Andrew Lloyd Coons



Feb 26, 1895

Born in Inkerman, Ontario to Albert Samuel and Margaret Grace (nee McLennan) Coons.  He had a twin sister, Lena Belle, born the same day


Feb 19, 1918

Attested into the 1st Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment in Victoria, British Columbia 

Ø      Number 2021777

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Grace Coons, mother, 830 3rd Ave., North West, Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      His current address was given as Fort Costa, California, USA

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to the 11th Draft 

His medical form indicates that he was “a USA recruit”


May 16, 1918

Embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the draft proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival the draft was absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion and placed in “segregation” to ensure that he was not infected with influenza.


Jun 11, 1918

Released from segregation and continued his training at Seaford


Sep 13, 1918

Posted to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Sep 19, 1918

While in the CCRC camp, he was transferred to the 21st Battalion, having never actually joining the 29th Battalion


Sep 20, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details behind the lines near the Drocourt Queant Line, TOS the battalion and assigned to No. 3 Platoon, “A” Company


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion marched across the Bonn Bridge and entered Germany as part of the occupying force after the war’s end


Jan 28, 1919

While the battalion was billeted in Ham Sur Sambre, Belgium, Private Lloyd Coons was placed under arrest on charges of attempting to persuade men to join a mutiny.  This occurred at the end of a PT exercise and the men were given the command to form up in ranks of 2 on the double.


Mar 5, 1919

Tried by Field General Court Martial charged with: 

Ø      Endeavouring to persuade persons in His Majesty’s Forces to join in a mutiny, in that he, at 0900 o’clock January 28, 1919 persuaded men of “A” Company, 21st Battalion not to obey a lawful command given, saying “don’t do it, don’t double, and don’t do as he tells you” or words to that effect 

Alternate charge 

Ø      Conduct to the prejudice, etc, endeavouring to persuade men of “A” Company, 21st Battalion not to carry out a lawful command given at 0900 o’clock January 28, 1919 by saying “don’t do it, don’t double and don’t do as he tells you” or words to that effect. 

Found guilty of the alternate charge and sentenced to 70 days Field Punishment No. 1.  The General Officer Commanding the 4th Brigade confirmed the sentence.


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia in Havre

On disembarking in England he proceeded to Witley where he was TOS “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


May 16, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 14, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on proceeding to Canada, embarking the SS Aquitania in Southampton


Jun 19, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Regina, Saskatchewan


Jun 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Regina, Saskatchewan 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 208455

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 830 Third Ave., Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 830 3rd Ave., N.W. Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan


Oct 13, 1944

Andrew Coons entered the United States at Blaine, Washington for the purpose of visiting a friend in Seattle.  He gave his occupation as “Logging” and stated he was single


Dec 7, 1966

Andrew Lloyd Coons died in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan and was buried in a family plot in the Moose Jaw City Cemetery


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