George Edward Beamish



Mar 25, 1888

Born at Pembroke Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59047 (temporary number 393)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Beamish (father) of Pembroke Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The Battalion carried out their training in Kingston and area


Jan 14, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital after receiving a vaccination


Jan 18, 1915

Discharged to duty


Feb 23, 1915

An ice hockey game was played between the 21st Battalion and the 14th Regiment PWOR.  The 21st Battalion won that game 5 goals to 0.  Pte Beamish played right defence for the 21st Battalion


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jun 3, 1915

Granted extra duty pay as a Motor Car Driver


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Feb 22, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) Rest Station at Mont de Cats, diagnosed with an infected right arm and hand


Feb 27, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Casualty Clearing Station


Mar 7, 1916

Returned to duty with the 21st Battalion


Jan 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Apr 14, 1917

Admitted to No 9 CFA with pains in legs and neck 

Transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Bruay.


Apr 22, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to the EORD while in hospital 

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Richmond


May 30, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 11, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with Myalgia


Jul 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the EORD and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for Physical Training


Oct 11, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and returned to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 7, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps and posted to their Depot at Sunningdale


Feb 8, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Sep 24, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jun 4, 1919

Admitted to the Isolation Hospital at Aldershot and placed on the dangerously ill list with Septic Meningitis


Jul 6, 1919

Removed from the dangerously ill list


Aug 1, 1919

Transferred to the No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington


Sep 11, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya


Posted to the Military District No 3 at Kingston Ontario


Sep 19, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Sep 21, 1919

Posted to the Hospital Section at the Queen’s Military Hospital and admitted to the Sydenham Military Hospital with a diagnosis of Myalgia


Sep 22, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until October 6, 1919


Oct 22, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to the Casualty Company


Oct 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario with a pensionable disability 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214903

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number 65366

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke Ontario


Apr 11, 1921

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Pembroke Ontario


Apr 24, 1922

Sgt Beamish acted as the chauffeur for Governor General The Lord and Lady Byng during their visit to Pembroke as part of their cross Canada tour. 

From 1932 to 1934 he was employed as the Foreman of a Trans-Canada Highway Camp in the Pembroke-Mattawa Division.  In 1934 he moved to Rossport in Northern Ontario in the same capacity


Apr 23, 1950

Died of Portal Cirrhosis at the Veterans Pavilion of the Ottawa Civic Hospital 

Buried in the Wesley United Church Cemetery, Pembroke Ontario 


I would like to thank Bruce Kettles for his assistance with this research and for supplying the service file

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