Oliver Milton Code


Jan 21, 1900

Born to William John Code and Elizabeth Balance at North Elmsley, Lanark County, Ontario


Apr 18, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Kemptville Ontario 

Ø      Number 640056

Ø      Next of kin given as William Alfred Code (brother) of Oxford Mills Ontario

o       Note in file requests that notification be sent to Miss Beulah Craig of North Gower Ontario in case of death

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

It is worthy to note that he lied about his age on Attestation, giving his birth date as July 21st, 1898, making him only 16 years of age on enlisting


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Nov 1, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 109th Battalion at Witley


Dec 8, 1916

TOS the 124th Battalion at Witley


Jan 6, 1917

TOS the 156th Battalion at Witley


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Left No 2 CIBD and proceeded to the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Mar 15, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in billets at Gouy-Servins carrying out training exercises.  The War Diary makes mention of a draft of 105 Other Ranks joining the Battalion as reinforcements on this date, all from the 156th Battalion which was broken up with the demise of the Canadian 5th Division.  He was assigned to “B” Company 

His cousin, Milford John Code was a member of the 21st Battalion’s Machine Gun Section


Apr 2, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to his left leg during an attack near Telegraph Hill Switch and admitted to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 3, 1918

Transferred via No 3 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Apr 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


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

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester


Apr 23, 1918

Transferred to the East Lancs Red Cross Hospital at Manchester


Jun 7, 1918

Forfeits 2 days pay for being absent from hospital from 8 pm to 11.15 pm


Jun 8, 1918

Reported to be absent from hospital


Jun 9, 1918

Returned to the hospital and forfeits 7 days pay for his absence


Jun 11, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park Epsom


Jul 3, 1918

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 6, 1918

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion at Witley


Aug 20, 1918

Will made out leaving his estate to his brother, William Alfred Code, of 36 Elizabeth St, Smiths Falls Ontario


Aug 21, 1918

Transferred to the 20th Battalion


Aug 22, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD in France and TOS the 20th Battalion


Aug 26, 1918

Left 2 CIBD for the CC Rein C


Aug 29, 1918

Left CC Rein C and joined the 20th Battalion in the field 2 days later 

The Battalion was in billets at Wanquetin, near Arras


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers with gun shot wounds to his left arm


Oct 21, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD while in hospital 

Admitted to the Berrington War Hospital at Shrewsbury


Nov 18, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Dec 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 12th Reserve Battalion at Witley


Dec 20, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Dec 25, 1918

Reported for duty from being AWL and sentenced to 15 days FP #2 (Field Punishment) and forfeits 5 days pay


Jan 3, 1919

On Command to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 19, 1919

Embarked the Troop Ship Aquitania at Liverpool



Jan 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 31, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company, No 3 District, Kingston


Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 90275

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Smiths Falls Ontario


Mar 9, 1924

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at Smiths Falls Ontario.  They were returned and subsequently sent to 148 Prince St, Oshawa Ontario 



Hillcrest Cemetery
Smiths Falls Ontario

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