John Chard

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Mar 8, 1895

Born to Jonathan Sydney and Eliza (nee Bartlett) Chard in Hastings County, Ontario.


Mar 27, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Stirling, Ontario

Ø      Number 636923

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. John Chard, mother, Frankford, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as having served in the 49th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


May 28, 1916

Was sent to the Barriefield Military Hospital for dental treatment and released the same day.


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott for additional training.


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the battalion.


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve billets in Bully Grenay.


Sep 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave.


Oct 2, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave.


Nov 3, 1917

In the early morning hours the battalion moved into the Passchendaele front lines and during the night of November 3-4, the Germans attacked their front line near Crest Farm.  Private Chard was killed during that attack.

Tyne Cot Cemetery
Ypres, Belgium

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Eliza Chard, Frankford, Ontario.

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. John Chard, at the same address.


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