Fred Greatrix, MM



July 4, 1890

Born to Oran and Amanda (nee Kleinsteuber) Greatrix at Picton Ontario


Jan 22, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion at Picton Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093276

Ø      Next of kin given as Mandy Greatrix (mother) of RR #1 Picton Ontario

o       Later changed to read Actinolite Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 8, 1917

Will made out dividing his estate equally between his father Oran Greatiix, Henry Greatrix, Herbert Greatrix, Nettie Jackson and Mary Elizabeth Emblton.


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

On arrival at Seaford, the Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jul 2, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with Mumps


Jul 26, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 14, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Poperinghe Belgium


Dec 2, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets in the Suburban Camp carrying out training exercises.  He was assigned to “D” Company


Sep 25, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Lee 123028, who had died of his wounds


Nov 11, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 21, 1918

It was announced in the Battalion’s War Diary that he was to be awarded the Military Medal


Dec 3, 1918

While on leave, he was promoted to the rank of Corporal


Dec 5, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave 

There was no explanation for the delay for his return from leave, however I would have to believe that the Armistice had something to do with it.  There was no mention of punishment for overstaying his leave


Dec 13, 1918

The Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge on entering Germany as part of the post war occupying force and proceeded to the town of Seigburg


Jan 19, 1919

The Battalion left Seigburg and began the long march back to Belgium


Jan 25, 1919

The Battalion arrived at Ham-Sur-Sambre Belgium to take up billets


Mar 30, 1919

The Battalion left Ham-Sur-Sambre for Le Havre France


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279884

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Picton Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31430



Jun 14, 1922

His British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at RR #1 Picton Ontario


Oct 27, 1921

Married to Cora Molyneux, a widow, at Bloomfield Ontario


Jan 21, 1960

Died at West Lake, Prince Edward County, Ontario 

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