Francis Thomas Belyea, MM



Mar 16, 1885

Born at Montreal Quebec


Feb 23, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 412665 (initially the number was A12665, but the “A” was later changed to a “4”

Ø      Next of kin given as Katherine Belyea (sister) of Montreal Quebec

o       This was later changed to read Mrs. Frank B Kosmela of 435 Carver St., Plymouth Pennsylvania, USA

o       There is also a note to advise Mr. H Miller, MD, c/o Dept of Interior, United States Indian Services, Laona Wisconsin, USA

Ø      Previous occupation was given as Miner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Jun 1, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl


Jun 24, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec



Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to Shorncliffe


Sep 5, 1915

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl


Sep 20, 1915

Attached to the 30th Battalion while attending Canadian Military School


Nov 9, 1915

Granted certificate for the One Month Course at Canadian Military School


Feb 19, 1916

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request in order to proceed to the front


Feb 21, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 11, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Mar 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The battalion was in Divisional reserve at La Clytte France


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers with shrapnel wounds to right hand and left thigh


Oct 8, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


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


Oct 9, 1916

Admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham


Dec 4, 1916

Transferred to CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jan 2, 1917

Mentioned in Despatches per London Gazette #29890



Jan 6, 1917

Discharged from CCH and reported to CCAC at Hastings with an order for 6 weeks of physical training


Feb 10, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt while employed as an instructor at Bexhill


Feb 11, 1917

Attached to the CTWS (Canadian Trench Warfare School) at Crowborough as an instructor


Mar 11, 1917

TOS the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to #3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) while instructing at CTWS


Mar 17, 1917

Appointed to Acting Cpl without pay while acting as an instructor


Mar 23, 1917

Ceases to be attached to #3 CCD while instructing at CTWS


Apr 10, 1917

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion and remains attached to CTWS


Jul 2, 1917

Posted to CTWS


Feb 21, 1918

SOS the CTWS and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion 

Reverts to the rank of Pte


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1918

Left CIBD for CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Apr 16, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


May 13, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join unit


May 14, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jul 26, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sgt with pay


Oct 29, 1918

Relinquishes rank of Lance Sgt on proceeding to England


Nov 1, 1918

Posted to EORD and placed On Command to 1st Reserve Battalion pending attending the Officer Training Course 

This course was cancelled due to the signing of the Armistice


Nov 26, 1918

Ceases to be attached to 1st Reserve Battalion and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 19, 1918

Placed On Command to 3rd Reserve Battalion at Witley


Jan 24, 1919

Embarked the RMS Grampian at Liverpool


TOS No 1 District Depot at London Ontario


Feb 2, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to London Ontario


Feb 4, 1919

Posted to Casualty Company at #1 District Depot and granted leave with subsistence of 80 cents per day


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 82533

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 88 Maybury Grand Ave., Detroit Michigan, USA

Ø      Rank on discharge Acting Sgt 

There is no indication on the Medals card in the file that his British War Medal or Victory Medal had ever been sent to him


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