George Andrews

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 7, 1893

Born at Smiths Falls Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59018 (temporary number 496)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs B Andrews, mother, of 191 Gladstone Ave, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 30, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #2 for neglect of duty 

The Battalion’s Part II Orders note 8 other men receiving the same punishment, for the same offence, on the same date.  I have been unable to determine the circumstances that resulted in this punishment


Nov 5, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Otitis Media, a middle ear infection


Nov 8, 1915

Transferred to the No 6 CFA Division Rest Station at Locre


Nov 15, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty


Oct 3, 1916

It would appear that at least one page is missing from the service file.  But one thing is clear, and that is the fact that Pte Andrews died of wounds received at the British 2/1st South Midland Casualty Clearing Station at Warloy.  The assumption would be that he was wounded within days of his death.  The Battalion’s War Diary reports it’s last combat casualties, prior to his death, on September 30 on the Somme Front at Courcelette.

Warloy-Baillon Communal Cemetery
Somme France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs B Andrews, at 270 York St, Ottawa Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, HB Andrews, at 466 Senior St, Montreal Quebec


During the Remembrance Day ceremonies in 2008, Veteran's Affairs Canada conducted a vigil each night for the week leading up to November 11.  This vigil consisted of projecting the names of every Canadian soldier who is listed with the Commonwealth War Graves Commission on various buildings and monuments across Canada, and in London England.  The photo below shows Pte George Andrews' name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.

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