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Lieutenant-Colonel George Johnston Stoney Archer

Lieutenant-Colonel George Johnston Stoney Archer, B.A., M.B., B.Ch., B.A.O. served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ War and World War One. He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa Medal (clasps Cape Colony, Orange Free State and Transvaal), the King South Africa Medal (clasps South Africa 1901 and 1902), the 1914 Star, The British War Medal and the Victory Medal.

He was born in the no 3rd Ward in Dublin, Ireland on November 15th, 1875. His father George Thompson Archer and his mother Mary Elizabeth Stoney

He received his degree in medicine 1897 from the University of Dublin

He was promoted Lieutenant on July 27th, 1898 (London Gazette)

He married Ethel Mary Beauchamp on September 4th, 1899 in St-Stephen Parish, Dublin, Ireland. His address at the time was 4 Longfield Terrace North Circular Road. Together they will have four children.

During the Boers War he served with the 5th and 7th Stationary Hospital

He was promoted Captain in on July 27th, 1901 (London Gazette)

He was promoted Major on April 27th, 1910 (London Gazette)

He disembarked in France on August 19th, 1914.

He was promoted Lieutenant-Colonel on March 2nd, 1915 (London Gazette)

He was placed on the ill-heal list on December 23rd, 1920 and he retired on October 25th, 1921 due to his illness contracted while on service. (London Gazette)

In May of 1923, he applied for the Soldier Wound Badge and it was refused to him. This badge was given to soldiers who received wounds or illness during the war

On January 3rd, 1929 he left South Hampton, United Kingdom with his wife on the ship Johan de Wit for Batavia, Java. He is listed as a Lieutenant-Colonel (still). They came back to United Kingdom at the end of the month.

He also bought a piece on land in Gloucestershire in the same year

He died on November 5th 1955 in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire leaving 27293 £.

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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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Nursing Sister Agnes Estelle Alpaugh

Nursing Sister Agnes Estelle Alpaugh served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. Her military file mention that she received the British War Medal, although there was not a long period of time between her enlistment and her death. It is very unlikely that she went to UK and came back to Canada in October.

She was born in 1892 and enlisted on July 4th, 1918.

Died on October 12th, 1918 from Spanish  flu (pneumonia) in a military hospital in New – Brunswick at the age of 26. It was her second attack of this disease.

Her medal (probably entitled only to the British War medal), Memorial Plaque and Memorial Scroll were sent to her father, Robert Alpaugh

The Memorial Cross was sent to her mother at the same adress.

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Nursing Sister Agnes Estelle Alpaugh gravestone in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu Roman Catholic Cemetery

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Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz

Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz served in Egypt in 1882 and 1885, he also served during the Boers’ War. He is entitled to the Egypt medal clasp Suakin 1885, the Queen’s South Africa Medal clasp Cape Colony and the Khedive’s Star.

December 22nd, 1844: Born in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He was educated at Colombo Academy and Queen’s College. His parents were Gerard Henricius  Anthonisz and Abigail Elizabeth Wright.

1862: He went to the Calcutta to do his medical studies. After completing his schooling he entered the Ceylon Medical Service Department where he served for two years.

1867: Graduated M.B. and C.M. from the University of Aberdeen

November 11th, 1870: His name appears for the first time in the Medical Register

Between February 20th and 27th 1871: He passed his examination for admission in the Medical Service of the Royal Navy and then entered the army as Staff-Assistant-Surgeon. On April 1st he was sent to Bombay to be stationed there.

September 12th: Married to Cristian Joanna Sim.

September 19th: Appointed Staff-Assistant –Surgeon.

1873: Promoted Surgeon and posted to the 108th Foot Regiment. His first son Alfred George Henry was born that year and would later become a civil surgeon. He died when struck by lightning in South Africa in 1901.

1874: Birth of his daughter Eshel Maud

1876: Birth of his second daughter, Winnifred Maud

1878: Stationed in Bombay

July 19th, 1879: He was elected as a member of the Asiatic Society of Bombay

1880: Birth of his second son, Edward Guy also became a surgeon and served in WW1 with the British Forces

Egypt Campaign

September 1882: Served during the Egypt Campaign in the Tel-El-Kebir Campaign at the Fork Medical Depot. He was back in United Kingdom in December.

April 1st, 1883: Promoted Surgeon Major and stationed in Barbados

June 1885: He was attached to General Graham Force in Suakin in March. He came to United Kingdom in July arriving at Portsmouth on the Troopship Jumna. He was then posted to Devonport.

1888: He was stationed in Barbados

April 1890: Transferred from Bengal to Aldershot, United Kingdom. He took charge of the Third Station Hospital in Aldershot in June.

April 1st, 1891: Promoted Staff Lieutenant-Colonel

May 15th, 1895: Promoted Brigade-Surgeon (Lieutenant-Colonel)

August 21st, 1896: Appointed to officiate the Administrative Medical Staff of the Bengal Army with the temporary rank of Surgeon-Colonel. He was officially appointed in October. In November he is appointed to officiate as Principal Medical Officer in the Oude and Rohilkind District.

April 1897: Transferred from Bengal to Gosport

Boers’ War

October 6th: Arrived in Durban, South Africa onboard the transport ship Breamer Castle with the 1st General Hospital (From the London Times of October 5th). The hospital was later sent to Cape Town South, Africa where they arrived on October 27th. (From the official history book of the Royal Army Medical Corps). He was in charge of the medical function of the hospital that was then moved in Wynberg, South Africa and then opened on October 30th.

December 1899: Promoted to the rank of Colonel.

While in South Africa in the hospital was inspected by Mrs. Richard Chamberlain and he was accused of mismanagement of the hospital. This did create a commotion and it was found that Mrs. Chamberlain had no experience in hospital management so Colonel Anthonisz was later cleared of any wrong-doing

December 24th, 1900: He left South Africa for England onboard the Wakool. He is listed as invalids. (From the London Times of December 24th).

January 1901: He was sent back to Bombay. In June, he then served in India in the Bombay Command and was appointed Principal Medical Officer Secunderabad and Belgaum Districts. In September he was transferred from Bombay to Madras.

December 22nd, 1904: Placed on the Retired Pay

February 17th, 1905: He retired

December 6th, 1907: Departed from London, United Kingdom and sailed to Calcutta, India on board Jelunga with his wife.

October 27th, 1919: Died at Coonoor, Nilgiri Hills, South India.

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Picture of Brigade-Surgeon Alfred Henry Anthonisz  taken before his departure for South Africa.


Dieppe Raid – 70 years after – The journals of Doc Alexander

Sunday August 19th 2012 will be the 70th anniversary of the Dieppe Raid. To commemorate that anniversary I recommend the reading of the the journals of Dr. L. G. “Doc” Alexander, Medical Officer with the Calgary Tank Regiment during the Dieppe Raid.

His grandson is putting his grandfather war journals online exactly 70th years after the entries were written, it is a fascinating story.

Tomorrow will be the entry of the Raid and I am most curious to see how this how this event was viewed by someone who lived it front row.

I love reading personal war diaries because they give you a real account about what happened. You find many information in these journals that you do get with the official history or books that were written many years after the facts by historian that were never there but try to make an analysis of the events with “if” and interpretation of the facts.

You can go to the website by clicking here.

Major – Dr. Laurence Guy Alexander

I found a blog that is entirely devoted to one man, Dr. Laurence Guy Alexander BA, MD, MBE, MC, and Order of St. John. You will find this blog by clicking here. It’s his journal, his story.

Dr. Alexander served with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1 in the 11th Field Ambulance and as a Medical Officer with the 14th Army Tank Battalion, Calgary Regiment, in WW2, landing on Dieppe Beach on August 19th 1942.

What’s interesting about this blog is the author is posting his grand-father 1942’s entries of his journal, exactly 70 years after the fact. So in 2012 we will be able to follow him with the much anticipated entries of the Dieppe Raid.

I’ve never met Dr. Alexander, but if I had, I’m sure I would have been suspended to his lips, listening to all the stories he had to tell.

Major Laurence Guy Alexander

Brigade-Surgeon Robert Vacy Ash

Robert Vacy Ash was a surgeon and he is entitled to medals South Africa medal 1877-79 (no clasp), Egypt medal (clasp Tel-El-Kebir), India general Service medal clasp Burma 1885-86 and the Khedive’s star 1882

Born on July 17th 1845 in Stratton Cornwall       Father : Robert K. Ash    Occupation : Inn Keeper

House where Robert Vacy Ash was raised in his early years

He was the third son and fourth child of Robert Knott and Mary Ann Vacy.  He was the third born son of the marriage, his elder brothers were Thomas and William,  and he also had an older sister Mary Ann.

1851 census United Kingdom : aged five Robert was living at 62, The High Street, Stratton along with his parents, his two older brothers and an older sister. His father’s occupation is listed as Hotel Keeper

1857 : His sister Mary Ann died.

1861 census : He is living in Paddington, London with an uncle and his brother William.  William and Robert’s occupations are both listed as Medical Students.  Meanwhile his mother Mary Ann Ash is now listed as a widow and continues to live in Stratton, Cornwall.  Her occupation is listed as Inn Keeper in keeping with her carrying on the family business after the death of his father.

March 15th, 1866 : He passed his examination at St-Mary’s Hospital (Medical Times and gazette p. 324 March 24, 1866)

July 24th: He was admitted as a member of Royal College of Surgeons in London at a meeting of the Court of Examiners on the 24th Jul 1866, stated in the British Medical Journal of the 11th Aug 1866.  He was also a Licentiate of the Society of Apothecaries, Licentiate of the Royal College of Physicians and had an M.B. from the University of Aberdeen

1867 : His medical registration with the General Medical Council of the UK for 1867 states that he was living at Stratton, Cornwall

April 2nd : Listed as an Assistant-Surgeon with the Royal South Lincoln Regiment since (Hart’s List 1868)

1868 : M.A. at Aberdeen university

February : Wrote an article in the British medical journal. At the time he was practising in the town of Grantham

1871 census United Kingdom : Boarder at Sarah Richardson home, she was a surgeon widow

It is presumed that he started the year in Truro.  His medical registration with the General Medical Council of the UK states that in 1871 he was living in Truro which is in Cornwall.

September 30th 1871: He joined the Army. He was appointed Assistant Surgeon (London Gazette 8th Mar 1872) and stationed at Cape of Good Hope (Hart’s List of 1871)

1872 : Service in Dover, Kent

July 6th : Posted to the Cape of Good Hope in South Africa.

November 18th, 1872 : Back in England

early 1873 : Service in Newhaven March 1st : Appointed surgeon

April 15th :  Posted to the Cape of Good Hope, South Africa until 1875

March 29th 1875 to June 4th : Went back to UK on leave

June 5th : Posted back to Cape of Good Hope South Africa

1879 : Served in the Zulu war against the Seknkuni. He stayed on the Natal side of the Tugela river and did not cross into fighting territory

March 15th, 1880 : Returned to England. Service at Netley Hospital

1881 census United Kingdom : Unmarried and living in Quarters in the men block at the Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Hampshire. His rank is listed as Surgeon

September 2nd 1882 Excerpt from the British journal of medicine “On Friday, August 11th, No. 2 Bearer Company embarked on board the City of Paris, en route to Egypt. with Surgeons Vacy Ash and 143 rank and file of the Army Hospital Corps. Officers of the No. 2 Bearer company then moved to Kassassin on the ship Carthage according to the book History of the medical department Tome II. Before the battle of Tel-el-Kebir (September 13th), the No. 2 Bearer company was attached to the 2nd Division. They would later occupy the city on Benha and Tanta with the 2nd Division.

The No. 2 Bearer company was mentioned as having poor discipline amongst its staff

He also served with the Dragoon Guards

December 16th 1882 Excerpt from the British Journal of Medicine “We learn from Cairo that under the Gazette of November 17th, containing the lists of honours and promotions among the army medical officers who had been serving during the campaign, reached that city one omission gave rise to considerable comment. The promotions in the army medical ranks included two of each grade on service in Egypt, and generally the two seniors were selected for advancement. In the rank of surgeon, however, the senior, Dr. Vacy Ash, was passed over by two surgeons junior to him in the list. We are informed that Dr. Ash is a surgeon who has always had a high reputation during his eleven years’ service in the department, and that he was particularly noticed for his zeal and activity in the Zulu campaign in South Africa. When sent to Egypt, he was attached to one of the bearer companies, but was removed from this service to be placed in medical charge of the 7th Dragoon Guards, who were then suffering from enteric fever to an alarming extent. Dr. Ash still remains with this regiment, and as he has secured the good feeling and gratitude of both the officers and men of the corps, and at the same time has received an expression of approbation for his professional services from the head of his own department in Egypt, his supercession by his juniors has attracted all the more attention. What the explanation of, the occurrence may be, remains to be seen.

Surgeon Vacy Ash, Army Medical Department, has been specially detailed to enquire into this matter; (the epidemic of enteric fever at the Base Hospital at Abbassayah)and his reports, which are now in the hands of the General Officer Commanding, may lead to a clearing up of this mystery.

July 1883 : His findings on epidemic of the enteric fever are published in the British Medical Journal. He also publish his findings on sea-sickness in the July British Medical Journal

March 11th, 1883 : Returned home to England. Service in Portland, Dorset

April 11th : His Egypt medal was issued to him on that date

September 30th : Appointed surgeon-major

November 11th, 1884 : Married Eliza Maxwell in St-Barnabas Church, Kensington, Middlesex. She was born in 1863,  21 years old the daughter of Thomas Maxwell, a gentleman.  Robert gives his occupation as physician. At the time of the marriage Robert and Eliza were living at separate addresses in Warwick Gardens, Kensington

February 18th, 1885 : Service in Bengal and Burma. During that campaign comments made by his superior officer DSS Turner PMO Burma ‘’he was an officer of great ability and zeal, who has done most excellent service.  Is highly qualified for the duties he has been called upon to perform’’

November 20th 1886 Excerpt from the British Journal of Medicine “Surgeon-Major R. VACY ASH, M.D., has been ordered to Mandalay for service in Upper Burmah. He is appointed Assistant Medical Officer and Sanitary Officer to the Barmah Field Force, and will also take medical charge of the Headquarters Etaff.

1887 : Served in the Burmanese expedition

September 2nd: Mentioned in dispatches London Gazette

1888 : Service in Brighton until 1891

January 4th, 1889 : Birth of his second child Roland Colin Vacy Ash, born February at 38 Stanford Avenue, Brighton, Sussex.- died September) from the British Medical Journal of the 12th Jan 1889. As Robert was stationed in India and Robert and Eliza’s second child was born in England, Eliza must have been with Robert in India and returned to England to give birth to their child.

28th April : He returned home to England and from that date until the 17th Nov 1891 he is listed as being sick.  The death of his child and marital difficulties which resulted in divorce may go some way to explain why Robert was listed as sick.

1891 census United Kingdom census taken in Hove Sussex county  Wife: Eliza born 1865 in Spratton South Africa,

Son: William Maxwell Vacy born July 6th, 1885 in Ayra Burgal, India

July : His wife petitioned for her divorce. She accused him of adultery and verbal abuse. He was found not guilty of those charges.

September 30th : Appointed lieutenant-colonel (brigade surgeon) .(from the British British Medical Journal October 17th, 1891), … who shortly retires from the service, was entertained at a farewell dinner at the Hotel Metropole on October 12th by the officers of the Medical Staff serving at Brighton

November 18th : Retiring from service

August 9th, 1898 : Lieutenant colonel under London Gazette notification

September 25th 1899 : Transfer of mortgage of Leworthy Robert Vacy Ash of Fleetwood, co. Lancs, surgeon lieut. col. (retired) and Arthur John Kingdon of 30 Milk Street, Cheapside, London, gent. (co-executors of Ann Fry) To Francis John Oliver of 44 Cleveland Road, Stanford Avenue, Brighton, gent.

His medical registration with the General Medical Council for the UK for 1899 states he was living at 10 The Esplanade, Fleetwood, Lancashire

March 31st, 1901 (census) : He was a surgeon physician at his own account living at 10 Esplanade, Fleetwod. He was living with his cousin Thomas Hyler (physician). They had two domestic servant, Sarah Foster and Margaret Connelly. His son William was a student at Magdalen College

– His wife was visiting Mary Hooley (probably her sister) at 69th Belmont road, Portswood.

July 1901 : He petitioned for his divorce accusing his wife of adultery. She was found guilty and condemned to pay him a sum of money 1750

Picture of Dr Ash (1901)

March 1902 (first semester) : Married for the 2nd time in St George Hanover Square with Florence May Bratt.

September 18th, 1903 : Died suddenly at Morecambe, Lancashire. He was still employed on the retired List at Fleetwood.

September 21st, 1910 : His second wife remarried to a William Bottomley at St John’s Church Hartford, Cheshire, United Kingdom.

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Thanks to Dianne Bartlam who gave me information on Dr Ash. She can be reached at Solent Genealogy

Private Oscar Auger

Oscar Auger served in the 21st battalion with the CEF during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number is 3320025

War Service Badge number : original: 184667    replacement: 386326

Born on May 1st, 1896 in Hull, Québec

Trade : barber       Religion : Roman Catholic         Status : single

Height : 5′ 4″         Eyes : blue                                  Hair : brown

Weight : 130 lbs

Father : Joseph Auger who died at the age of 91 on February 19th, 1942

Mother : Jeanne Nicholas who died at the age of 76 on April 4th, 1933

Address : 149 Notre – Dame boul., Hull

January 8th, 1918 : Enlisted under the Military Service Act (drafted) in Ottawa in the 2nd Depot battalion Eastern Ontario

February 2nd : Embarked on the H.M.S. Lapland. Disembarked in England on February 24th.

September 9th: Taken on strength with the 21st battalion.

October 13th : Gun shot wounds at the right arm with a fracture of the bone radius. Hospitalised at 1st Casualty Clearing Station and then transferred to the 4th Canadian General Hospital.

October 19th : Invalidated to England.

February 2nd, 1919 : Hospitalised at the 13th Canadian General Hospital, Fractured skull with meningitis.

Doctors removed bloody fluid on February 11th and 13th.

March 8th : Posted to the 6th Reserve battalion.

May 11th : Embarked on the S.S. Saturnia in Glasgow. Disembarked in Canada.

May 22nd, 1919 : Demobilised.

April 10th, 1966 : Died in military hospital in Saint-Anne de Bellevue, Montreal. Buried on April 16th, in the family lot A-32 in Jardin du Souvenir cemetery on Fournier boulevard in Hull, Quebec.

He was married to Gertrude Beauchamps and had a sister Lea Auger who died on April 16th, 1953 at the age of 66.

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Picture of Oscar Auger 1918

Oscar Auger in uniform 1918

Oscar Auger WW1 medals. His medals were reunited with the family (grandson) in 2007

Oscar Auger gravestone Buried in Jardin du Souvenir cemetery Gatineau (Hull), Quebec

Private Charles Gerard Arthur Arbon

Charles Gerard Arbon served with the canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the british War Medal and the Victory Medal.

Before enlistment: had service with the 58th Westmount Rifles

June 9th, 1916: Enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 2nd Field Ambulance Depot.

November 11th: Arrived in England on SS Mauretania

February 26th, 1917: Proceeded overseas to France with the 2nd Field Ambulance

January 14th, 1919: Proceeded for leave. Back from leave on January 28th. His Ration book indicated that he was in Germany at that time.

March 18th: Proceeded to England

April 15th: Sailed to Canada on SS Olympic. Arrived in Canada on the 21st.

April 23rd : Demobilised

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