Raymond Boocock


May 20, 1879

Born at Yorkshire England


Apr 8, 1916

Attested into the 164th Battalion at Oakville Ontario 

Ø      Number 663677

Ø      Next of kin given as Grace Edith Boocock (wife) of Oakville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as being in the band of the 20th Halton Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jul 6, 1916

The Battalion moved to Camp Borden to continue training


Aug 1, 1916

Admitted to the Camp Borden Hospital diagnosed with Cellulitis of the feet (a skin infection)


Aug 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 10, 1917

Embarked the SS Carpathia at Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 22, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to East Sandling.  On arrival there he was transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion


May 27, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion at East Sandling


Mar 9, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion at Witley


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 125th Battalion and rejoined the 164th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 31, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Apr 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Wailly France as part of a draft of 44 other ranks as reinforcements.  On the same date he was awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 8, 1918

During the advance at Marcelcave near of Amiens, he was severely wounded and admitted to a Field Ambulance then transferred to No 6 Canadian General Hospital


Aug 11, 1918

He died of his wounds at No 6 Canadian General Hospital 

 St Sever Cemetery
Rouen France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow c/o WA Chisholm, Barrister, at Oakville, Ontario.  A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs A Boocock, at Box 520, Oakville Ontario




For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Raymond Boocock being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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