Joseph Cope

Nov 25, 1888

Born in Spencerville, Ontario


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59198 (temporary number 53)

Ø  Next of kin given as Daniel Karns, uncle, RR No. 3 Spencerville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cheesemaker

o   Later noted as Farmer/Cheesemaker

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 56th Grenville Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.

While training in Kingston, Joseph Cope was noted on several occasions as being the best shot in “A” Company, and on one occasion as being the best shot in the battalion


Dec 10, 1914

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


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

To draw the pay for the rank of Lance Corporal


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 18, 1916

While the battalion was resting in Ridgewood, Belgium, Private Cope was sent out on a work party.  That work party came under an artillery barrage and Joseph Cope suffered from Shell Shock and was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance)


Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional Rest Station in Godewaersvelde, France to recover


Jan 30, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


May 20, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Tugwood who had been promoted


Sep 19, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt T Scott who had been invalided to England


Dec 31, 1916

Proceeded to the Canadian Corps School, Pernes, France for the NCO’s Course in Bayonet Fighting, Engineering and Map Reading


Jan 29, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from course


Mar 12, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Mar 19, 1917

Discharged to duty from the casualty clearing station


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, France, Sergeant Cope received a shrapnel wound to his right ankle and left thigh and was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for treatment.


Apr 11, 1917

Transferred to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Apr 12, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington

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




May 4, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley


Jun 25, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Aug 3, 1917

Transferred to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Seaford


Feb 23, 1918

Granted permission to marry Doris Henrietta Williams.


May 30, 1918

Taken On Permanent Strength of the 3rd Canadian Convalescent Depot in Seaford and appointed to the rank of Acting Company Sergeant Major with pay


Mar 1, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and posted to the Depot Company


May 13, 1919

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


Jun 27, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool with his wife Doris



Jul 6, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and TOS Quebec Depot, Clearing Services Command


Jul 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Company Sergeant Major

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 328875

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office, Calgary, Alberta

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


Jan 9, 1934

Joseph Cope died in Calgary, Alberta and was buried in the Burnsland Cemetery in Calgary



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