Category Archives: Canadian Expeditionary Force

Captain William Hall White K.C. – UPDATED

I happened to find a small biography book on this gentleman. He was quite a character and an adventurer. He was not afraid to go where not too many Canadians of his generation went. He lived by the definition of a “true adventurer” The book is available at Shoreline Press.

Captain William Hall White served with the Battleford Column during the military expedition against Louis Riel and with Canadian Army Pay Corps during World War One. He is entitled to the North West Campaign Medal and the British War Medal.

He was born on April 29th, 1856 in Hamilton, Ontario. He had 9 brothers and sisters.

He entered Upper Canada College in 1873. He went to the University of Toronto and was called at the Bar in 1882 and then he headed to Winnipeg. He invested in the real estate booming there but lost all his money. He then moved to Brandon, Manitoba where he arrived on April 2nd, 1882.

He had received a land grant for a piece of land near Piles O’Bones River which later would become Regina. Arriving there on May 20th, 1882, he though his land was not the greatest one and moved to another place. The land he was granted was to be sold for 1 000 000 $ in 1898.

He was named Chief Commissioner of the Board of Commerce of Canada

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North West Campaign 1885

On May 24th 1885 he left his partnership in his law firm and enlisted with the Battleford Column in Birtle, Manitoba. He was appointed a Major. His residence was in Ottawa and he claimed his medal on April 2nd. The Battleford Column was part of the Birtle Infantry Company. The unit was composed of 46 members and their mission was to bring supply to Colonel Otter’s force.

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Battleford Column

He married Frances Cholerton on March 23rd, 1884 in the North West Territories

1886: He was appointed Census Commissioner for the Provisional District of Eastern Assiniboine (south Saskatchewan)

1887: He was appointed crown Prosecutor for nine towns in Saskatchewan

He moved to Slocan City, British Columbia in 1897 and just after 6 months moved to Victoria.

His son Richard White was born on December 5th, 1893

His daughter Phyllis Maude was born on February 14th, 1896 in Winnipeg Canada.

He was a candidate for the 1898 provincial election in the Revelstoke District against James L. Kellie, he lost by just a few votes.

After a business trip to London, he was sent to Dawson City to investigate the action of the local manager of the trading and Exploring Company, a British based company which was doing some mining and merchandizing in Yukon.

He moved to Skagway Alaska in March of 1899. He lived in the Klondike for 5 years.

According to the 1901 census he was in Unorganized territories (Steamers) “Canadian, Selkirk, Nora” (Yukon), while his family was in Toronto Ward No. 4, York West, Ontario

He left the Klondike in the fall of 1904 and moved back to Vancouver, British Columbia

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His address: «The Angela» Victoria, British Columbia. He was a lawyer in Yukon, his medical file mention of his semi-sedentary life.

Spouse: Frances Louisa White            Address: 129 Westbourne Terrace, London West , England

Trade: barrister at law             Religion: Church of England     Status: divorced

Height: 5′ 5″      Eyes: grey       Hair: grey         Weight: 170 lbs.

May 23rd, 1916: He enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in the 143rd battalion (Railway construction

Battalion) as a Paymaster Officer with the Canadian Army Pay Corps. He was named Honorary Captain.

Captain William White in his WW1 uniform with his North West Campaign ribbon

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February 17th, 1917: Sailed from Canada on board the ship SS Southland, he arrived in England on February 27th.

March 23rd: He was transferred to the 24th Reserve battalion

March 5th to the 19th: He was hospitalized for bronchitis at the Military Hospital in Purfleet

May 20th: He ceased to be attached to the 24th Reserve Battalion

May 2nd: He was taken on strength with the 1st Canadian Reserve Battalion

June 7th: All paymasters with the C.E.F. who have been gazetted to hold honorary rank are granted temporary rank from the original date of their honorary rank. (London Gazette 30118)

September 20th: Ceased to be attached to the 1st Canadian Reserve battalion

September 25th: Transferred as a paymaster at the 4th Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke.

He was hospitalized from the 10th to 27th of January 1918 at the 4th Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke for asthma cause by bronchitis.

He was hospitalized from the 14th to the 17th of February at the Canadian Red Cross Officer Hospital in London West (17 North Audley Street) for bronchitis.

July 15th: 5 days leave

February 18th, 1919: Sent to Canada to be a paymaster. Arrived in Canada on February 21st. Transferred at the #2 District Depot (Toronto) Canadian Army Pay Corps, he was posted there until June 10th 1919.

He was transferred to Clearing station Service Command in Quebec where he was posted from June 11th to August 20th, 1919.

He was demobilized on August 20th.

His son-in-law, James Stanley Beatty, received the DFC during WW1

He died on at the age on June 1st, 1948 in Toronto. He was survived by his wife, France, who died on August 7th, 1956. She was the last officer spouse of a Riel Campaign veteran who was still receiving a pension cheque at that time.

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Nursing Sister Beatrice Vidal – UPDATED

Nursing sister Beatrice H Vidal served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She is entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

She was born in Quebec City, Quebec on August 6th, 1874

She was the third wife of General Beaufort Henry Vidal. He died in March 2nd 1908. When the general son’s, Maurice Henry Vidal, enlisted at the end of September 1915, he gave her mother-in-law as his next-of-kin. Her address was 190 Cobourg, Ottawa, Ontario

She enlisted on April 16th, 1916 in Taplow, England

Height: 5′ 1″             Weight: 110 lbs.       Religion: Roman Catholic

Eyes: blue                  hair: fair

She gave her son-in-law, Maurice Henry Vidal, as her relation (not a next-of-kin). He was her deceased husband child. She was a Nursing Sister with the CAMC in Canada on enlistment.

To be home Sister on February 9th, 1916

Daughter: Madame J. A. LeRoyer, 78 Malborough, Ottawa, Ontario

She proceeded to France on March 3rd, 1917

She was posted with the 6th Canadian General Hospital on March 6th.

She was admitted at the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital (neurasthenia) in Abbeville on May 9th

She transferred to the 14th Canadian General Hospital on May 10th.

She returned to England on May 18th

She was admitted at the Q.A.I.M.N.S. Hospital (debility) 71 Vincent Square on May 19th.  She was discharged from hospital on May 26th.

Maurice Henry Vidal was killed on July 29th. He was serving with the Canadian Army Service Corps

She sailed from England on HMTS Justicia on September 13th. She disembarked on September 25th.

She was discharged on January 31st, 1918 (Medically unfit). Her medical reports from that period reveal that she was underweight and was not able to get back to her normal weight.

She died on September 15th, 1923 at St-Luke Hospital in Ottawa fo gastro-intestinal intoxication

Her British War Medal, Victory Medal, Memorial Plaque and Scroll were sent to her daughter on Malborough Avenue in Ottawa. No one is entitled to the Memorial Cross.

 

Memorial Plaque to Beatrice H Vidal

Memorial Plaque to Maurice Vidal

August 4th, 1914 – World War One

Private Clifford Hugh Hoskins

June 27th mark the anniversary of the sinking of the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, Private Hoskins was one of the member of the medical personnel onboard that ship.

Private Clifford Hugh Hoskins served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the British War medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on February 19, 1895 in Castle Carey Somerset, England

He was examined on April 14 and enlisted April 16, 1915 in Hamilton, Ontario in the 36th battalion (Peel’s regiment). His number in the active militia was probably A-6310.

Religion : Church of England                 Status : single       Height : 5′ 7″

Eyes : grey               Hair : pale           Weight : 142 lbs.

Trade : He was a dairyman at the Borden Dairy company.

Name of his father : Thomas Hoskins Address : Park Street Castle Careyand

June 19 : He sailed from Montreal on board the S.S. Corsican and arrived in England on June 28.

October 11 : He was sentenced to 18 days without pays for being absent without permission for 8 days.

October 13: He was sentenced to 11 days without pay for refusing to obey a non-commission officer.

May 16, 1916 : He was sentenced to 5 days without pay for refusing to obey a non-commission officer and insulting an officer. At this date he was posted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

June 2: He was transferred overseas to France and sent to the 10th Canadian Field Ambulance on June 15.

October 1 to 7 : He was admitted to the 10th Canadian Field Ambulance for Pyrexia of Unknown Origin

May 10, 1917 : He was admitted to the 2nd Australian General Hospital in Wimereux for Light Asthenopia. He is sent back to his tasks on May 28.

May 29th : He was admitted to the 10th Canadian Field Ambulance. He ceased to be attach to the 3rd Division and transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corps on the same day May 29th to August 23rd : Admitted to the Northumberland War Hospital in Adsforth New Castle on Tyne from Diagnostic : Light Asthenopia

June 11: jaundice             August 3: jaundice is cured

August 23 to September 10 : He was admitted at the Canadian General Hospital in Epsom.

March 21, 1918 : He was transferred on the Llandovery Castle.

June 27 : He died when the Llandovery Castle is torpedoed and sunk by the German U-boat U-86. It happened 140 miles from the coast  of Ireland. The ship sunk in less than ten minutes. On board there was 258 persons and only 24 survived from the attack. The German submarine was commanded by Lieutenant Helmut Patzig and the second in command were Dithmar and Boldt. After the war Captain Helmut Patzig was trial by Germany and sentenced to four years in prison for this attack.

This event was later used to boost the sale of War Bonds with this propaganda poster

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Also during the last push of the last 100 days of the way, the code L.C. (for Llandovery Castle) was used as the code word to signify the launch of the attack

August 13: His body was recovered by United State Naval Force, he was identified and buried at sea. Canadian army report from United State Navy September 23, 1918.

June 24, 1922 : The Death Plaque and Memorial Scroll, Memorial Cross and his medals (British War medal and Victory medal ) were sent to his mother, Charlotte E. Hoskins.

His name is commemorated on at least three memorials

Halifax, Canada Memorial

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The Castle Carey Memorial in Somerset, England

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and finally the Borden Diary Memorial in Toronto, Canada

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Picture of Private Clifford Hugh Hoskins

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Matron Margaret Heggie Smith – UPDATED (photos)

Matron Margaret Heggie Smith served in the Boer’s War and WW1 with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. She is entitled to the Royal Red Cross 1st class with bar, Queen’s South Africa Medal with no clasp, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal.

Her medals are at the Bytown Museum in Ottawa.

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She was born May 24th, 1872 in Ottawa, Ontario

She was the daughter of William Heggie Smith of Ottawa.

She studied nursing at the Blockley Hospital in Philadelphia.

She enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps to serve with the 19th Canadian Stationary Hospital in Harrismith, South Africa during the Boers’ War.

She returned to Canada in late July 1902.

She enlisted a first time on September 25th, 1914. She stated her address as 193 Slater Street, Ottawa, Ontario.

She was 5’ 6” and her religion was Presbyterian

I do not know why but she enlisted a second time on July 6th, 1917 in Orpington, England with the Ontario Military Hospital. On the paper her rank is Matron.

She served for two years in France, and 4 more years as Matron of the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington, Kent, England, which became the No. 16 Canadian Field Hospital in 1917.

Photos of Margaret Smith in France

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She was back in Canada in 1919

July 31st, 1919 : In recognition of her exceptional service, King George V awarded a bar to her her the Royal Red Cross. For the link of her award in the London Gazette click hereSmith LG

She died aged 47 on May 12th, 1920 in Atlantic City. Her funeral service at St. Andrew’s Church in Ottawa and conducted by the Reverend George Fitzpatrick. It was attended by a large number of military officers. Obituary from The Canadian nurse and hospital review : “But years of steady and strenuous duty had its undermining effect, and it was in somewhat impaired health that Matron Smith returned to Canada. After some months’ treatment, she had seemingly recovered her health: and it was whilst in the enjoyment of a well-merited holiday, with friends, at Atlantic City, that, without warning, she was elected to join those “Whom God has called to His mysterious rest.”

She is buried at the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario

Picture of her gravestone

From The Canadian nurse and hospital review of January 1921 “The tablet, which is of handsome design, occupies a prominent place beneath the choir gallery and bears the following inscription: “In affectionate memory of Matron Margaret Heggie Smith, R.R.C., and Bar. Died 12th May, 1920. A Member of the C. A. M. C. Nursing Service since 1902. Served in the South African War and over five years in the Great War. This Tablet is erected by the members of the Overseas C. A. M. C. Nursing Service.

 Picture of the tablet in her honor at St-Andrew’s Church in Ottawa, Ontario

The ceremony throughout was most impressive. Rev. Mr. Kilpatrick referred feelingly to the life of service and sacrifice led by Matron Smith, and pointed out the relation of such a life to other lives dedicated to Christ. There were three points of contact: 1, the inspiration of love; 2, the swift recognition of need, human and divine; 3, a measureless sacrifice. These things, the preacher said, should call forth notes of thanks giving and pride, as in the old days, at an hour of sacrifice, they sounded the trumpets and sang the songs of the Lord. The memory of Matron Smith, Rev. Mr. Kilpatrick said, should lead to a high resolution to keep faith with those who died for the nation.
As the preacher delivered the words “To the glory of God and in pride and loving memory this tablet is now dedicated,” Mrs. Meighen pulled the cord and a thin silk Union Jack fell away and revealed the tablet. This was followed by a brief dedicatory prayer and the singing of the Doxology.”

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Nursing Sister Sadie Saint-Germain – UPDATED

This is the story of Nursing Sister Sadie St-Germain who I decided to revisit since I found some new and interesting information on her. Not listed on the Official list of WW1 casualties but her cause of death was linked to her war service on an official Canadian Government document (see below). This put the total of casualties to 63 Canadian nurses serving with the Canadian Army Medical Corps died of cause related to war.

Nursing Sister Sadie Saint-Germain served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

She was born on July 21st 1884 in Hull, Quebec

She enlisted on August 10th, 1916 in Kingston, Ontario

Her mother was Mrs St- Germain and living at 321 James Street in Ottawa, Ontario

Height : 5’ 5’’1/2      Weight : 107 lbs.    Religion : Baptist

She sailed from Canada on August 16th, 1916 on SS Ascania.

She was hospitalised for a bronchitis on January 3rd, 1917. Everything was back to normal on February 14th.

She was attached to the Kitchener Military Hospital in Brighton on March 8th.

She proceeded to France on September 18th. She was transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on arrival.

She was posted with the 2nd Canadian Stationary Hospital on December 21st, 1918.

She was posted with the 10th Canadian General Hospital on February 18th, 1919.

She sailed from England on May 13th on SS Northland and arrived in Halifax on May 23rd.

She was demobilised on May 26th, 1919.

She died on May 3rd 1923 .Buried in Saint-James Cemetery in Hull, Quebec
Obituary from the Ottawa Citizen May 4th, 1923.
St – Germain – Passed away suddenly May 3rd 1923, nursing sister St-Germain Funeral private from brother residence 122 Cartier Street. Please omit flower.

Below is Nursing Sister Sadie St-Germain Certificate the cause of death. Her death was related to her war service but no Memorial Plaque or Memorial Cross were issued to her family. Her file is quiet about that. Her brother was still alive when she died so technically he should have received one but he did not. Why? History is silent about that

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Nursing Sister Sadie St-Germain gravestone in St-James Cemetery in Hull (now Gatineau)

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Warrant-Officer Francis John Waddel

Warrant-Officer Francis John Waddel served with Canadian Army Ordinance Corps during World War One. He is entitled to the British War medal, Army Meritorious Service Medal and Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He was born on May 1, 1882 in Chatham, Kent, England.

He enlisted with the Canadian Ordnance Corps on July 19, 1912 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He named his next-of-kin as his mother, Winifred Waddell of Chatham, England, stating that he had 8 years’ previous military service with the Army Ordnance Corps (May 1903 to May 1911), that he was not married and that his trade was that of Soldier.

He was appointed Lance Corporal on October 1, 1914, leaving for service in England shortly thereafter and was taken on strength from Canada at Ashford, Kent, England on February 1, 1915.

Eighteen days later, he signed his CEF Attestation Paper with the Canadian Ordnance Corps on February 19, 1915 at Salisbury, England.

He was promoted the following month, to Corporal on March 1st and re-engaged for a further period of three years’ general service with the Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford, Kent on July 19, 1915.

He was promoted to Staff Sergeant on October 1, 1915, to Staff Sergeant on February 2, 1916, Sergeant on April 1, 1916 and to Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant on June 1, 1916.

He proceeded to Liphook on command for temporary duty on July 20, 1916, later on command at Crowborough from November 15 to 17, 1916, then proceeded to Pluckley on command from January 19 to 29, 1917, before returning to No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford.

He was granted permission to marry Edith Randall on April 26, 1917 at Ashford. Together they had two children: Francis William who was born on May 15, 1918 while at Ashford, the other is unnamed in his records.

He was to be Acting Sub Conductor (Warrant Officer, Class I) with pay and allowances on February 4, 1918 and signed his Re-Engagement Paper on July 22, 1918, re-engaging for three years’ service at Ashford, Kent, later being named Acting Conductor on August 1st.

He was transferred from No. 1 Detachment at Ashford and was placed on command to No. 2 Detachment at Ashford on May 21, 1919.

He was awarded his Meritorious Service Medal, in recognition of valuable service rendered in connection with the war on June 13, 1919. He ceased to be on command at No. 2 Detachment on rejoining No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at Liphook on June 18th. He was then placed on command to No. 7 Detachment COC at Witley on June 23rd, saw a promotion to Staff Sergeant on August 18th, then struck off strength of No. 7 Detachment to No. 2 Canadian Ordnance Corps at Liphook on December 31st.

Waddell was struck off strength to No. 1 Detachment Canadian Ordnance Corps at London on February 1, 1920 and by the end of the month, was struck off strength of No. 1 COC on transfer to Canada and attached to the CEF in England on February 29th.

The following day, he was taken on strength from the Overseas Military Forces of Canada at London on March 1st to overseas detachment. He was to remain in England for next six months, before being struck off strength of the overseas detachment to Canada for further duty, embarking on the S.S. Grampian and arriving in Canada on September 29, 1920 and was discharged in Ottawa on October 1st, stating his proposed residence as Halifax, Nova, Scotia. He never went to France so he is not entitled to the Victory Medal.

He signed his Permanent Force of Canada Attestation Paper with the 6th Detachment of the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps at Halifax on October 15, 1920.

He was listed as Category A (General Service). He saw a provisional promotion to Squadron Quartermaster Sergeant at Halifax on November 20th, then reverted to the rank of Staff Sergeant on August 1, 1921.

He was discharged on July 18, 1922 as a Staff Sergeant at Halifax, “In consequence of his service being no longer required”, with his conduct noted as “Exemplary”.

For his long service, Waddell was awarded the Permanent Forces of the Empire Beyond the Seas Long Service and Good Conduct Medal.

He and his wife later moved back to England, settling in Ashford where he died on January 26, 1979, at Ashford, County Kent, at the age of 96, his death attributed to a combination of cardiac failure in conjunction with myocardial degeneration, along with carcinoma of his bladder. He had also been diagnosed with senility and dementia.

Private Frederick Thomas Charlton

Private  Frederick Thomas Charlton served in the 2nd battalion (Ottawa) with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory medal.

He was born on April 29 1897 in Eastman, London, England

He enlisted on September 23rd 1914 in Valcartier, Quebec in the 2nd battalion G company. (He was a minor)

Trade : tanner

Religion : Church of England  Status : single

Height : 5′ 8″  Weight : 136 lbs

Eyes : blue Hair : brown

Name of the mother : Alfred Charlton Address : Whitby, Ontario

He embarked on SS Cassandrian in Quebec City, Quebec on September 30th, 1914. The ship arrived in Gaspe Basin on October 2nd. They departed on October 4th. They arrived in England on October 15th. Arrived on Salisbury Plain on October 25th.

November 14th:The 2nd battalion is inspected by the King. They did drill, physical training and musket training. They began to practice attack at regimental level around mid-December.

February 4th, 1915 : The 2nd battalion is inspected by the King.

February 7th : The battalion proceeded to Amesbury. They arrived in Avenmouth on the 8th. And then embarked on the SS Blackwell

February 11th : They disembarked in St Nazaire, France. They Arrived in Armentieres on February 17th.

February 22nd : He was hospitalized for ulcer at a toe (probably because of too much marching)

August 3rd : He was transferred to the 2nd battalion and joined the unit on the 7th.

August 31st : He was wounded in the field (probably by a sniper). He was transferred to the Casualty Clearing Station on September 1st “While digging trenches was hit in right side of the chest by a rifle bullet. He was in hospital about 2 ½ months”

October 1st : He was transferred to England

He was declared medically unfit on January 6th, 1916. He sailed to Canada on SS Missanabe on the next day

March 25th : He was admitted to the Central military Convalescent hospital

April 3rd : His father enlisted in the 182nd battalion (868093)

He enlisted a second time in the Royal Canadian Dragoon on September 29th, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario (number 550284). It was not rare to see someone enlisting a second after being discharged or refused to serve.

September 30th : He embarked on SS Missanabe and arrived in England on October 13th.

May 5th, 1917 : He was transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regiment (Depot regiment)

April 19th, 1918 : He was granted permission to marry to Adelaide Charlton

December 5th : He embarked on the H.M.T. Minnedosa and arrived in St John New Brunswick on December 14th.

He was discharged on January 15th, 1919

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Private John McLeod

Private John McLeod served with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War one. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal.

Typical WW1 medasl trio

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He was born on October 11, 1883 in Stornoway, Scotland.

He enlisted with the 48th Infantry Battalion on March 31, 1915 in Victoria, British Columbia, he named his next-of-kin as his father, J. McLeod of Stornoroy.

He stated that he had previous military service with the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers, that he was not married and that his trade as that of Blacksmith.

The 48th Battalion sailed July 1, 1915 aboard the R.M.S. Grampian, arriving in England on July 10th.

He was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Brigade on October 15, 1915 for service in the French theatre and placed with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles on January 2, 1916 in France. McLeod was wounded at the Battle of St. Eloi, suffering severe shrapnel wounds to his right forearm and admitted to No. 4 General Hospital at Camiers on April 11th. After three days, he was invalided wounded to England on the 14th and admitted to Kitchener Hospital in Brighton on the 15th, then transferred to the Canadian Division Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on June 8th.

After two months hospitalization in France and England, he was discharged on July 12th and transferred to the 35th Reserve Battalion. He saw another transfer, this time to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Crowborough on August 13, 1916, before being transferred to the Machine Gun Pool on February 7, 1917.

He arrived in France the following day and joined his new unit, the 13th Machine Gun Company in the field on the 14th. He was wounded at Vimy, suffering shrapnel wounds to both arms and shrapnel fragments in his left knee on May 3, 1917. He was admitted to No. 10 Stationary Hospital at St. Omer on May 5th, subsequently invalided to England one week later, and admitted to Military Hospital at Bagthorpe, Nottingham on May 12th. After two months treatment, he was transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Bearwood at Wokingham on July 14th, then discharged four weeks later on August 11th and posted to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot at Hastings. The knee continued to bother McLeod, as fragments remained embedded in his knee. He was admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne on August 30th, where an attempt was made to rectify the situation. A month later, he was discharged on September 29th and returned to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot.

On January 1, 1918 he was posted to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot . In his Proceedings of a Medical Board document, dated April 18, 1918 at Seaford, Sussex, it noted the fragments of shrapnel in his left knee that were causing swelling and tenderness, with the doctor noting that McLeod “complains of pain in the left knee”. In another report, it noted that there was a “foreign body in (his) left knee joint” on November 18, 1918 and that he was somehow declared “Fit for Duty”. McLeod was attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot at Buxton for return to Canada, sailing on December 7, 1918 and later taken on strength at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 16, 1919 at New Westminster, British Columbia, it was noted that there was a “Foreign body in (the) left knee joint causing slight pain and stiffness in (the) joint.” It was recommended the he declared “Medically unfit.”

It also stated that he was now married to Mary McLeod of Vancouver. He was discharged by reason of “Medical Unfitness” on January 29, 1919 at District Depot, Military District No. 11 in Vancouver, British Columbia, credited with having served in France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

He died on January 14, 1950, at the age of 66

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Private John Shaw

Private John Shaw served in the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Québec regiment) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born on April 29th, 1888 Montreal, Quebec

He enlisted on June 12th 1915 in the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles regiment in Montreal, Quebec. He had served in the Home Guard before enlisting. His trade was butcher

Religion: Church of England    Height: 5′ 11″    Weight: 145 lbs

He was married to Hannah Marie Shaw who was living at 52 Richmond Street, Montreal

October 24th : He landed in France

September 29th 1916 : He received injury to head and face. Hit by an unknown projectile (probably shrapnel) at the Battle of Somme

March 10th 1917: He was transferred to the 2nd Quebec Regiment Depot

May 9th : He was transferred to the 23rd Reserve battalion

November 6th : He sailed to Canada on SS Olympic

November 21st : He was hospitalized in Montreal

January 18th 1918: He was discharged in Montreal (medically unfit). His address on discharge was 252 Guy Street

He was still alive in 1961

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Private John Shaw British War Medal

Nursing Sister Jessie Nelson King

Nursing Sister Jessie Nelson King served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during World War One. She is entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

She was born on June 8th, 1892 in North Vancouver, British Columbia

Height : 5′ 4″     Weight : 128 lbs.           Religion : Anglican

She graduated from the provincial Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria British, Columbia in 1916.

She enlisted on April 28th, 1917 in Victoria, British Columbia

She sailed from Canada o May 30th, 1917 and disembarked in England on June 14th.

Posted with the 9th Canadian Stationary Hospital on June 21st, 1917.

She was posted with the 12th Canadian General Hospital on October 12th and transferred to the 1st Canadian General Hospital on November 8th, 1917.

She was hospitalized at the 14th General Hospital in Wimereux for influenza on November 2nd, 1918.

hospitalized on March 5th, 1919 at the 14th Stationary Hospital (Dangerously ill, condition desparate)

On March 30th she was still dangerously ill (condition unchanged)

She died on April 4th, 1919 at the 14th Stationary Hospital in Boulogne at the age of 26 (cerebro spinal meningitis). She is buried in the British cemetery in Terlincthun, France XIV. A. 2.

Medals (British War Medal, Victory Medal), Memorial Plaque and Scroll and the Memorial Cross were sent to her mother Clara Amy King at 1246 Balmoral Road Victoria, British Columbia

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Picture of her gravestone

Private Josaphat Delisle

Private Josaphat Delisle served with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

British War medal and Victory Medal

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He was born on April 3, 1891 in Valleyfield, Quebec.

He signed his Attestation Paper with the 57th Regiment, Canadian Engineers on September 27, 1915 in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 24, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Sarah Belduc (probably Bolduc) Delisle of Longueuil, Quebec.

He stated that he had no previous military service, that he was married.

His trade was that of Auto Mechanic. Three days later, he was transferred to the 41st Battalion “Canadiens Francais” on September 30th. The Battalion sailed October 18th aboard the S.S. Saxonia, arriving in England on October 28, 1915.

Three weeks later, he was sentenced to Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent without leave at parade at Bramshott, forfeiting one days’ pay, on November 12th.

He was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion on February 19, 1916, landing in France three weeks later, on March 9th. He was nine days in the French theatre, on March 18th, when he suffered a gunshot (shrapnel) wound to his right elbow at Ypres. He was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station the same day. The following day, he was transferred to No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, where the “Shrapnel (was) removed.

He did endure a fever from the 20th to the 26th, spiking on the 22nd at almost 104 F but eventually it subsided. On March 27th, he was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria, where he was transferred to King George’s Hospital, Stamford St., London on the 28th, taken on strength at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Folkestone on April 4th.

After five weeks at King George’s Hospital, he was transferred to the Grand Duchess George of Russia Hospital at Harrogate on May 3, 1916, where he was to spend the next five months, before being transferred again, this time to the 2nd Northern General Hospital at Leeds on October 15th, for an additional month’s hospitalization. He was subsequently transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on November 16, 1916. In his Medical Report of an Invalid, dated December 9, 1916 at Epsom, it confirmed that he was injured at Ypres on “17.3.16 (when) shrapnel struck him on right elbow, shattering the joint, that he was “wounded on active service in the presence of the enemy”. It was recommended that he be invalided to Canada, his general health declared to be “good”. Although his early operation consisted of “washing out (of the) wound & removal of (the) shrapnel”, his disability was determined to be “permanent”, that the extent of his capacity for earning a full livelihood in the general labour market lessened at present to “1/2 permanently. Evidence in (his) papers of infection in (the) wound, forearm fixed in position, midway between pronation and supination. Elbow solidly fixed at right angles. Right arm involved.” He was discharged December 19th and placed on command to the Canadian Convalescent Depot at Hastings on December 22nd. He ceased to be attached to the CCD and was struck off strength at Buxton for Canada, on January 13, 1917.

Three days later, he embarked Liverpool aboard the S.S. Northland on January 16th. In his Proceedings of a Medical Board at Discharge Depot Report, dated January 26, 1917 at Quebec City, Quebec, it was noted that his elbow was fixed at a 90 degree angle, that his degree of incapacity was as 30% and that the condition was permanent. It rendered him permanently unfit for military service, and that an “operation, special treatment or the use of appliances, etc., to lessen incapacity” was approved.

He was discharged from the Army on March 2nd and his pension was granted the following day. Almost nine months went by and Delisle re-attested with the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, signing his second Attestation Paper on November 30, 1917 at Montreal, naming his wife, Sarah, as his next-of-kin, stating that he had previous military service with the 41st Battalion CEF, that he was married and that his trade was that of Mechanic.

He also stated that he had previously been discharged as “Medically Unfit” due to a shrapnel wound to his right elbow. Three weeks later, while at Military District No. 4 Depot in Montreal, he was admitted to Grey Nuns Convalescent Home at Montreal on December 18th. It noted that about November 26th, that Delisle had “noticed pain and swelling below (the) elbow.”

In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 4, 1918 at Montreal, it stated that he had three visible scars, the third of which was at the “site of (the) incision for draining of an abscess, developed about three weeks ago. It was recommended that he be declared Category “E” (unfit for service )

He was discharged from Grey Nuns Convalescent Home on January 12, 1918 and put on outpatient status. Ten days later, he was discharged from the Army again, on January 22, 1918 at Montreal.

As he was declared Class 3, his pension was granted on March 3, 1917.

served with the 3rd Pioneer Battalion with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

He was born on April 3, 1891 in Valleyfield, Quebec.

He signed his Attestation Paper with the 57th Regiment, Canadian Engineers on September 27, 1915 in Montreal, Quebec, at the age of 24, naming his next-of-kin as his wife, Sarah Belduc (probably Bolduc) Delisle of Longueuil, Quebec.

He stated that he had no previous military service, that he was married.

His trade was that of Auto Mechanic. Three days later, he was transferred to the 41st Battalion “Canadiens Francais” on September 30th. The Battalion sailed October 18th aboard the S.S. Saxonia, arriving in England on October 28, 1915.

Three weeks later, he was sentenced to Field Punishment No. 1 for being absent without leave at parade at Bramshott, forfeiting one days’ pay, on November 12th.

He was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion on February 19, 1916, landing in France three weeks later, on March 9th. He was nine days in the French theatre, on March 18th, when he suffered a gunshot (shrapnel) wound to his right elbow at Ypres. He was admitted to No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance, and then transferred to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station the same day. The following day, he was transferred to No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital, where the “Shrapnel (was) removed.

He did endure a fever from the 20th to the 26th, spiking on the 22nd at almost 104 F but eventually it subsided. On March 27th, he was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria, where he was transferred to King George’s Hospital, Stamford St., London on the 28th, taken on strength at the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre at Folkestone on April 4th.

After five weeks at King George’s Hospital, he was transferred to the Grand Duchess George of Russia Hospital at Harrogate on May 3, 1916, where he was to spend the next five months, before being transferred again, this time to the 2nd Northern General Hospital at Leeds on October 15th, for an additional month’s hospitalization. He was subsequently transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park at Epsom on November 16, 1916. In his Medical Report of an Invalid, dated December 9, 1916 at Epsom, it confirmed that he was injured at Ypres on “17.3.16 (when) shrapnel struck him on right elbow, shattering the joint, that he was “wounded on active service in the presence of the enemy”. It was recommended that he be invalided to Canada, his general health declared to be “good”. Although his early operation consisted of “washing out (of the) wound & removal of (the) shrapnel”, his disability was determined to be “permanent”, that the extent of his capacity for earning a full livelihood in the general labour market lessened at present to “1/2 permanently. Evidence in (his) papers of infection in (the) wound, forearm fixed in position, midway between pronation and supination. Elbow solidly fixed at right angles. Right arm involved.” He was discharged December 19th and placed on command to the Canadian Convalescent Depot at Hastings on December 22nd. He ceased to be attached to the CCD and was struck off strength at Buxton for Canada, on January 13, 1917.

Three days later, he embarked Liverpool aboard the S.S. Northland on January 16th. In his Proceedings of a Medical Board at Discharge Depot Report, dated January 26, 1917 at Quebec City, Quebec, it was noted that his elbow was fixed at a 90 degree angle, that his degree of incapacity was as 30% and that the condition was permanent. It rendered him permanently unfit for military service, and that an “operation, special treatment or the use of appliances, etc., to lessen incapacity” was approved.

He was discharged from the Army on March 2nd and his pension was granted the following day. Almost nine months went by and Delisle re-attested with the 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, signing his second Attestation Paper on November 30, 1917 at Montreal, naming his wife, Sarah, as his next-of-kin, stating that he had previous military service with the 41st Battalion CEF, that he was married and that his trade was that of Mechanic.

He also stated that he had previously been discharged as “Medically Unfit” due to a shrapnel wound to his right elbow. Three weeks later, while at Military District No. 4 Depot in Montreal, he was admitted to Grey Nuns Convalescent Home at Montreal on December 18th. It noted that about November 26th, that Delisle had “noticed pain and swelling below (the) elbow.”

In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated January 4, 1918 at Montreal, it stated that he had three visible scars, the third of which was at the “site of (the) incision for draining of an abscess, developed about three weeks ago. It was recommended that he be declared Category “E” (unfit for service )

He was discharged from Grey Nuns Convalescent Home on January 12, 1918 and put on outpatient status. Ten days later, he was discharged from the Army again, on January 22, 1918 at Montreal.

He was declared Class 3, his pension was granted on March 3, 1917.

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Staff-Sergeant Christopher Jones Arnold

Staff-Sergeant Christopher Jones Arnold served with the 14th battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He died while serving in United Kingdom. He was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His mother received the Memorial Plaque and Memorial Cross

He was born on December 29, 1888 in Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England.

He enlisted on September 21, 1914 at Camp Valcartier, Quebec with the 14th Infantry Battalion, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. Louisa Arnold of Wolverton, He stated that he had four years’ service with an Active Militia as a member of the 3rd Regiment Victoria Rifles, that he was not married and that his trade was that of Pattern Maker.

Height: 5’ 6”               Weight: 140 lbs.         Eyes: grey

Hair: fair         Religion: Church of England

The Battalion sailed to England on October 3 aboard the S.S. Andania,

He was appointed Arm. Staff Corporal on January 1, 1915.

He left for the French theatre on August 1, joining the 14th Battalion in the field on the 4th.

He was appointed Arm. Corporal on September 25. He returned to the Canadian Base Depot on October 23rd, remaining there until November 20th, when he rejoined the 14th Battalion.

He was stuck off strength of the 14th Battalion and transferred to the Canadian Ordnance Corps on April 30, 1916. He was promoted to Arm Sergeant the next day, May 1st and transferred to the 13th battalion.

He reported “sick” two days after his transfer, to No. 14 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux with a suspected Enteric Fever on May 2nd. After three weeks, he was invalided and transferred “sick” to England, his condition stated as “Paratyphoid Slight”.

He soon found himself at the University War Hospital at Southampton on the 27th and diagnosed with Paratyphoid.

After ten days and no improvement in his condition, he was transferred to Ardington Park at West Croydon on June 6th and diagnosed Paratyphoid. He was transferred again, this time to Wear Bay Typhoid Convalescent Hospital on June 30, where he was to spend the next two months, to August 29, then transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe on the 30th and subsequently discharged, after four months hospitalization.

He required an additional three weeks at the Canadian Casualty Depot Monks Horton before he was struck off strength to the Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford on September 20.

He was later posted to the 13th Infantry Battalion for a short time.

He contracted German Measles and was admitted to “Isolation” at Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe on January 18, 1917. On February 6th, he was transferred to the Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkestone, diagnosed with Otitis Media (middle ear infection) and discharged two weeks later on the 22nd.

He soon saw a transfer from the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre to the Canadian Ordnance Corps. He is documented as being “on command” at the Ordnance College in Woolwich on October 1, remaining there until February 8, 1918.

He was stuck off strength and proceeded overseas on February 28, taken on strength by the Canadian Ordnance Corps at Ashford on March 1st.

One week later, he was transferred to the 1st Canadian Infantry Battalion in Western Europe on March 8th. He soon saw another appointment, this time to Acting Arm. Staff Sergeant with pay on April 1st.

He was admitted to No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance on June 5 and diagnosed Pyrexia of Unknown Origin and discharged the same day.

He was confirmed in the rank of Arm. Staff Sergeant in the field on July 1 while with the Canadian Ordnance Corps.

He was transferred to the 19th July Infantry Battalion at Witley on October 10th and returned to the Canadian Ordnance Corps on October 26th.

He was taken on strength at the Canadian Base Depot for disposal on October 29th before being transferred to England and posted to the General Depot at Witley on November 1st, whereupon he was taken on strength at the General Depot from the Canadian Ordnance Corps on November 4th.

He was admitted to the 11th Canadian General Hospital at Shorncliffe on November 6th with Chronic Bronchitis. In his medical records, it was noted that he was “seriously ill” and re-diagnosed with “Subacute, Malignant Endocarditis”. He had acquired a “cough” that lasted “most, all of the time”, combined with a shortness of breath, loss of weight and night sweats. His condition worsened over the next two weeks, to the point where he passed away on November 19, 1918.

In February of 1921, his mother, received his 1914-15 trio, The Memorial Plaque and Scroll and the Memorial Cross.

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal

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Private Donald Francis Smyth

Private Donald Francis Smyth served with 1st Quebec Regiment (Reinforcement battalion) with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal.

He was born on July 18th, 1894 in MOntreal, Québec.

He enlisted on October 27th 1917 in Montreal, Quebec in the 171st battalion. The regiment was disbanded in Canada and he was then transferred to the 1st Depot Battalion 1st Quebec Regiment

On enlistment his trade was clerk

Religion : Roman Catholic      Status : single

Height : 5′ 7″      Weight : 135 lbs.    Eyes : blue       Hair :Brown

Name of his father : Joseph Smyth   Name of his mother: Annie Smyth

His address was 31 1/2 rue Balmoral, Montreal

He embarked in Halifax on the SS Melita on April 17th, 1918 and arrived in England on April 28th.

He transferred to the 23rd Canadian Reserve Cyclist Battalion on July 12th. He never went to France andonly stayed in United Kingdom.

He embarked in Liverpool on the Celtic on March 10th, 1919 and arrived in Halifax on March 18th.

He was demobilised on March 20th, 1919.

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Private Donald Francis Smyth British War Medal

November 11th, a time to pause and remember

On the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it is time to pause and remember those who fought on the battlefield, those who never came back and those on whom war left scars and wounds

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Pictures taken at Beechwood and Notre-Dame Cemetery in Ottawa, Canada