John Thomas Astridge



Oct 30, 1885

Born in Wandsworth, London, England to Thomas and Louise (nee Keats) Astridge


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 33 (he was not assigned a 59xxx number for reasons below)

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Astridge,

Ø      Previous occupation given as Market Gardener

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan


Dec 30, 1914

After undergoing surgery for an inflamed appendix, he was discharged from the CEF in Kingston as being medically unfit.


Aug 7, 1915

Married to Hattie Madeline Marshall in Brockville, Ontario


Aug 9, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 8th CMR (Canadian Mounted Rifles) in Kingston


Aug 19, 1915

Attested into “B” Squadron, 8th CMR in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 113064 (temporary number 8874)

Ø      Next of kin given as Hattie M. Astridge, wife, 86 James St., East, Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Florist

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 8, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec




Oct 19, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Jan 28, 1916

Transferred to the 4th CMR


Jan 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France, TOS (Taken On Strength) the 4th CMR and assigned to "A" Company 

From the CBD War Diary on this date “Draft of 465 Other Ranks arrived from Shorncliffe (all CMR’s).  This draft was very badly equipped.  351 Jackets had to be exchanged; and 117 pair of Boots had also to be exchanged (a few pairs were unserviceable).  60 men had no A.F.W.3066 pasted in their Pay-Books.  262 men had rifles but no bayonets.  408 woolen vests had to be issued as a Free-Issue.”


Feb 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Feb 9, 1916

Joined the 4th CMR near the Belgian border as part of a draft of 300 reinforcements from the CBD.  These men were initially held in the reserve lines and gradually taken to the front lines in small groups.


May 12, 1916

While in the front line trench near Sanctuary Wood, Private Astridge was shot in the head by an enemy sniper and instantly killed.  He was buried in the Maple Copse Military Cemetery, West Vlaanderen, Belgium and the location recorded.  However when the Graves Registration Commission took over the cemetery at war’s end, his grave could not be located and a special cross was erected, followed by a special headstone indicating that he is known to be in the cemetery, but the exact location is not known

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his Widow, Mrs. Hattie Astridge, 16 St. Andrew St., Brockville, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Thomas Astridge, Commercial Travellers Schools, The Lodge, Hatch End, Pinner, Middlesex, England


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