Louis Jeremiah "Jerry" Barney


Apr 21, 1893

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Jeremiah “Jerry” and Adele (nee Sauve) Barney


Jul 12, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 634162

Ø      Next of kin given as Jerry Barney, father, York St., Cornwall, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mill Hand

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

His brother George Allan Barney had joined the same battalion the previous January.  George served with the 38th Battalion in France and survived the war 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Sep 1, 1916

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 6, 1916

Reported for duty and forfeited 6 days pay for his absence


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 6, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 24, 1917

Fined 7 days pay for failing to comply with an order


Feb 19, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


Feb 26, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Barney joined the 21st Battalion at the front, west of Vimy Ridge and assigned to “A” Company


May 24, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Holmes 408113 who had been invalided to England sick


Dec 20, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 7, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 9, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Mar 6, 1918

The 21st Battalion carried out a raid on the enemy trenches with the intent of gathering intelligence and taking prisoners.  1 prisoner was taken, but Private Barney received a shrapnel wound to his right leg and foot in addition to being gassed.  He was first treated at a field ambulance, than transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station), then on to the No. 1 CCS for further treatment


Mar 9, 1918

Due to the severity of his wounds, he was transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the St. John’s Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Etaples, France


Mar 11, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Brook War Hospital, Woolwich, London 

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 12, 1918

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington


Apr 20, 1918

Private Barney developed paralysis of the right arm and hand due to incorrect use of crutches when attempting to move around.  He was given electrical treatment and massage for this


Apr 24, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley where his paralysis dissipated


Jun 28, 1918

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to continue his recovery


Aug 22, 1918

On being released from the convalescent depot, he was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Oct 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 291 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 13, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Oct 17, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Barney joined the 21st Battalion in the reserve trench system north-east of Iwuy, France


Dec 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined) Venereal.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 64 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 10, 1918

Transferred to the No. 4 CCS


Dec 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 33 CCS


Dec 14, 1918

Transferred first via the No. 1 AT (Ambulance Train), then the No. 26 AT, and admitted to the No. 51 Canadian General Hospital where the diagnosis was changed to read VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jan 22, 1919

Transferred to the No. 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Camiers for further treatment.  He forfeited 60¢ per day while in the No. 51 hospital


Feb 6, 1919

Discharged from hospital and reported to the base depot in Etaples.  He forfeited 60¢ per day while in the No. 7 hospital 

His father, Jerry Barney died in Cornwall, Ontario


Mar 11, 1919

After leaving the base depot, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in Ham-Sur-Sambre, Belgium


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France

On arrival in England he was posted to the “P” Wing at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool


May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279834 issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Cornwall, Ontario 

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals (shown below) were sent to him c/o the Cornwall, Ontario Post Office


Sep 11, 1923

Married to Rose De Luna Montpetit in Verdun, Quebec


Nov 1, 1938

Louis Barney died in Verdun, Quebec and was buried in the LPF National Field of Honour, Montreal, Quebec



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