Harry Chance



Apr 19, 1894

Born at Lye Worcester England


Oct 20, 1914

Pay card shows that Pte Chance was paid from Oct 20 to Nov 10, 1914 as a member of the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 59151

Ø     Next of kin given as Joseph Chance (father) of Wollescote, near Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England

Ø     Occupation given as “Farmer”

Ø     Religion given as “Church of England”

Ø     No previous service is recorded

Ø     Scars from burns on left forearm noted 

A second set of attestation papers are in the file which are identical except the date on them is Nov 3, 1914.  The other pages in the file consistently show Nov 11 as the attestation date.


May 1, 1915

Pay assignment of $25 per month made to Joseph Chance of 8 Attwood St., Lye, Worcester, England 

Ø     Pay sheet notes that he is in “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the “Metagama” for England at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Folkestone England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp


Aug 1, 1915

Transferred to 2nd Division Headquarters Sub Staff at Shorncliffe as a “Groom”


Sep 28, 1915

Admitted to No 9 Casualty Clearing Station with SW left hand


Oct 6, 1915

TOS Canadian Base Depot from 4th Infantry Brigade at Rouen


Oct 14, 1915

Left CBD to join unit


Dec 7, 1915

Transferred from 2nd Division HQ to 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1915

TOS 21st Battalion in the field


May 1, 1916

Pay assignment reduced to $20 per month.


Sep 20, 1916

Promoted to Cpl vice Gordon (Cpl John Gordon, 59379, died of wounds on this date at Amiens)


Sep 28, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Canadian Field Ambulance with SW left hand


Sep 29, 1916

Admitted No 6 General Hospital at Rouen with a gun shot wound in his left hand


Oct 2, 1916

Transferred to No 2 Convalescent Hospital


Oct 4, 1916

Discharged to Base Details at Boulogne


Oct 16, 1916

At duty with 21st Battalion from hospital


Dec 7, 1916

Sent to Bombing Course in the field


Dec 25, 1916

Returned from Bombing Course and granted 10 days leave


Jan 9, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Mar 9, 1917

Appointed A/Sgt with pay


Mar 31, 1917

Admitted to 13th Field Ambulance (Imperial) with Synovitis (inflammation of the joint) in right knee and reverts to permanent grade of Cpl


Apr 5, 1917

Transferred to No 7 Canadian General Hospital with Synovitis

in right knee moved to No 23 CCS and to A.T. No 18.  (the record is not clear as to which order these moves took place)


Apr 8, 1917

Admitted No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Apr 10, 1917

On Command Canadian Details Camp


Apr 13, 1917

Admitted to No 39 General Hospital at Havre with Scabies


Apr 14, 1917

Taken on CBD from Etaples “A” then struck of Etaples “A” and sent to 39 General Hospital


Apr 21, 1917

Discharged to reinforcements at Havre


Apr 22, 1917

Taken on CBD from 39 General Hospital


Apr 26, 1917

Admitted No 7 Stationary Hospital at Harfleur with Influenza, later determined to be effects of poison, more precisely Sulfur poisoning. - Taken on CBD


May 4, 1917

Transferred to No 2 General Hospital at Havre from No 7 Canadian Stationary Hospital “A”


May 6, 1917

Transferred to No 39 General Hospital at Havre


Jun 15, 1917

Discharged to Base Depot at Etaples


Jun 30, 1917

At duty 21st Battalion from hospital


Nov 30, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 16, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Promoted to Sgt


Nov 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 5, 1918

Admitted to 2nd London General Hospital, St Mark’s College, King’s Road, Chelsea S.W., with influenza


Dec 6, 1918

Posted to EORD while on leave in France and admitted to hospital


Dec 19, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bear Wood Wokingham Berkshire with influenza


Dec 24, 1918

On Command to EORD


Dec 27, 1918

Discharged to duty


Jan 14, 1919

Ceases to be attached and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion Witley


Jan 24, 1919

SOS on transfer to MD No 3, Kimmel Park


Apr 5, 1919

Awarded the Belgian Croix De Guerre – London Gazette #31275



Apr 24, 1919

SOS on transfer from MD 3 Kimmel Park to “C” Wing


May 14, 1919

Ceases to be on Command Rhyl on being discharged in England.


Proposed address on discharge – 8 Attwood St., Lye, Worcester, England


Jun 9, 1919

SOS “C” Wing Kimmel Park on discharge from army at Rhyl


Nov 29, 1920

1914-15 Star sent to 2 Hungary Hill Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England


Apr 15, 1921

Sworn into service in England into the 3rd NMRE (DF) 

Ø     Number 82 

This service was due to a State of Emergency being called by the British Government over the coal strike in the North of England.  It is unclear as to whether he acted as a guard, or whether he worked in the mine, as my research indicates that some soldiers were employed underground.


Apr 18, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 2 Hungary Hill Stourbridge, Worcestershire, England


Jul 4, 1921

Letter in file from the British Prime Minister’s Office at 10 Downing St, London, thanking him for his service  

“during the recent national emergency”.   

The letter goes on to say 

“The readiness which you and others have shown in coming forward to defend the public was an effectual guarantee for the maintenance of law and order, and for the preservation of the people from threatened privation and misery; it will be remembered with gratitude by all sections of the community.”


Jul 5, 1921

Discharged from the 3rd NMRE (DF) at Brierley Hill, England


May 15, 1940

Attested into the Canadian Army Provost Corps at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number C-444


Jul 14, 1945

Discharged from the Provost Corps at Kingston Ontario


Photo courtesy of the Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Museum

Below is from the January 1937 issue of the Communiqué

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