Joseph Henry Belch



Aug 12, 1876

Born in Belleville, Ontario to James John and Harriet “Hattie” Elizabeth Barlow


Mar 6, 1901

Married to Elizabeth “Eliza” Elliot in Belleville, Ontario


Mar 26, 1914

Joseph’s wife, Eliza, died in the Rockwood Hospital, Portsmouth, Ontario of Tuberculosis


Nov 2, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry, Canadian Militia in Belleville


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59052 (temporary number 839)

Ø      Next of kin given as Vera Belch, daughter, 3 Emily St., Belleville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

On attesting, he stated he was born in 1878, not 1876. 

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


Jan 13, 1915

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital, Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 15, 1915

Transferred to the Kingston General Hospital then discharged to duty


Feb 4, 1915

Admitted to the Queen Street Military Hospital, Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Feb 10, 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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Mining Section


Nov 3, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Influenza and transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at the No. 6 CFA in Locre


Nov 7, 1915

Discharged to unit


Jan 12, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion on being transferred to the newly formed 3rd Canadian Tunnelling Company in Sainte-Marie-Cappel, France


Jan 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 13, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Jun 1, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 7, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 22, 1918

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 13, 1919

Rejoined unit from leave


Mar 3, 1919

Proceeded to England and was attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) at Seaford pending return to Canada


Apr 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton


Apr 21, 1919

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


Apr 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246553

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 387 Front St., Belleville, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 214 Coleman St., Belleville


Jan 19, 1920

Married to Elizabeth “Eliza” S. Clark in Trenton, Ontario 

There is a discrepancy in his birth year.  When he married in 1901, he stated he was born in 1878.  He also gave 1878 as his birth year when he attested into the CEF.  However when he married the second time in 1920, he stated he was born in 1876. 


Joseph Henry Belch died in Largo, Florida in 1962 and as seen on his grave marker, it states he was born in 1876. 

Largo City Cemetery
Largo, Florida, USA


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