Alexander "Alex" Comego

Jan 1, 1896

Born in Alderville, Ontario to John and Mary Elizabeth (nee Tobico) Comego


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59190 (temporary number 285)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Comego, father, Box 17, Roseneath, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 1, 1916

While the battalion was resting in Ridgewood, Belgium, Private Comego was sent out on a work party.  He received a wound to his right arm and was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Mar 2, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  He was transported the same day via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne, France


Mar 9, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Camp in Boulogne to continue his recovery


Mar 10, 1916

Declared to be fit for duty and proceeded to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Mar 25, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Comego rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Ridgewood, Belgium


Apr 9, 1916

On the night of April 9/10, the 21st Battalion sent 2 bombing parties out to attack No. 2 Crater at St. Eloi, Belgium.  During this attack, Private Comego’s right arm was shattered by shrapnel from the explosion of a nearby shell.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


From Canada in Flanders volume 2 by Lord Beaverbrook



Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Apr 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Kitchener Hospital in Brighton

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 30, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Sep 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for permanent base duty


Nov 8, 1916

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Shoreham pending return to Canada


Nov 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool



Dec 4, 1916

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to the discharge depot in Quebec City, Quebec


Dec 5, 1916

Medical Board at Quebec City notes

Ø  Partial loss of function of right hand

Ø  Suffered fractured right radius from shrapnel wound

Ø  Some loss of sensation of 1st and 2nd fingers of right hand

Ø  Right hand feels cold

Ø  Board recommends he be admitted to a convalescent home


Dec 11, 1916

Admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Home in Kingston, Ontario.  Notes on admission

Ø  Partial loss of function of right hand due to destruction of muscle tissue

Ø  Radius bone had been fractured by shrapnel

Ø  Can close his hand but has no grip strength


Jan 19, 1917

To be treated as an Out-Patient of the convalescent home


Feb 19, 1917

To be treated as an In-Patient at the convalescent home


Mar 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Alderville, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Alderville, Ontario


Sep 6, 1979

Alexander Comego died in Cobourg, Ontario and was buried in the Alderville Cemetery, Alderville, Ontario



The Comego brothers, including Alexander, who survived the war are honoured on the
Alderville, Ontario War Memorial

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