Arthur Bolyea



Jul 12, 1891

Born in Belleville, Ontario Oliver and Mary Jane Bolyea


Feb 26, 1916

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Brockville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 455900

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Jane Bolyea, mother, 102 Pinnacle St., Belleville, Ontario

o       This was later changed to read Mr. D. Bolyea, father, 203 Pinnacle St., Belleville

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 15th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the Base Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area. 

On enlistment, he stated that he was the sole supporter of his mother as his father was an invalid.


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Shorncliffe for further training


Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to the Bordon Military Hospital, Aldershot with a diagnosis that reads Conjunctivitis (Pink Eye)


May 13, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 19, 1916

Sentenced in a civil court to two months detention in hard labour for an indecent assault


Jul 6, 1916

Released from jail and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Aug 17, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 138 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1916

Classified “C” and Invalided to England

There is no indication that he ever left the depot in Havre, as the entry for his medical classification was attributed to the Commanding Officer of the Rouelles Camp

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


Oct 2, 1916

A hospital report states that his hearing problem is a combination of middle ear and nerve deafness which existed prior to his enlistment, even though he insisted that he had no hearing problems when he volunteered.  The report recommends that he is fit for base duty only


Nov 22, 1916

Admitted to the West Cliff Eye and Ear Hospital, Shoreham for a hearing assessment and discharged the same day


Dec 5, 1916

Attached to the YMCA at West Sandling for duty and posted to the 36th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes


Dec 8, 1916

Attached to the 35th Battalion for pay purposes, but remained with the YMCA


Jan 18, 1917

Ceased to be attached and reported to the CCAC Hastings for duty


Jan 20, 1917

On Command to the Garrison Duty Depot at Shorncliffe for duty


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred to the 24th Battalion


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD but remained at the Garrison Duty Depot for duty


Apr 3, 1917

TOS the BCRD (British Columbia Regimental Depot)


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and detailed to the Depot Company for duty at Seaford


May 2, 1917

Transferred to the CFCBD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot), Sunningdale


May 18, 1917

Posted to the #37 Company CFC (Canadian Forestry Corps) in France


Aug 8, 1917

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #1 for Drunkenness


Oct 8, 1917

Admitted to the Sialkot RAMC (Royal Army Medical Corps) Field Ambulance then transferred the same day to the No. 5 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Otitis Media of middle ear


Oct 14, 1917

Transferred via No. 4 AT (Ambulance Train) to hospital


Oct 15, 1917

Admitted to the No. 10 General Hospital, Rouen


Oct 19, 1917

Invalided to England

Posted to the CFCBD while in hospital

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bath War Hospital


Nov 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Epsom


Jan 25, 1918

Discharged to non-combat duty


Mar 7, 1918

Posted to the 134th Company, of the 54th District, CFC


May 24, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Jun 20, 1918

Taken on married strength of the 134th Company, of the 54th District, CFC


Jun 27, 1918

The next of kin was changed to read Irene Bolyea, wife, 52 Charles St., Tonypandy, South Wales


Aug 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 11 Canadian General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Scabies.


Aug 18, 1918

Transferred to the Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital with hearing problems and discharge coming from his ears


Aug 29, 1918

Posted to the CFCBD, Sunningdale


Sep 13, 1918

A hospital report states that he cannot hear any voice in his right ear, and partial deafness in left ear.  The report also indicates that the problem existed prior to his enlistment in the CEF, even though he insisted that he had no hearing problems when he volunteered


Sep 14, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 3, 1918

Posted to the 130th Company, 55th District CFC, Stirling


Jan 4, 1919

Arthur Bolyea’s wife, Irene, embarked the RMS Metagama in Liverpool


Jan 16, 1919

Irene disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Belleville, Ontario to live with Arthur’s mother, Mary Jane Bolyea


Jan 23, 1919

Posted to the CFCBD, Sunningdale


Mar 7, 1919

Medical Board notes that he suffers from defective vision in both eyes in addition to his defective hearing and is recommended for discharge from the CEF


Mar 19, 1919

Posted to MD #3, Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Mar 25, 1919

Embarked the HMT Scotian in Liverpool


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in St. John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246000

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Belleville, Ontario

Following the war the British War Medal (below) and Victory Medals were sent to him at 293 Pinnacle St., Belleville, Ontario

The Victory Medal is missing.  If you know of it's location, please contact the webmaster


Dec 28, 1928

Arthur Bolyea’s wife, Irene, died in St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto of Hepatitis and General Septicemia.  The home address for Arthur is noted as 143 Ontario St., Toronto.

The Communiqué (the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter) reports that Arthur Bolyea died in Belleville in April of 1966.


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