John Charles Batty



Oct 19, 1872

Born in Sheffield, Yorkshire, England


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59045 (temporary number 44)

Ø      Next of kin given as Matilda Sarah Batty, wife, RMC (Royal Military College), Kingston, Ontario

o       The address was later changed to Markham Moore, Tuxford, England when she proceeded to England to be near her husband

Ø      Previous occupation given as Butcher

o       It was later noted that he had been employed as a Servant at RMC prior to enlistment

Ø      Previous military service given as 14th Regiment PWOR (Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles) and 8 years in the Rifle Brigade, British Army

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

o       A medical history compiled near the end of his service states he also served as a Cook and as a Batman 

He lied about his age on enlistment, stating that he had been born in 1876. 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Jan 6, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 7, 1915

Admitted to St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Urethritis (it was initially diagnosed as Gonorrhea, but that was in error and changed)


Jun 19, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 28, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Military Hospital, Shorncliffe, with a diagnosis that reads Malarial Fever 

It was noted that he suffered from Malaria while fighting in the Boer War in South Africa and has suffered periodic attacks since.


Jul 7, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Sep 29, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division as a Cook


Dec 25, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) due to retention of urine


Dec 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 10, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Mar 28, 1917

Admitted to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Stricture of Urethra


Mar 29, 1917

Transferred via No. 12 AT (Ambulance Train)


Mar 30, 1917

Admitted to the No. 22 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers with a urinary tract infection


Apr 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Antrim

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Gloucester, also known as the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital 

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


Apr 20, 1917

Surgery performed to remove an obstruction in the urinary tract


Jun 13, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 22, 1917

Attached to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) and sent to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for physical therapy 

During a medical examination he stated that he did not want to return to Canada for family reasons


Jul 30, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and returned to the EORD


Aug 11, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 9, 1918

Posted to the BDCFC (Base Depot Canadian Forestry Corps) in Sunningdale and attached to the No. 52 District in Carlisle


May 28, 1918

Posted to the 132nd Company CFC in District 52


Aug 26, 1918

Posted to the 113th Company CFC


Nov 21, 1918

Posted to the BDCFC in Sunningdale


Jan 2, 1919

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1919

Embarked the RMS Tunisian in Liverpool


Feb 10, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Feb 12, 1919

TOS the No. 3 District Casualty Company in Kingston


Mar 22, 1919

Employed in the Officer’s Mess


May 7, 1919

Shown On Command to the Military District #3 Headquarters while employed in the Officer’s Mess


Apr 15, 1920

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279191

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge, Barriefield, Ontario 

The medical exam prior to his discharge makes note of Arterio Sclerosis that was not caused by his service.  It also notes that he suffered from Gonorrhea in 1899, Malaria in 1900, and Typhoid Fever and Dysentery in 1901. 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him in Barriefield 

1921 Canadian Census shows him living in Pittsburgh Township (now part of Kingston) with his wife and 6 children


Jun 6, 1961

John Batty passed away in the Veteran’s Pavilion of the Hotel Dieu Hospital, Kingston, Ontario. 

His next of kin was listed as Mrs. Mary Knowlton, daughter, 607 Portsmouth Ave., Kingston


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