Wm. Perkins Bull fonds, PAMA Archives collection.
Major Jeffrey Harper Bull, DSO
Jeffery Harper Bull was born in 1888 and grew up at “Hawthorne Lodge,” the Bull family cattle farm just south of Brampton.
Bull enlisted in the summer of 1915. By July 1916, he was on active duty in France, commanding a Canadian soldiers' company in the 75th Infantry Battalion. In 1917, he was a patient at the hospital for convalescent Canadian officers established by his brother William Perkins Bull, outside of London, England.
Major Bull was awarded the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) for his service at the Battle of Passchendaele, one of the most brutal conflicts of World War I:
His devotion to duty and utter disregard of personal safety during this strenuous and trying period earned for him the respect and admiration of all ranks.
Bull was killed on August 8, 1918 while leading his company on an attack during the Battle of Amiens. After the war, Jeffery's mother accepted the DSO medal personally from His Royal Highness Edward, Prince of Wales, at a ceremony held in Hamilton, Ontario.