Godfrey Burke



Aug 7, 1891

Born in Dublin, Ireland


May 22, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø      Number 454338

Ø      Next of kin given as John Burke, brother, 18 Mount Joy Square, Dublin, Ireland

o       There is also a note to notify Dr. McCullogh, uncle, at the same address

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, in Kingston

A pay assignment was made to Miss Florence Abbott, fiancé, box 826 Lindsay, Ontario, but this was cancelled on August 1, 1916 when the engagement was broken off.


Sep 1, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bordon Camp to continue training.

This same day he was appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant


May 29, 1916

Proceeded on the PT & FB Course (Physical Training and Bayonet Fighting) held at the Napier Barracks, Shorncliffe


Jun 24, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Sep 7, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to a fighting battalion in France and was posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 8, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 17, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Sep 18, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion which had just moved into billets in Vadencourt, France after suffering heavy losses in the fighting at Courcelette


Feb 9, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Feb 14, 1917

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers


Mar, 3, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Mar 14, 1917

Declared fit for service and discharged to the Details Camp in Etaples


Mar 21, 1917

Joined the CBD in Havre


Mar 31, 1917

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux.  The battalion was conducting training for the attack on Vimy Ridge


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, Private Burke was first reported to be Missing in Action.  There is no record in the file as to when he was found or by whom, but one would assume members of another battalion located him. 


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux with severe shrapnel wounds to his right side and back


Apr 13, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth from the No. 14 General Hospital.

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Barnet War Hospital in High Barnet


Jul 11, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 10, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and granted 10 days sick leave.  Following his leave he was to report to the EORD in Seaford


Sep 5, 1917

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for being absent for 1 day


Sep 15, 1917

On Command to the School of Stenography in Hastings


Sep 19, 1917

Ceased to be On Command to the school and proceeded to join the EORD in Seaford


Oct 8, 1917

Posted to the CAPC (Canadian Army Postal Corps) in London to be employed as a clerk


Nov 30, 1917

Posted to the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Dec 1, 1917

TOS the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Jan 4, 1918

Posted to the CASC R&DD (Canadian Army Service Corps Reserve and Duty Depot) in Shorncliffe


Feb 2, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant without pay and placed On Command to the Training Establishment at Aldershot for duty


Mar 1, 1918

Reverted to the rank of private and ceased to be On Command to Aldershot


Mar 30, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) and posted to the CASC CD (Canadian Army Service Corps Corps Depot) in Shorncliffe for duty


Apr 29, 1918

Admitted to the No. 11 Canadian General Hospital, Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


May 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital with light duties and reported to the Depot Company at the CASC Corps Depot


May 23, 1918

Transferred to the CASC R & DD at Shorncliffe


Jul 10, 1918

Transferred to the CASC London and employed as a Clerk


Aug 10, 1918

Rated for pay as 1st Class Clerk


Jan 14, 1919

Married to Mary, 119 Salisbury Road, Barnet, Hertfordshire, England


Jan 15, 1919

Granted permission to marry


Nov 29, 1919

Posted to the 2nd CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) pending return to Canada


Dec 27, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool

TOS the Saint John Depot, Clearing Services Command


Jan 6, 1920

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick


Jan 10, 1920

Discharged from the CEF in Saint John, New Brunswick 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 413341

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 66 Alton Avenue, Toronto, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 33 Willow St., Brooklyn, New York, USA.  The latter is shown below with permission of the owner

If you know the location of the missing British War Medal, please contact the webmaster 


Jul 8, 1920

Entered the USA at Buffalo, New York for the purpose of visiting his wife living in Brooklyn, New York.  His stated occupation was given as Clerk and living in Toronto, Ontario


Feb 24, 1921

Entered the USA at Buffalo, New York for the purpose of joining his wife living in Brooklyn, New York.  His stated occupation was given as Clerk and living in Toronto, Ontario


Sep 19, 1953

Reported to have died on this date.  His next of kin is listed as Mrs. Mary G. Burke, widow, 54 Oak Tree Dr., Whetstone, London, England


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