Peter Comego


Apr 17, 1867

Born at Alderville Ontario

On Attestation he gave his birth year as 1874, but on the 1901 Census he gave his birth date as April 17, 1867.  On the 1911 Census he gave his birth year as 1872.  I suspect that he may not have known when he was born.


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario

Ø  Number 59191 (temporary number 283)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mary Comego (wife) of Alderville Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “A” Company

o   Later employed as a Sniper


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


Jun 18, 1915

Fined $5.00 and sentenced to 120 hours Detention for Drunkeness


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 13, 1915

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at La Clytte, Belgium with a diagnosis that reads Neurasthenia.  He was treated and discharged to duty the same day


Nov 27, 1915

Awarded 5 days Field Punishment No 2 for Drunkeness


Jan 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a sprained knee


Jan 10, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France


Jan 18, 1916

Transferred to the North Midlands Casualty Clearing Station and Myalgia was added to the diagnosis


Jan 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Feb 4, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion after being discharged from hospital care


Jun 24, 1916

Proceeded to Second Army School of Snipping

On return to the Battalion was employed as a Sniper


Dec 13, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 16, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Feb 18, 1917

Transferred to the No. 42 Casualty Clearing Station


Feb 26, 1917

Transferred via the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital in Le Treport, France


Mar 11, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 4th Southern General Hospital in Plymouth

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 13, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Ramsgate.  In addition to his Pneumonia, he complains of pain in his ankles and seeing floating spots


May 22, 1917

Medical Board notes

Ø  Recovered from Pneumonia

Ø  Troubled with Rheumatic pain in his ankles after walking

Ø  Recommend that he be classified B3, meaning that he was only capable of sedentary work


May 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until June 4, 1917


Jun 4, 1917

Joined the details depot in Seaford on completion of his leave


Jun 28, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Corps Headquarters Employment Company


Jun 29, 1917

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and Taken On Strength the Canadian Corps Headquarters Employment Company


Apr 17, 1918

Forfeited 3 day’s pay for being 15 minutes late for roll call April 15, 1918


Jun 12, 1918

Medical classification changed to B1 meaning that he was not fit for combat duty, but could still be employed in garrison duty


Jul 25, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jul 27, 1918

Transferred to the 5th Canadian Employment Company


Aug 8, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Aug 25, 1918

Rejoined the employment company from leave


Feb 6, 1919

TOS 21st Battalion, but remained attached to the Canadian Headquarters for duty


Feb 7, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Record List but remained attached to the Canadian Headquarters for duty


May 11, 1919

Proceeded to England and joined “R” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Jun 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jun 13, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 325656

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Alderville, Ontario


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


Feb 3, 1938

Peter Comego died at home in Keane, Ontario and was buried in the Alderville, Ontario Cemetery


The reference above to the 139th Battalion is in error, as it was his brother, Smith Comego who signed up with the 139th Battalion


Below is from the August 1938 Communiqué, the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association



The snipers holding rifles are back l-r Scott Montgomery, Barber, Comego and Paudash, the observers holding binoculars are Jonas and Lovell, two others are named Northey possibly brothers and one of which was corporal, and the final one was Webster who had a pistol holster. Of these Comego, Paudash and Jonas were Canadian Indians.

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

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