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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


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

Halifax MemorialHalifax Memorial Panel

The Castle Carey Memorial in Somerset, England

Somerset MemorialSomerset Memorial 2

and finally the Borden Diary Memorial in Toronto, Canada

Monument Laiterie Borden

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Picture of Private Clifford Hugh Hoskins



Corporal George Ross Hovell

Corporal George Ross Hovell served with the 24th battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and Victory Medal.

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal


He was born on January 16, 1893 in Aubroath, Scotland.

He signed his Attestation Paper with the 24th Infantry Battalion “Victoria Rifles” in Montreal, Quebec, on November 2, 1914, naming his next-of-kin as his mother, Mrs. A. Hovell of Vancouver, British Columbia

He stated that he had no previous military service, and he was single. His trade was that of Lithographer.

The Battalion was raised and mobilized in Montreal on March 15, 1915, Hovell arriving in England aboard the S.S. Cameronian on May 20th. After four months, he embarked for the France where he landed on September 15, 1915. He arrived in in Boulogne, France on the next day.

On October 22, 1915, he sustained an injury to his left foot while in the trenches at Kemmel, Belgium, in what was described the next day at No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance on the 23rd, as a “Fallen Ankle”. He was transferred to the Australian Hospital at Wimereux on the 26th and diagnosed with “Flat Foot”, after which he was transferred to No. 15 Casualty Clearing Station on the 26th, placed on No. 17 Ambulance Train and sent to Boulogne, then invalided to England aboard the H.S. Cambria on the 27th.

He was taken on strength by the 39th Battalion at West Sandling, transferred to Great North Central Hospital at Holloway, beginning a series of hospital visits that included Chelsea Hospital, 1st London General Hospital R.A.M.C., the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley and, by February 15, 1916, the Canadian Convalescent Assembly Centre at Bath. He returned to Bromley where he was discharged on March 30th and established on command there, “Waiting for special (a) boot.” for his “Flat Foot” and placed “On light duty.”

Once the boot arrived, he was transferred to the Duke of Edinburgh’s R.C. Hospital at Hyde Park, then later, to the Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire Hospital in London, where, on November 18, 1916, he was also credited with having completed his two years’ service with Good Conduct, entitling him to wear one Good Conduct Badge. He continued his rehabilitation, as he was admitted to the Petrograd Red Cross Hospital in London on November 25, 1918.

It was during his time at Petrograd that he was granted permission to marry on April 23, 1919, marrying Henrietta Hovell of London, England, on June 4th at St. Mark’s Church, Dalston, London.

He was named Acting Corporal, with his new unit, the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 1st. In his Medical History of an Invalid, dated June 26, 1919 at No. 3 Southampton Street, London, it made note of the “rupture of ligaments of (the) left foot”, that occurred on October 22, 1916 at Kemmel, Belgium, due to the twisting of the foot. It went on to state that the “Left foot is very flat and is inverted. It was determined that his disability was to be “Permanent”. Hovell was placed on command to the 2nd Canadian District Depot and was struck off strength and discharged in England by K.B. & O. at the Canadian Red Cross Officers’ Hospital on October 1, 1919.

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Private William Hancock

Private William Hancock served in the Army Hospital Corps. He is entitled to the South Africa medal 1877- 1879 with clasp 1879, the Egypt Medal with the clasp Tel-El-Kebir and the 1882 Khedive’s Star

He enlisted in the 100th Foot Regiment on August 7th 1873

He was transferred to the Army Hospital Corps on February 15th 1877

He was posted to the Cape on January 30th 1878

He was paid the General Depot at Pietermaritzburg from January 10th 1878 to November 30th of the same year.

He was posted to Utrecht

He received his pay via the 90th Light Infantry Regiment from November 1st 1878 until April 1st 1879

He served against the Zulus in 1879

He was back in United Kingdom on June 18th 1882 and served in Egypt in September of that year

He was discharged on August 6th 1885

Private William Hancock medals. His Egypt Medal is missing from the group. I would appreciate if anyone with information on the whereabouts of the medal could let me know.

William Hancock medals

Private John William Holland

Private John William Holland enlisted in the 2nd battalion of the Scots Guards Regiment. He is entitled to the India General Service Medal clasp Hazara and the Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His service number was 3060.

He was born in 1841

He started serving in the 19th Foot regiment in May of 1855 until May 1859 as a Boy in the regiment. He was 14.

May 9th, 1859 he enlisted in London as a private in the 19th Foot Regiment.

Hair : hazel         Eyes : brown      Height : 5’ 9”

He served in the East Indies from May 30th, 1859 until December 24th, 1871 (12 years and 4 months). During his posting in the East Indies he was hospitalized 14 times compare to only 4 times for the rest of his military career. Soldiers posted in station like the East Indies were much more subject to get ill because of living conditions much more difficult than in United Kingdom and also local disease.

Private John William Holland Medical records from his service file

June 10th, 1872: Deprived of two days’ pay for being absent without a leave

June 1st, 1873: he transferred to the Scots Fusiliers Guards Regiment.

September 1879: Discharged from the army. He served for 19 years and 148 days. On his Discharge paper his trade is musician so he was probably a bandsman with the regiment.

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Private John William Holland Long Service and Good Conduct Medal

Private Cuthbert Look Haine

Private Cuthbert Look Haine served in the Canadian Field Artillery with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during WW1. He is entitled to the British War Medal only, he never went to France and stayed only in United Kingdom

Born on May 29 th 1890 in Staunton Worcertershire, U. K.

Trade: carpenter     Religion: Presbyterian    Status: Single

Hair: black     Eyes: brown    Weight: 165lbs  Height: 5’8″

Name of the mother: Emma Haine

Address: 288 2 avenue Niagara Falls, Ontario

1901 : UK census : Listed as living with his family on a farm in Churcham, Gloucestire

Father : Edmund                  Mother : Emma

He had one sister Eva and three brothers Bruce, Howard and Percy

1908 : Immigrated to Canada

1910 Border Crossing card

1917 May 5th: Enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in 69th battery in Toronto, Canada

November 24th : Embarked on H.M.T. Megantic in Halifax. Arrived in England on December 7th

1918 : February 15th : Hospitalized at the 12th Canadian General Hospital for neuritis. Discharged on April 4th.

1919 : January 23rd : Hospitalized at the 1st London General Hospital (Myatt’s park). Discharged on February 6th.

July 23rd : Discharged in London and did not come back to Canada right after his discharge.

1921: Early May : Married Winnifred G Tomes in St-Giles parish, United Kingdom

May 7th : Sailed on SS Scandinavian from South Hampton, UK. Arrived in Quebec City

1922 : October 19th  : Left Canada to go living in Buffalo, USA. Listed as a carpenter

1933 : January 10th : Came back to Canada and listed as a salesman. He crossed at Niagara Falls, Ontario

1956 : Died in Ontario

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Private Sydney Helleur

Private Sydney Helleur served in the 42nd battalion Black Watch (Montreal) in the Canadian Expeditionary Forces during World War One. He is entitled to the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His service number was 228751.

Born on December 28th, 1898 in Parish of St-Lawrence, Jersey Channel Island

Trade: salesman     Religion: Church of England

Status: Single          Height: 5′ 7″

Eyes: blue            Hair: fair           Weight : 127 lbs.

1901 United Kingdom census : Living in Jersey Channel Island, Parish of St-Lawrence

July 5th, 1916 : Enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in the 5th Regiment draft (5th Royal Highlanders of Canada)

April 11th, 1917 :Embarked on HMT Canada. Arrived in Liverpool on April 22nd

May 9th : Taken on strength with the 20th Reserve Battalion

December 7th  : Appointed corporal with pay

March 3rd, 1918 : Reduced to permanent grade

October 9th : Left for France. Joined the unit in the field on October 11th

February 14th, 1919 : Proceeded to England

March 1st : Battalion entrained at Liphook Station for Liverpool where they sailed for Canada on the R.M.S. Adriatic

March 9th : Arrived at Halifax and entrained for Montreal.

March 11th : Battalion arrived in Montreal. Demobilized in Montreal on March 12th

He served with his brother (Edmund Helleur) in the 42nd battalion.

September 22nd, 1961 : A request was made for a war veteran allowance

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Picture of Private Helleur British War Medal

Private Edwin Hodges

Private Edwin Hodges served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal. His enlistment number was 1659. His War Service badge class ・A・number is 321242

He was born on August 2nd 1887 in London, England

Trade : butcher and farmer         Religion : Protestant      Status : single

Hair: brown           Eyes : grey          Weight : 140 lbs       Height : 5′ 6″

November 11th, 1914 : he enlisted in the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance in Toronto, Ontario. He belonged to the active militia before enlistment.

March 20th, 1915 : The 5th Ambulance did their last parade in Toronto before departure

March 25th : He was hospitalized for three days (influenza)

April 15th : The unit left the camp (Exhibition Camp) to entrained. They arrived in Montreal on the 16th at 8:25. They left for Halifax, arrived in on the 17th at 19:45 and sailed from Halifax on the SS Northland on the 18th at 18:00. They arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th at 6:00., disembarked and reached in Westenhanger at 17:00. They walked 1 ½ mile to Sandling Camp, Shorncliffe, and reached they final destination at 16:00.

May 24th : They arrived at Otterpoll at 13:00 and they began mounting their new camp. They stayed at this place until September 15th.

August 10th : He was admitted to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance for constipation

September 2nd : The 5th Ambulance was inspected by the King

September 15th : Early that night the unit entrained at Westenhanger, first train left at 3:00. The second left at 4:30. Trains arrived in South Hampton at 8:15 and 10:00. Most members of the 5th C.F.A. embarked on the SS Indian and sailed to France at 18:00 (7 officers and 64 N.C.O. embarked on SS Viper)

September 16th : They arrived in Havre, France at 5:00, disembarked at 7:00, they walked to Camp 5. They left it at 3:30 am, entrained at 8:20 on the 17th. Arrived in Saint-Omer on the 18th at 2:00. They arrived in Wizernes on the 19th and heard artillery shots for the first time. Arrived in Danoutre, Belgium on the 21st to replace the 84th Territorial Forces Ambulance. Received their first casualties on the 24th.

January 7th 1916 : He was detailed as clerk in A section nursing section (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

January 22nd : He was admitted to the 5th Canadian Field Ambulance.

September 30th : He proceeded to Paris on permission (from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

October 7th, 1917 : He proceeded on leave (13 days)

October 8th : He was taken on strength (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

October 20th : He returned from his leave of absence (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

February 18th, 1918 : He proceeded on leave (14 days)

March 16th : No 1659 Pte Hodge E on returning from leave of absence as taken on the ration strenght 18th (information from Daily Orders notebook 5th C.F.A.)

December 5th : The unit entered Germany at 9:30 and they crossed the Rhine on the 13th.

April 7th, 1919 : He returned to England and arrived in South Hampton on the 8th at 8:00

April 24th : Granted 14 days leave, on return from leave returned to Canada with dependant

Sailed (sailing list D-33) from England on HMT Metagama on August 3rd, 1919. Arrived in Quebec on the 14th.

He was demobilized on August 15th, in Quebec. His address on demobilization was 26 Hunt street west Hamilton

He died in 1977

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Private Edwin Hodges WW1 medals

Doctor Helen Hanson

Dr Helen Hanson served with the Auxiliary Hospital Unit in Antwerp during WW1. She is entitled to the 1914 Star with clasp, the British War and Victory Medals, the Order of St. Sava, 2nd type from Serbia, 4th Class breast badge and a Red Cross Decoration.

She was born in 1874.

She graduated M.B. & L.S.A. in 1901 and received her M.D. from the University of London in 1904 having trained at the London School of Medicine for Women (The Royal Free Hospital).

For three years she served as Medical Officer to the Kinnaird Memorial Hospital at Lucknow, India.

In 1911 she was awarded the Diploma in Public Health of Oxford University and was appointed Assistant School Medical Officer to London County Council.

Shortly after the outbreak of war Dr Hanson went to Belgium with the St. John Unit forming the Auxiliary Hospital at Antwerp commanded by Mrs St. Clair Stobart. The unit served during the siege of Antwerp and were amongst the last civilians to leave before the city was occupied by the Germans. The unit then operated in a chateau at Cherbourg until April 1915 when it transferred to Serbia.

After serving there for 6 months, she returned to London and early in 1916 addressed the Royal Society of Arts on her experiences in Serbia as a Red Cross worker. During that time she served for 6 weeks at the Scottish Women’s Hospital Unit at Kraguijevatz.

Later Dr Hanson served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Malta and Salonika, holding the honorary rank of Captain. Very few women served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during WW1.

Picture of her medals (sold at Dix noonan Webb in December 2012)

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After the war she served with the Black Sea Expeditionary Force at Constantinople, returning to London in 1920 to work once more for the L.C.C.

On 6 July 1926 she was killed in a motor accident. She was buried at Finchley. A Requiem Service was held for her at St. Martin-in-the-Fields on 20 July 1926.

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Lieutenant Julian Garth Harley

Lieutenant Julian Garth Harley served with the Royal Army Medical Corps in Borneo and Northen Ireland. He is entitled to the General Service Medal clasps Borneo and Northern Ireland. He is also entitled to the Good Conduct and Long Service Medal EII (Bar Regular Army). His service number was 23948593.

Enlisted early 1960’s

He served in North Borneo, Sarawak or Brunei between 24 December 1962 and 11 August 1966. This conflict claimed the lives of 114 Commonwealth personnel killed, 180 wounded.

He was a drill instructor at R.A.M.C. depot in late 70’s and later became the Chief Drill Instructor there.

He must have served for at least  30 days’ in Northen Ireland after 14 August 1969.

March 6th 1990 : Promoted from Warrant Officer class I to Lieutenant on March 6th, 1990 with the Territorial Army (R.A.M.C.). probably after retiring from the Regular Force

March 6th,1991 : Probation confirmed

May 26th, 1993: To be a Lieutenant with Territorial Army group A

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Private James Hopkinson M.M.

Private James Hopkinson MM served in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards during WW1. He is entitled to the Military medal, the 1914 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the Defence Medal. His enlistment number is 8385.

August 31st, 1912: He enlisted in the 2nd battalion Scots Guards

From July to September 1914: The battalion was stationed at the London Tower in London.

October 4th: The battalion left Lyndhurst Camp and marched to South Hampton. They embarked on the HS Lake Michigan and SS Sistern. They sailed to Dover Harbour on the 5th. They spent the day of the 6th waiting in the harbour and sailed to Belgium on that day at 7 pm. They arrived in Zeebrudge at 6 am on the 7th. They were part of the 20th Infantry Brigade with 1st Grenadier Guards, 2nd Border Regiment and 2nd Gordon Highlanders

Scots Guards leaving the London Tower

SG leaving London Tower

October 9th: They reached the town of Antwerp where they could hear the sound of artillery.

October 15th: First day of the first Battle of Ypres

October 17th: They were put on the Front Line and they launched their first attack the next day. To this would follow a series of fierce and heavy fighting and engagement with the Germans.

October 25th: From the book The Scots Guard in the Great War 1914-1918 “Lord Dalrymple and his C.S.M. counted over 120 shells bursts within 100 yards round them in two minutes” The next, when mustered, there 12 officers and 460 men left in the battalion.

By the end of the month the battalion had lost almost half of its strength that it had when arriving in Belgium at the beginning of the month. They had lost 391 men and only 472 were left to fight.

October 29th: There was an attack at night and battalion was sent to far, they were fired by other British troops upon during their retreat because of the night and the rain. They were withdrawn with extreme difficulties and that night only 150 men were mustered. Some men rejoined the battalion the next day.

October 30th: The fighting had continued and by that day there was only 200 men left in a battalion of a strength of 1002 men 4 weeks before. They continued fighting with depleted forces until November 11th when they received their first reinforcing draft.

December 18th: They launched an attack with a bayonet charge in the German trench; they lost almost 50 % of their men during that attack. He was wounded in action (Gunshot wound to the thigh). He was admitted to hospital on December 21st. He was transferred to the 3rd battalion (Reserve Battalion) on December 21st and discharge from hospital on December 26th.

April 1st, 1915: Transferred to the 2nd battalion (Active Service) and back in the field.

May 8th: Hospitalized at the 14th Stationary Hospital in Wimereux for measles. He was transferred to the 18th East general hospital in Cambridge, UK on May 17th. August 17th: Discharged from hospital.

May 17th: He transferred to the 3rd battalion and to the 2nd battalion on August 17th

August 5th: The battalion left the 20th Brigade to join the newly formed Guards Brigade. It became operational around mid-September.

September 25th: The first day of the Battle of Loos. They marched into the town of Loos around 2:00 pm and were relieved the next day. They suffered less casualties than the 1st battalion, 129 casualties.

October 8th: Their trench section were attacked by the Germans and they were sent to support the Grenadiers Guards which were facing a superior enemy in numbers

October 15th: In the days before the battalion was preparing a gas attack. Germans launched a gas attack at 4 am on the 15th. Scots Guards launched their counter-attack at 5 am, the battle would last 3 days and they suffered 102 casualties for that period.

January 1916: The battalion spent the whole month near the villages Meville, they were shelled most of the day but this was very ineffective.

September 15th: Both battalions were part of a major attack that was not a success. It lasted until the 17th. They were sent to rest of the 18th. 2nd battalion 16 killed, 125 wounded and 28 missing

The battalion launched a second attack to gain the missed objective of Leboeuf and Gueudecourt of September 15th, they suffered even more casualties 42 killed, 200 wounded and 88 missing

January-February 1917: No major fighting during that period but just a series of skirmishes and artillery bombardment.

March: The Germans retrieved their troops from the Hinderburgh Line and they provoked a series of small attacks from the British on their lines. Both Scots Guards regiment saw some fighting during that period.

June: Second Battle of Ypres. July 22nd: Germans launched a gas attack that continued until the 26th. On the 25th, Scots Guards launched their attack to raid the German lines. 6 killed. 28 wounded and 132 gassed

July 31st: Third Battle of Ypres The 2nd battalion launched its attack 38 minutes after 0 hours and suffered less casualties.

October 8th: The 2nd battalion relieved the 1st and got into their position to lead next day’s attack. They are going to be relieved on the 13th.

November 24th: The battalion was sent to the lines for the Battle of Cambrai and take Bourlon Woods. They suffered many casualties but much less than their previous engagement.

November 30th: The Germans counter-attacked and both battalions were thrown back in the battle in order to stop the Germans advance. They were taken out of the lines on December 11th and had a quiet rest of December.

January 3rd, 1918: Wounded (gas) and admitted to the 3rd Field Ambulance. He rejoined on January 24th.

End of March: Start of the German spring offensive. From March 21st up to April 15th, the battalion got 34 killed, 149 wounded and 5 missing

End of April-May: no major attack occurred during that period but the casualties for that period were 9 killed, 67 wounded and 2 missing.

End of June: Battalion received American reinforcement and they were to be trained to gain some combat experience.

August 21st: They were relieved from the line on that day but were called back 2 days later, the 23rd. They were then thrown into the battle relieved on the 25th. For those 2 days they suffered 16 killed and 94 wounded.

August 23th: They were stationed near St-Léger and the battle of the last 100 days of the war started. The battle lasted two days.

September 3rd: They took the trench near Vraucourt the day before and they launched their attack at 5:20 am on the morning of the 3rd. They came within 1000 yards of crossing the canal du Nord.

September 26th: Battle of Cambrai. Both battalions had been practising the crossing of the channel while in reserve at rear in the days before. At 7:10 am on the 24th, the 1st battalion launched its attack, the 2nd followed at 9:05 am. They reached their with o total casualties of 3 killed, 12 wounded and 1 missing.

October 10th: Battle of the Canal du Nord, at 5:00 am they launched their attack and they advanced 4 miles during that day for very minimal loss. The push continued on the 11th and was halted that evening. At 2 pm on the 12th, the Germans had withdrawn the regiment then proceeded forward until the evening of the 13th. They suffered 15 killed and 59 wounded for those 3 days.

Mid-December: They entered Germany as the Army of Occupation. They were stationed in Sulz from December 22nd to January 1st.

January 1st 1919: They arrived in Cologne

February 1st: They were back in Sulz. They left Cologne on March 6th and embarked on a motorized convoy, they reached Wimbledon United, Kingdom on March 10th.

February 11th: He was awarded Military Medal (London Gazette) and received the medal on March 18th.

Private James Hopkinson WW1 Medals Index Card

He received his 1914 Star on February 28th and his WW1 pair May 11th

March 23rd: He transferred to the Regular Army on demobilization

May 7th, 1921: Mobilized and attached to the 1st battalion

August 31st, 1924: He reengaged for four years

August 4th, 1927: He married Lettie Lodge in Leeds

August 30th, 1928: He was discharged from the army

He served for three years in United Kingdom between 1939 and 1945, probably with the Veterans Guards

He died in 1975 (April-May-June)

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Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines M.I.D.

Warrant officer class I Arthur Edwin Haines served during the Boers’ War with the Royal West Kent Regiment (British Force) and in World War One with the 67th battalion Canadian Expeditionary Force. He is entitled to the Queen’s Mediterranean Medal, the British War Medal and the Victory Medal with Oak leaves. He was also Mentioned in Dispatches (M.I.D.). His War Service Badge number 305660.

Born on March 5th, 1881 in Kent, England    Religion : Church of England

1881 census United Kingdom taken in Warmington, Northampton, England

Arthur E. born in 1881 at Chislehurst, Kent, England

Father: George William Haines 1855 – 1928

Mother: Gabriella Dorcus Sutton 1857 – 1889

He had 3 brothers and one sister Albert Haines (born 1879), George Ernest Haines (born 1883), William Haines (born 1885) and Harriet Haines (born 1888)

Boer’s War

October 25th, 1899 : He enlisted in the 3rd battalion Royal West Kent Regiment (listed as a labourer on Mr Batholenew Betson‘s farm)

Height : 5′ 3″ Hair : brown         Weight : 107 lbs      Eyes : gray

December 11th : The Royal West Kent regiment assembled at Maidstone.

December 16th : Absent from tattoo until 17h00 on the 17th (1 day forfeit pay)

January 4th, 1900 : They left Chatham Barracks and ship sailed at 14:30. He arrived in Malta on January 15th

He was reprimanded 4 times while stationned in Malta

March 25th, 1901 : The King visited the troops stationed in Malta

May 31st : Embarked on ship Formosa and left the next day. The ship Dilwara left the port on June 2nd with some companies of the 3rd battalion. Formosa arrived in Southampton (June 9th) and Dilwara arrived at Maidstone on June 10th.

April 14th, 1902 : Transferred to the Royal Horse Artillery (number 23444)

Height : 5′ 6″       Weight : 130 lbs

June 4th, 1904 : Transferred to the Army Veterinary Corps

August 5th, 1906 : He married Mabel Annie Cox, together they had 5 children Mabel Annie Haines  (1907 – 1909), Florence May Haines (1909 – 1985), Arthur Edwin Haines (1912 – 1915), William Haines (1916 – 1985) and Albert Edwin Haines (1920 – 1998)

February 8th, 1909 : He transferred to the Reserve Army Veterinary Corps

1911 Canadian census : He is listed as living in Nanaimo, British Columbia

First World War

He enlisted on September 7th, 1915 in the 67th battalion in Victoria, British Columbia.

Height : 5′ 7″                 Weight : 156 lbs     Eyes : hazel

Trade : teamster          Hair : dark Brown

He sailed from Halifax on April 1st, 1916 on SS Olympic and arrived in England on March 11th.

April 1st: He was appointed acting sergeant and confirmed as a Battery Sergeant Major.

June 9th: He was promoted Sergeant and confirmed in the rank on July 5th.

August 5th : He was appointed Company Sergeant Major.

August 13th : Left camp at 6:30, sailed from Southampton at 8:00 on the HMT 460. Arrived on the 14th. Confirmed Company Sergeant Major on that day. He entrained at Havre, France on the 17th and arrived in Poperinghe, Belgium at 10:30 on the 18th.

November 4th : He was promoted Warrant Officer class II.

Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines (probably taken end of 1916 – early 1917)

Haines, Arthur Edwin(3)

picture from Pauline Haines

May 1st, 1917 : He was struck of strength 67th battalion and arrived with his new unit (54th battalion) on May 2nd.

July 29th : The battalion captured their first houses in the city of Lens

September 6th : First day of Lens’ battle. The 54th was part of the first wave of the attack.

August 3rd, 1918 : Left Warlus for Amiens. Arrived on the 7th.

August 8th : They moved to their position for the initial assault behind Gentelles Wood.

August 10th : Arrived in Merihencourt

September 2nd: At 5:00 am the battalion is ordered to march forward

September 27th : Crossed Canal du Nord and captured the eastern part of Bourlon Wood.

September 28th : Promoted Warrant Officer class I and appointed Regimental Sergeant Major.

September 29th : Launched their attack from Bourlon Wood village, they were shelled and suffered a lot of casualties.

November 2nd : Battalion took the town of Marly.

April 18th, 1919 : Battalion left Groenedal, reaching Havre, France on the 20th. He sailed to England at 16:30 on April 28th and arrived in Southampton on the 29th.

Picture of Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines

On the cuff of his right sleeve you can see the Warrant Officer rank and the three chevrons, each one representing one year of good services oversea. Over the flap of his left pocket of his tunic, you can see the Queen Mediterranean Medal ribbon

May 31st : He embarked for Canada on H.M.T. Mauretania

June 8th : He reached Hamilton. left on the 10th

He was discharged on June 13th with the rank of Regimental Sergeant Major

Mentioned in Dispatches on July 8th, 1919 (London Gazette 31448). In the official history of the battalion he is listed as a Military Cross recipient but neither his file or any official Canadian records list him as a Military Cross recipient. Since the book was printed in 1919, I think he was recommended for a Military Cross but it was downgraded to a Mentioned in Dispatches by that time the book had already being sent to the printer and they could not changed the text.

Warrant Officer Arthur Edwin Haines medals (picture from the family)

As mentionned in the above paragraph, not sure about the Military Cross (first medal from the left)

Haines, Arthur Edwin medals

picture from Pauline Haines

He died on February 20th, 1935. Buried in plot T 091 E 40 in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, Victoria British Columbia.

Also in the same lot are;

Haines, Arthur Edwin, born Victoria, died Victoria, Mar 16, 1915, aged 30

Haines, Mabel Anne, born in Lock Bottom, Kent, died Victoria, Sep 4, 1970, aged 67

White, Ada Mary, born Eng, died Victoria, Apr 9, 1940, aged 74

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Picture of his grave in Ross Bay Burial Cemetery, British Columbia

Nursing Sister Isabel Henshaw

Isabel Henshaw was a nursing sister with Red Cross, one of the few Canadian women who died while serving at the front during WW1

Daughter of late Robert Henshaw (Royal Engineer) and Mary Ann Henshaw of Trowbridge, England

Died of sickness on August 11th, 1919 at the age of 50 at the General Winnipeg hospital.

Buried in lot S.3. Elmwood cemetery in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Obituary from Manitoba Free Press Tuesday August 12, 1919 page 11 «Henshaw – in Winnipeg on August 11th Isabella Henshaw (Red Cross Nurse) of 350 Home St. The funeral will take place Wednesday afternoon at 2 o’clock from Clark Leatherdale’s parlors, 232 Kennedy St. to Elmwood cemetery»

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Isabel Henshaw gravestone

Warrant Officer class one Gordon Howard

Private – Warrant Officer Gordon Howard served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1 and the Royal Army Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW2. Before WW1 and between both wars, he also served with the Canadian Permanent Army Medical Corps.

He is entitled to the 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory medal, Defence medal, Canadian Army Volunter Service medal (without clasp) and the Canadian Army Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. His wife probably received the Memorial Cross

Born on November 3rd, 1887 in Bermondsey, London, England
Trade: soldier         Religion: Church of England
Status: married      Height: 5′ 8″     Weight : 159 lbs.
Eyes: blue                Hair: light brown

1901 United Kingdom census
Living at 53 navigation road in Altricham, Chester  Trade : Cabinet maker apprentice

April 5th, 1904 : Enlisted in the 17th Lancers and served until April 8th, 1907. Served in India
March 27th, 1911 : Married Minnie Smith
March 26th, 1912 : Enlisted in the Permanent army medical corps (PAMC) and served until September 24th 1915
March 26th, 1914 : Re-engaged in the P.A.M.C.. On declaration of war the P.A.M.C. was composed of 20 officers, 5 nursing sisters and 102 other ranks

FIRST WORLD WAR    Enlistment number # 1873 with the Canadian Army Medical Corps
September 24th, 1914 : Enlisted in the 1st Division Headquarter

February 6th, 1915 : To be a sergeant

November 15th : Attached to the Nurse rest home in Chelsea

November 30th : Transferred to C.A.M.C. Depot

December 2nd : Transferred to the 7th Canadian Field Ambulance

February 12th, 1916 : Unit left Moore’s Barracks at 8:20 am and arrived at Shornecliffe at 8:45, they entrained and departed at 9:50 am. Arrived at Southampton and embarked on HMTS African prince.
February 13th : Ship docked in Havre, France

April 21st : Promoted sergeant major

April 30th : Promoted Warrant officer class I

December 1st : Granted 10 days leave

May 11th, 1917 : Granted 3 days leave to Paris

August 31st : Sentenced to be reverted to the rank of sergeant after being accused of being drunk while on active service

August 1918 : Gazed at Amiens

October 5th : Appointed Quartermaster sergeant

January 2nd, 1919 : Sentenced to be reverted to the rank of private and 28 days of Field punishment due to conduct to the prejudice of good order discipline. In that he, at Perez Belgium on the night of December 7th 1918 was an accomplice in the misuse of motor ambulance A14350

January 26th : On strength with the 9th Canadian Stationary Hospital

March 12th : Sentence of 28 days Field punishment remitted

June 6th : Proceeded to England

July 2nd : Embarked for Canada. Arrived in Halifax on July 8th

April 30th, 1920 : Discharged in Ottawa, Ontario

Service between the war

May 1st : Enlisted in the RCAMC in the military district no 3, No 9 Detachment Ottawa. He was granted an increase pay as storeman class 3 and placed on the married establishment

July 1st, 1921 : Promoted to the rank of corporal
May 1st, 1922 : Re-engaged for three years and regraded as clerk group C on September 1st
April 1st, 1923 : Graded clerk group B and promoted to the rank of sergeant on May 15th
May 15th, 1931 : Promoted staff sergeant
March 20th, 1934 : Hospitalized for Myalgia to the back. Discharged on March 22nd

April 30th 1937 : Demobilized

Reports from 1925 to 1936 state that his conduct was satisfactory

SECOND WORLD WAR    Enlistment number # C 93000 with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps
Enlisted on September 5th, 1939 in the Headquarter company R.C.A.M.C.. Total strength of the Permanent R.C.A.M.C. was 43 officers, nursing sisters and 123 O.R.

October 1st : Promoted to the rank of corporal

November 1st : Promoted to the rank of sergeant

December 1st : Promoted to the rank of staff sergeant

November 25th, 1940 : Admitted at the Civic Hospital in Ottawa. Discharged from hospital on January 6th

March 1st, 1943 : Died of haemorrhage from peptic ulcer. Buried in Pinecrest cemetery in Ottawa Plot 162 Sec M Grave 1

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Serjeant Arthur Evison Heap

Private Arthur Evison Heap served with the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boers’ war and with the Canadian Army Medical Corps during WW1. During the Boers’ war he also served briefly with the St-John Ambulance brigade for South Africa.

His enlistment numbers are # 16218 for the Boers’ war and # 2012 for WW1.

He is entitled to the Queen’s South Africa medal, 1914-15 Star, the British War Medal, the Victory Medal and the St-John Ambulance Brigade medal for South Africa.

1881 United Kingdom census taken at 10 Eden Street in Oldham, Lancashire, England
Arthur : Born in 1876 in Oldham (scholar)
Father : George (labourer in iron works)             Mother : Hannah B.
Brother : Edwin M.                                                  Sister : Ellen
Brother : George H.                                                  Sister : Bertha
Sister : Clare

1891 United Kingdom census taken in Oldham, St-Mary
Mother and head of the family Hannah Bell Heap (father probably dead)
He was the only one still at school in his family, his younger sister was working

Boer’s war
He is on the roll of November 28, 1901 of the St John ambulance brigade
Nov. 24th, 1899 The Doune Castle has left Southampton with 55 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade.
December 29th, 1899 The Orient sailed this afternoon from Southampton for SA with 50 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
April 24, 1900 The ship Ulstermore sailed from Albert Docks today with St. John’s Ambulance Corps (117)

April 25th, 1900 The American hospital ship Maine left Southampton for Durban. with 11 men St. John Ambulance Brigade, and 14 orderlies. I think this is where he served since he did not received the St John ambulance medal for South Africa but was with the St John ambulance brigade

May 16th, 1900 The Monteagle left Southampton with 130 men of the St. John Ambulance Brigade
April 6th, 1901 The Avoca left Southampton with 50 of the St. John Ambulance men

September 19th, 1901 : Enlisted in Manchester in the Royal Army Medical Corps. Served at home until October 6 of the same year. He sailed on the Tagus on October 7th from Southampton with about 500 men for South Africa. He served until October 9, 1902 in South Africa and when he was back in United Kingdom and was discharged on October 14, 1902.

Listed in Lovell’s Montreal directory as a carpenter living at 41 Kent avenue from 1904 to 1911 and at 320 Gilford Street from 1912 to 1914

First World war
Born on February 17th 1877 in Oldham, Lancashire, England
Trade : carpenter                                          Hair : auburn
Religion : Church of England                    Height : 5′ 3 ½ ”
Weight : 154 lbs                                            Eyes : grey
Name of his wife : Lucy E. Heap              Address : 320 Gilford street, Montreal, Quebec

November 30th, 1914 : Enlisted in the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance in Montreal, Quebec.

April 16, 1915 : Departure from Valcartier. Embarked on SS Northland on April 17 in Halifax. Sailed on the 18 at 18:00. Arrived in Avonmouth, England on the 29th at 6:00 and went directly to Sandling Camp.

July 1 : Confirmed in the rank of corporal

September 15 : Unit took train X.299 (6:45 am) and X.301 (8:25 am) at Westenhanger. Embarked on SS Viper. Arrived in Havre on the 16 and disembarked at 6:00 am

April 8, 1916 : 8 days permission. Rejoined from leave on the 17

April 27 : Promoted sergeant

June 1, 1917 : Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division headquarters. Returned to his unit on July 3.

January 20, 1918 : Admitted to the 57th Casualty Clearing Station for service sickness. Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital for gastritis on February 9th. Hospitalized at the 16th Canadian General Hospital in Orpington on February 15th. Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley on April 3rd. Transferred to the 5th Canadian General Hospital on August 2nd.

November 5th : Admitted to Ste Anne de Bellevue hospital in Quebec.

December 5th : Demobilised in Montreal. Listed in Lovell’s Montreal directory as a carpenter living at 456b 8th avenue from 1918 until 1927. The address changed for 5534 8th avenue (between Masson and Dandurand) in 1924. He then moved to 5206 7th avenue (between St-Jerome and Masson) and lived there until 1956. His trade was a carpenter and he retired in 1948. Lovell’s directory list him an employee of Purkis and Sutcliffe in 1928 and CPR in 1947. Not sure if CPR is for Canadian Pacific Railway (since he was living close to the Angus shop)

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October 9th 1956 : Died and buried in Woodland cemetery section J lot 145 (military section) Kitchener, Ontario

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Serjeant Arthur Evison Heap gravestone


Lieutenant – Colonel Elzéard Hurtubise E.D.

Lieutenant-Colonel Elzéard Hurtubise served in the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps between the World Wars. He never served abroad and he is entilted to the Efficiency Decoration.

Born on May 6th 1887 in Ste Anne de Prescott, Ontario

1901 : Canadian census taken in Prescott, Ontario
Father : Joseph                 Mother : Casildie            Brother : Raoul

Brother : Romeo               Brother :  Joseph            Brother :  Henry
Sister : Valentine               Sister : Aurore                 Sister : Dora

Sister : Leonie

1911 : Canadian census taken in ward St-Louis, Montréal, Québec (University student)

from 1913 to 1959 he lived on 2562 (until 1919) and it became 6043 Christophe-Colomb

Trade : doctor

1925 : Signed the prelude of the book Un Effort mutualiste by Adrien Froment

March 5th, 1928 : Received the Médaille d’honneur Or from Conseil d’administration de la Société Républicaine d’Encouragement au Dévouement

1928 : Listed on the Board of directors of Makamic Mines and as Head Medical Doctor, Montreal Tramways Co.

May 29th, 1932 : He organized a concert at la salle des Artisans Canadiens-Français for the first concert for the Quatuor Alouette which was a prominent band for Quebec folklore music.

He served with the 20th Field ambulance in Montréal for an unknow period

from 1951 to 1955 : Listed in Lovell directory as vice-president of Laboratoire Nadeau

November 27th, 1961 : Died – Obituary from La Presse Tuesday November 28th, 1961 page 51
Hurtubise (Elzéar) À Montréal le 27 Novembre 1961, à l’âge de 74 ans est décédé le Lieutenant-colonel Elzéar Hurtubise M.D. époux de feu Jeanne Bédard demeurant à 44 Glencol, Outremont. Les funérailles auront lieu jeudi le 30 courant. Le convoi funèbre partira du salon Société coopérative de Frais funéraires 4848 Papineau à 8h30 pour se rendre à l’Église St-Germain d’Outremont où le service funéraire sera célébré à 9hres et de là au Cimetière Côte des neiges lieu de sépulture. Parents et amis sont priés d’y assister sans autre invitation.

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November 30th : Buried in Cote des neiges cemetery lot 00879 G section H. His wife died near September 6th, 1960

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Lieutenant-Colonel Elzéard Hurtubise gravestone