Roy Joseph Boles

Aug 8, 1887

Born in Teeswater, Ontario to John and Tina (nee McKinnon) Boles


Mar 1, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Number 59078 (temporary number 1304)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Boles, father, 183 Morse St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Lineman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

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


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


May 24, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Aug 29, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Aug 31, 1916

Rejoined the battalion after being briefly attached to the 4th Brigade Signal Company


Dec 2, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 14, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 9, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Corps Headquarters Signal Company


Sep 7, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 19, 1917

Rejoined the unit from leave


Nov 23, 1917

Attached to the No. 2 Signals Company for duty as a Lineman


Feb 21, 1918

Rejoined the Headquarters Company from being attached


Sep 23, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 9, 1918

Rejoined the unit from leave


Jan 21, 1919

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 3 day’s pay for being absent from January 18 to January 21.


Jan 26, 1919

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1 for failing to board the proper train


Mar 29, 1919

Proceeded to the Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion in Seaford, England pending return to Canada


Apr 15, 1919

Proceeded to MD #2 Wing in Kimmel Park, Rhyl


May 7, 1919

Embarked the SS Celtic in Liverpool


Taken On Strength Military District #2 Depot in Toronto, Ontario


May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto


May 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 202528

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 123 Morse St., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 77 Wardell St., Toronto, Ontario


Oct 18, 1919

Married to Mary Ellen Heeney in Hamilton, Ontario


May 8, 1928

Roy’s wife Mary Ellen, passed away in Toronto, Ontario


Apr 16, 1937

Married to Margaret Mae Rayfield in Toronto, Ontario

He claimed to be a widower and his bride claimed to be a widow.

Roy Boles gave his occupation as Electrical Worker living at 55 Harbord St., Toronto, Ontario


Mar 15, 1940

Voter’s list shows him living at 94 Harbord St., Toronto, Ontario with his occupation listed as Hydro Employee.  His wife is not listed at this address


Nov 21, 1940

Roy Joseph Boles died of a Coronary Thrombosis in Toronto and was buried in a Veteran’s Plot in the Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario



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