I am attempting to do some research on a member of the Valcartier draft, William Henry Porter regimental number 16074. On another website I found that he attested with the regiment in Bermuda on 13 November 1914 with the rank of Private.
I also have copies of his CEF attestation papers signed 20 April 1916 in Chatham New Brunswick where he lists under prior military service as "18 months Drummer with RCR" along with 7 1/2 years militia experience with the 13the Royal Regiment.
With his CEF attestation papers I was able to get from Ottawa his military file under his new number, and therefore know his whereabouts after 20 April 1916 and the units he served with up until his discharge.
I do not know however, where to look or go about finding where he was and what he did between 13 Nov 1914 and 20 April 1916.
Specifically I am wondering as to why he did not go to France with the rest of the RCR's in 1915? How long was he in Bermuda? Where in Canada was he with the RCR as I had thought the regimental depot was in Halifax, so why did he attest for the CEF in New Brunswick and the 132and Battalion instead of with the RCR's?
Are there copies of personnel lists for the regiment, or sailing lists somewhere that I could find out when he left Bermuda, or lists of personnel at the depot in Halifax?
Any assistance you can give me to point me in the right direction so I can answer some of these questions would be greatly appreciated.