Dudley Herbert Edwin Cornell Chads

Sep 6, 1891

Born in London, England to Herbert A Cornell and Verena (nee Stevens) Chads


Apr 20, 1912

Embarked the SS Mongolian in Liverpool



May 2, 1912

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec


Apr 29, 1913

Married to Laurel Maye Vayne Webster in St. John’s Church, Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 24, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59148 (temporary number 1092)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Laurel Chands, wife, Lakefield, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Analytical Chemist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company

There was also an attestation paper shown on the same date with the number 50428, but also showing the unit as the 21st Battalion.  Both forms were signed by L/Col WSP Hughes, the Commanding Officer of the 21st Battalion.  The information on both sets of papers is identical, with the exception of the service number.

Two weeks earlier, his brother-in-law Wilbert Webster had joined the 21st Battalion

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


Dec 8, 1914

Although not noted in his file, a newspaper account reports that Private Chads was “appointed to the AMC (Army Medical Corps” of the 21st Battalion




Apr 30, 1915

The temporary service number was changed to 371


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 30, 1915

Service number was changed to 50428


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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

On arrival in France Private Chads was transferred to the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) and remained attached to the 21st Battalion on Water Detail


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 22, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 31, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 15, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 9, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 11, 1918

Attached to the 6th Brigade Canadian Infantry for duty


Jan 28, 1919

Granted 14 days leave

While on leave in England, he was placed in quarantine after being in contact with a person with measles


Mar 7, 1919

Rejoined the 6th Brigade from leave


Mar 22, 1919

Attached to the 21st Battalion for “regrouping”.  In other words, he rejoined the battalion for the return trip to Canada


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was attached to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 18, 1919

Medical exam in Witley notes partial loss of vision due to Myopia that existed prior to enlistment.  Glasses are required to correct his vision

May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Service number on discharge 50429

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279713

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Lakefield, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 177, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, USA.


Feb 11, 1935

Dudley Chads became a Naturalized Citizen of the USA


Apr 1, 1942

Dudley Chads registered for the WW2 USA Draft


Mar 1, 1958

Living at 321 South Oak St., Kansas City, Kansas, USA and the city directory lists his employment as Plant Manager of the National Gypsum Company.

Dudley Chads died in Medicine Lodge, Barber County, Kansas, USA in September of 1964 and is buried in the Highland Cemetery there.



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