went so far as to call them "storm troopers" for their great combat efficiency. In August 1918, the CEF's Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force travelled to revolution-rift Russia. It reinforced an anti-Bolshevik garrison in Vladivostok during the winter of 1918–19. At this time, another force of Canadian soldiers were placed in Archangel, where they fought against Bolsheviks.
2nd Canadian Division 2nd Canadian Division

The formation of the 2nd Canadian Division began in May 1915 in Britain following the arrival of a large contingent of soldiers from Canada. The Division remained in Great Britain only a short time before embarking for France in September 1915. It joined the 1st Canadian Division to form the Canadian Corps. The division was under the command of Major-General R.E.W. Turner, and its members spent a long and bitterly cold winter in a Belgian section of the front between Ploegsteert Wood and St. Eloi, south of Ypres. Infantry units as well as artillery units of the 2nd Canadian Division served in both France and Flanders until Armistice Day.
26th Battalion (New Brunswick Regiment) 26th Battalion (New Brunswick Regiment)

The 26th Battalion (New Brunswick), CEF, was authorized on 7 November 1914 and embarked for Britain on 15 June 1915. It arrived in France on 16 September 1915, where it fought as part of the 5th Infantry Brigade, 2nd Canadian Division in France and Flanders throughout the war. The battalion was disbanded on 30 August 1920.

Battle Honours
MOUNT SORREL * SOMME, 1916, ’18 * Flers-Courcelette * Thiepval * Ancre Heights * ARRAS, 1917, '18 * Vimy, 1917 * Arleux * Scarpe, 1917, '18 * HILL 70 * Ypres 1917 * Passchendaele * AMIENS * HINDENBURG LINE * Canal du Nord * Cambrai, 1918 * PURSUIT TO MONS * FRANCE AND FLANDERS, 1915-18
Maj Belyea Warren Herbert
Rank: Major Maj
Service Number:
Born: Aug 02, 1876 Wickham, New Brunswick
Discharged: Killed In Action

Served In: World War 1
Service: C.E.F. (Canadian Expeditionary Force)
Battle Group: 2nd Canadian Division
Regiment: 26th Battalion (New Brunswick Regiment)
Service Details :
Was wounded in Jan '16 in the Ypres Salient...returned to the 26th on 9 March ' 16....killed on 20 Mar 16 by artillery shelling at "Watsonville" in the operational area of "RE Farm" in the Ypres Salient

1914-1915 Star
The star was awarded to all who saw service an any theatre of war against the central powers between 05 August 1914 and 31 December 1915 except those eligible for the 1914 Star. Canada considered 'overseas' to be service beyond the three mile limit and hence many RCN small ships were entitled to this star. There is no bar. Please note this is only a summary outline of the conditions that apply.
British War Medal
The medal was awarded to all ranks of Canadian overseas military forces who came from Canada between 05 August 1914 and 11 November 1918, or who had served in a theatre of war. Those who had enlisted in the O.M.F.C. in the United Kingdom and had not served in a theatre of war were not entitled to this medal. The requirements for RAF personnel were the same as for the army. Naval personnel were required to have 28 days of mobilized service or to have lost their lives before this period of service was complete. Seamen of the Canadian Merchant Marine who served at sea not less than six months, and crews of Dominion Government Ships and the Canadian Mercantile Marine were also eligible.
Victory Medal (1914-1918)
The medal was awarded to all ranks of the fighting forces, to civilians under contract, and others employed with military hospitals who actually served on the establishment of a unit in a theatre of war between 05 August 1914 and 11 November 1918 (inclusive). It was also awarded to members of the British Naval mission to Russia 1919 - 1920 and for mine clearance in the North Sea between 11 November 1918 and 30 November 1919. This medal was never issued alone and was always issued with the British War Medal.

Service Notes: Prior to the outbreak of war in August 1914 he had been a militia officer, a successful merchant and mayor of Newcastle. “Herb” enlisted in the 26th Bn and was quickly promoted to the rank of major. Major Belyea was seriously wounded in January 1916 and had returned to the trenches on the 19th of March. On that day he wrote a letter of thanks to Miss Jessie McDonald McKnight for the volunteers of the Lower Napan Field Comforts Society. The letter reads as follows: Dear Miss McKnight, The two parcels you sent me from the Lower Napan Field Comforts came to the battalion while I was in the hospital. Our Quarter-Master, Major Pringle, took charge of them, he tells me and distributed them where most needed. Kindly thank the ladies of Lower Napan for their kindness in sending those articles to our men. Everything we get from our homeland is especially appreciated by us. Major Belyea was killed the next day, 20 March 1916, by artillery fire. He is buried in the Loker Churchyard in Loker, Belgium.
Enlisted: February 18, 1915 Saint John, New Brunswick
Pre/Post War: He was a merchant before the war. He also commanded the Newcastle Company of the 73rd Regt (militia) prior to going to the CEF.

Deceased: March 20, 1916 at Belgium
Cemetery LOCRE Churchyard West-Vlaanderen, Belgium
Marker: I. E. 12.
Obituary: Son of George R. and Mary Belyea. Husband of Cora R. Belyea, of Newcastle, NB.
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Researched By: Sean Wilson
Additional research by: Gary Silliker

Maj Warren Herbert Belyea
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Medals and Commendations
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1914-1915 Star
British War Medal
Victory Medal (1914-1918)

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