John Brice, MM

Above was taken during the 1936 Pilgrimage to Vimy Ridge for the Memorial's unveiling



May 16, 1888

Born at London England


Nov 25, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59093 (temporary number 1116)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs EJ Brice (mother) of 38 Roding Rd, Clapton Pk, London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Brethern

Ø      Initial Company assignment not recorded in file, but when in France served in No 9 Platoon, “C” Company as a runner



Mar 21, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with Influenza


Mar 28, 1915

Discharged to duty


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Dec 30, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Influenza


Jan 2, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at Godewaersvelde


Jan 5, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave until April 11, 1916


Apr 11, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 29, 1916         Wounded by shrapnel to left leg and admitted to CFA


Above is from the 21st Battalion War Diary


Sep 30, 1916

Transferred to CCS and surgery performed to remove shrapnel


Oct 1, 1916

Transferred to No 1 Stationary Hospital at Rouen and second surgery performed


Oct 9, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Maheno


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


Oct 10, 1916

Admitted to the Metropolitan Hospital, London


Dec 9, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29854


This was awarded for his actions as a runner during the fighting at Courcelette where he was wounded.

Citation reads

Near Courcellette 15th/16th, 1916.  For exceptional gallantry and energetic devotion to duty.  When employed as a runner he made numerous trips between front line and Battalion Hdeqrs under heavy shell fire.  He acted as guide to parties going forward and upon one occasion brought out with him men who had been wounded.  He displayed marked disregard for his own personal safety and his conduct throughout was most creditable.

Auth: AFW 3121

Jan 2, 1917

Transferred to King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bushey Park


Feb 3, 1917

Transferred to Granville Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Feb 19, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital then discharged to CCAC


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Mar 22, 1917

Embarked the SS Essequibo at Liverpool



Mar 31, 1917

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to MOH (Military Orthopedic Hospital) Christie St, Toronto Ontario


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred to Military Hospital Convalescent Centre, Spadina Ave, Toronto as an out-patient


May 11, 1917

Transferred to Whitby Hospital


May 23, 1917

Transferred to Toronto Military Hospital, College St, from Whitby


Jun 2, 1917

Transferred to N Toronto Hospital


Sep 15, 1917

Transferred to Collingwood Hospital as an out-patient


Address while in Collingwood – Box 233 Collingwood, c/o Mrs Meacham


Sep 29, 1917

Transferred from Collingwood to N Toronto Hospital


Feb 15, 1918

Medical Board at MOH Toronto notes: 

Ø      Suffers from shrapnel wounds to left leg, thigh and foot with limited movement of left knee

Ø      Is painful when walking and walks with a marked limp

Ø      Left foot swells when walking

Ø      Suffers from numbness when cold or damp

Ø      Recommend he be classified E3 and be discharged


Mar 6, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Residence on discharge – 23 Wood St Toronto Ontario

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit

Ø      Given 3 months Post Discharge Pay


Dec 17, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 45 Nairn Ave, Toronto Ontario


Above is from the January 1936 issue of the Communiqué

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