John Alexander Bain


Aug 20, 1885

Born at St John, New Brunswick


Mar 15, 1915

Is listed on the paylist for the 55th Battalion


Apr 12, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 444426 (initially the number was A44426 but the letter A was later changed to the number 4)

Ø      Next of Kin given as Mrs George O Bain (mother) of Charlo New Brunswick

Ø      Stated to be single

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Telegraph Operator”

Ø      No previous military experience is given

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”

Ø      Even though his medical was conducted on April 10 and his oath was given on April 12, the Commanding Officer did not sign the Attestation Papers until May 21, 1915

Ø      Assigned to the Signal Section


Sep 3, 1915

Separation Allowance of $20 per month authorized for his wife, Mrs JA Bain of Sussex New Brunswick


Sep 14, 1915

Promoted to Lance Corporal


Nov 1, 1915

Pay Assignment of $15 per month authorized for his wife, Mrs JA Bain of Sussex New Brunswick


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked the SS Corsican in England



Apr 7, 1916

Transferred to 39th Battalion to be part of Brigade Signal Base at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to 21st Battalion and reverts to rank of Pte


Feb 8, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Details) and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Feb 12, 1917

Left to join 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 15, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the “Field”


Apr 12, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 27, 1917

Granted 10 day’s Leave


Nov 9, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from Leave


Mar 8, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Signal Pool


Jan 9, 1919

TOS Canadian Embarkation Camp from Canadian Signals Pool


Apr 18, 1919

Transferred to England for demobilization and posted to Canadian Concentration Camp at Witley


May 10, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) having sailed to Canada from London aboard the SS Olympic



May 17, 1919

Discharged at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      Proposed residence on Discharge – Sussex New Brunswick

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued – No 266721


Sep 27, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal are sent to him at Upper High Street, Moncton New Brunswick 


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