PAMA, William Perkins Bull fonds, series 8, file 970
Bert Case Diltz was born on February 10, 1894, the son of Charles E. Diltz, a telegraph operator of Port Credit, and his wife, Martha Case. After leaving school he worked as a CN signalman. Bert enlisted at Toronto on February 18, 1916. He was then a student at Trinity College, University of Toronto. He gave his father, Charles E. Diltz of Bronte, Trafalgar Township, as his next of kin. He was described as 5 feet 8¾ inches tall, of medium complexion, with grey eyes and brown hair and with a scar on the right side of his forehead. He stated that he had spent eight months in the Canadian Officer Training Corps. Bert was given regimental number 503162 and assigned to the 4th Division 10th Brigade Signals Company.
The 4th Canadian Division was created in April 1916 from units already in the field or expected to arrive. Because of a lack of space at Shorncliffe, Kent, new units arriving in England were sent to Bramshott, Hampshire, England.
Bramshott Camp (Grayshott Village Archive)
The Division entered the line in France in August 1916. The 10th Infantry Brigade saw action at Ypres, Somme, Vimy, Passchendaele, Amiens and Mons.
After the war Bert received his B.A. from Trinity College and an honours B.A. from Queen’s University. In 1922 he graduated from Columbia University with an M.A. in English. Bert became a teacher at the high school in Lindsay, Ontario. He married Agnes Marcella Henrietta Brown at Knox Church in Toronto, on August 7, 1926. He then began teaching at the University of Toronto and in 1930 at the Ontario College of Education, now known as OISE, the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, where he served as Dean from 1958 to 1963.
Heritage University of Toronto
He wrote several definitive books on English literature, grammar and composition, including Sense and Nonsense: Contemporary Education at the Crossroads, as well as a memoir, Stranger than Fiction, describing his youth and service in the army in World War I.
Bert Case Diltz died at the age of 98 on July 12, 1992.