John Cody

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file



Born in Wexford, Ireland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59180 (temporary number 279)

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert Cody, Wexford, Ireland

o       There is a note in the file to also notify Mrs. F. Moore, sister-in-law, 2545 Main St., Vancouver, British Columbia

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years in the South African war

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


Dec 30, 1914

Sentenced to 14 days detention


Jan 30, 1915

Sentenced to 18 days detention

From the July 1938 issue of the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion post war newsletter.


Mar 13, 1915

Fined $2.00 for Drunkenness


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 24, 1915

Fined 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 9, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for misconduct

Posted to the Depot Company while serving the sentence.


Sep 25, 1915

Because the battalion had proceeded to France while in detention, Pte Cody was transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling upon his release.


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred back to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Disembarked in France and proceeded to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England.

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 6, 1915

Left the CBD to join the battalion


Nov 9, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near La Clytte


Nov 10, 1915

After only 1 day in the trenches, Private Cody was shot in the head by a sniper while carrying rations to the front, and was first admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  The bullet passed through his brain and the wound was considered serious and too dangerous to move him to a hospital on the coast.

From the July 1938 issue of the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion post war newsletter.


Dec 5, 1915

Pte Cody died of his wounds at the No. 2 CCS

Bailleul Communal Cemetery
Bailleul France

Even though he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal, none were issued as his next of kin could not be located.


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