Bapty, Walter, 1884-1973

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Bapty, Walter, 1884-1973

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1884-1973

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Walter Bapty was born in London, Ontario. At the age of 15, he became one of the youngest Canadian volunteers to serve in the Boer War. In 1906 he graduated with a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, being a member of the first medical class at Western. He practiced medicine in Calgary before moving to Victoria in 1907. During World War I Bapty served as medical officer with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and later with the 102nd Northern B.C. Regiment. He was gassed at Vimy Ridge, sent back to Canada and appointed medical officer commanding all military hospitals on Vancouver Island. After the war Bapty returned to his medical practice in Victoria. He served as medical officer of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, and later took command of the 2nd Battalion, a post he held until July 1939 and resumed in June 1940. Bapty died in Victoria.

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