Private Alfred Edmund Boyce served in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal only.
According to his enlistment paper he was born on February 22nd, 1877 in Plymouth, England
Trade : printer Religion : Wesleyan He was married
Height : 5′ 5″ Eyes : blue Hair : light Weight : 130 lbs
Name of his wife : Amelia Roseina Sarah Boyce and her address was 3614 Center Street, Calgary, Canada
Information from the 1881 United Kingdom census : He was born in 1873 Plymouth, Devonand was a scholar
Head of Household Thomas W. Westcott. Relation Stepson
Information from the 1901 United Kingdom census : He was living at 19 Tresillan Street in Plymouth, Devon
Trade : painter Wife : Amelia R. S. Boyce
He has two sons Alfred S and Leslie Ronald.
May 7th, 1915 : Enlisted in the 50th battalion in Calgary, Canada. Men who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces had to be between 18 and 40 years of age, Alfred Edmund Boyce lied about his ages in order to enlist. According to the 1881 census, he was born in 1873 making him 42 years old in 1915.
January 1st, 1916 : Transferred to the 9th Reserve Battalion
January 2nd : He was transferred to the 23rd battalion. He never went to France and the two battalions is was posted with were depot battalion, meaning they some kind of a waiting room for the unfit or wounded soldiers.
This happenned quite often, armt recruiters in Canada had to meet some quotas and when number of fit volunteers started to decreased and they could not meet their quotas, the recruiter started accepting men that were not necessarly fir for army duties.
When arriving in United Kingdom all the recruits had to pass a physical test, if they could not pass it they they were sent to medical, examined by a doctor, sent again to another test or sent back to Canada.
February 29th : Proceeded to Canada for discharge
March 4th : Declared medically unfit in Quebec
August 15th, 1916 : Re-enlisted in Calgary, Alberta in the 13th coy Canadian Army Service Corps.
His birth date is now February 22nd, 1875
December 1st, 1918 : Transferred from the 13th coy C.A.S.C. to the 14th coy C.A.S.C.
February 1st, 1919 : Promoted corporal
June 9th, 1920 : He was demobilized
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Private Alfred Edmund Boyce British War Medal