John Bell



Jul 12, 1888

Born in Carlisle, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59054 (temporary number 729)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Edith Bell, wife, 41 Milbourne St., Carlisle, Cumberland, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       This was later noted as Tire Builder for Goodyear Tire Company, Bowmanville, Ontario

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company, 14 Platoon

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

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


Dec 19, 1914

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Aug 23, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Carlisle.  There is no diagnosis recorded in the file, nor is there any record of him being granted leave, as Carlisle is in the northern portion of England, a substantial distance from their barracks in West Sandling.


Aug 29, 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


Dec 15, 1915

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Dec 21, 1915

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jan 31, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 10, 1916

Rejoined battalion from leave


Mar 19, 1916

Severely reprimanded for assaulting Private Alfred Temple


May 7, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt T.J. Ward MM who had been appointed to be Company Quartermaster Sergeant


Sep 4, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis and transferred the same day to the No. 10 Stationary Hospital, St. Omer, with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined)


Oct 18, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Stationary Hospital, Arques, and the diagnosis was changed to read Colic


Nov 3, 1916

Discharged to the Base Depot in Havre


Nov 10, 1916

The Medical Board changed his classification to “C” meaning that he was not fit for combat service at the front and he was transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in England


Nov 17, 1916

Attached to the Garrison Duty Depot in Shoreham


Dec 29, 1916

Attached to the 34th Battalion in Hastings for duty


Jan 19, 1917

Re-attached to the Garrison Depot for duty


Feb 19, 1917

Attached to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Hastings for duty


Mar 10, 1917

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


May 23, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD at St. Leonard’s Hospital for duty


Jul 23, 1917

Ceased to be attached to 3rd CCD and proceeded to the EORD in Seaford


Aug 2, 1917

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


Aug 31, 1917

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool


Sep 9, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Sep 16, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes that he suffers from Colic and Hallux Valgas of the left foot (a deformity that causes the big toe to be angled outward toward the other toes)


Oct 1, 1917

He proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and on arrival was taken on the strength of the #3 Special Service Company


Nov 5, 1917

Medical Board at Fort Henry, Kingston, notes the Hallux Valgas and also makes note that he suffers from Myalgia.  The board recommends that he discharged from the CEF on Compassionate Grounds


Nov 17, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 68 Garden Ave., Toronto, Ontario 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 115 Sorauren Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Feb 16, 1963

John Bell died in Carlisle, Cumberland, England.  His widow’s address is recorded as 9 Peel St., at Newtown Road, Carlisle


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