John Stagg Bedlow


Jan 26, 1880

Born in Brockville, Ontario to John and Elizabeth (nee Conlon) Bedlow

There seems to be some confusion as to the year of his birth.  On the birth registration filed in 1928, 1880 was given, while on the 1901 Census, he gave his birth year as 1879.  On attestation below, he gave his birth year as 1881.  His death registration also shows his birth year as 1881


Nov 4, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59050 (temporary number 36)

Ø      Next of kin given as Richard Bedlow, brother, 21 Hamilton St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Butcher working for his brother for $75 per month plus keep

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

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


Mar 18, 1915

To receive extra pay as a Cook


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 1, 1915

Ceased to draw pay as a cook


Nov 2, 1915

While the battalion was moving from Ridgewood to La Clytte, Private Bedlow was thrown from a wagon and suffered a severe fracture to his right leg.  He was taken first to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transported to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where his leg was amputated at the knee.


Nov 10, 1915

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples


Nov 14, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Manor House Hospital in Folkestone

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 27, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Feb 15, 1916

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Feb 25, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the CCAC


Mar 2, 1916

Admitted to the Convalescent Hospital in Prior Park, Bath.  On March 6, he was offered an artificial leg but stated that he preferred to have one made in Canada.


Mar 11, 1916

Embarked the SS Sicilian in Liverpool


Mar 24, 1916

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to the Quebec City Discharge Depot


Mar 26, 1916

Medical Board at Quebec City states that the wound is well healed and is ready for an artificial leg


Mar 31, 1916

Arrived in Toronto, Ontario and after completing some paperwork, was granted leave with subsistence


Apr 1, 1916

Arrived in Brockville on leave


Apr 10, 1916

Returned to Toronto to receive his artificial leg


May 1, 1916

Shown on the payroll of the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Sep 19, 1916

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” and Class “B” issued 

Admitted to the Military Convalescent Home in Toronto but remained on the payroll of the MD #3 Casualty Company in Kingston 

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at 20 Hamilton St., Brockville, Ontario

There is no date in the file as to when he was discharged from the convalescent home




Sep 15, 1930

John Stagg Bedlow died of a Coronary Embolism in Brockville, Ontario.  He was buried in the Roman Catholic section of the Brockville Cemetery.  His occupation is listed as Customs Officer


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