Elie Barry

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file
I would also like to thank the Chatham-Kent Ontario Museum and Jerry Hind for granting permission to reproduce the photo above


Nov 10, 1898

Born at Stoney Point Ontario to Ernest and Victoria Barry


Feb 13, 1917

Attested into the 186th Battalion at Chatham Ontario 

Ø      Number 880859

Ø      Next of kin given as Victoria Barry, mother, of Tilbury Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Mar 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp.  On arrival the Battalion was absorbed into the 4th Reserve Battalion and he was assigned to “A” Company


Jan 14, 1918

Admitted to the No 12, Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Laryngitis


Feb 12, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jun 14, 1918

Posted to the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) on discharge from hospital and proceeded to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to continue his recovery


Jul 12, 1918

Discharged from the 2nd CCD and posted to the 4th Reserve Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Granted permission to marry.  Even though this permission was granted, there is nothing in the file to indicate that he did in fact get married.  His next of kin was never changed and there was no change in any pay assignment


Sep 20, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Battalion


Sep 23, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Etaples France as part of a draft of 116 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 1st Battalion


Sep 25, 1918

Left the CBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Sep 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion without actually joining the 1st Battalion, having been diverted while still at the CCRC


Sep 30, 1918

Left the CCRC and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 2, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Hindenburg Support Lines


Oct 11, 1918

The 21st Battalion was part of a major advance at Avesnes les Sec.  During that advance, Pte Barry received a gun shot wound to the head and was evacuated to a Field ambulance for first aid

Below is from the 21st Battalion's War Diary for October 12, 1918


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to the No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Oct 13, 1918

After first being reported to be “dangerously ill”, Pte Barry died of his wounds at the No 22 CCS 

Bucquoy Road Cemetery
Ficheux France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Ernest Barry, at Tilbury Ontario 

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs Victoria Barry at the same address


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 Elie Barry's name being projected on the outside wall of Canada House in London England.


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