Henry George Marshall Cordes, MM, MID



Apr 3, 1894

Born at Manor Park, Essex England


Oct 28, 1914

Shown on payroll of the 15th Regiment


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59200 (temporary number 850)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Cordes (father) of 14 Harriett St., Belleville Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company


Dec 5, 1914

Married, wife Emmeline, residing at 101 Front St., Belleville Ontario


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Aug 1, 1915

Beginning with this pay period, his separation allowance was paid to his wife at 64 Fitzwilliam St., Sheffield England


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 24, 1916

Returned to duty from leave


Apr 25, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a sprained ankle, caused by a shell explosion


Apr 26, 1916

Transferred to No 4 CFA, then transferred by No 23 AT (Ambulance Transport) to the Divisional Rest Station at No 5 CFA.  Then the same day was transferred to the St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital at Etaples.


Jun14, 1916

Transferred to No 24 Canadian General hospital Etaples, with suspected Scarlet Fever, but diagnosis was later changed to read Measles.


Jun 24, 1916

Discharged from hospital and proceeded to CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


Jun 28, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Jun 30, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 10, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Jul 29, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 10, 1917

Returned from leave


Nov 30, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt and appointed to position of Orderly Room Clerk


Dec 1, 1917

Wife’s address changed to 101 Front St., Belleville Ontario from England


Feb 11, 1918

Attached to the AAG (Assistant Adjutant General) Canadian Section for instructional duty


Feb 26, 1918

Returned to unit after completing 2 weeks of instruction


May 28, 1918

Mentioned In Despatches per London Gazette #30706


Mentioned for gallant service and devotion to duty


Jul 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jul 27, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Dec 6, 1918

Proceeded on escort duty to England to retrieve the Battalion’s Colours


Dec 18, 1918

Returned to Battalion with the Colours


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked at Folkestone and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) “P” Wing for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company at No 3 District Depot, Kingston


Jun 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Intended residence on discharge – GPO Belleville Ontario

o       This was later changed to 300 Collingwood St., Kingston Ontario

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277565



It is interesting to note that there is no medals card in the file so there is no record of where his medals were sent, if at all.


Below is a page from the book A War Diary written by Sandy Bain and self published.  Sandy was a member of the Signals Section of the 21st Battalion r

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