William James Cox

Dec 17, 1886

Born in Berkshire, England


Dec 19, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59210 (temporary number 1190)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Eliza Cox, wife, 418 Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Railroad Worker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

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


Dec 28, 1914

Entitled to extra duty pay as a Cook


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 2, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 24, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 3, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 19, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


May 9, 1917

While the battalion was in the front line trenches north east of Vimy, France, Private Cox suffered gas poisoning from enemy gas shells.  He was evacuated fist to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance before being transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance.  Later that day he was transported to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 17, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jul 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jul 16, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 1, 1918

Entitled to 50¢ per day working pay as a Cook


Feb 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 1, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 13, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 10, 1919

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Mar 21, 1919

Proceeded to England and joined the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford and was granted leave


Apr 4, 1919

Rejoined the depot from leave and posted to the Depot Company, EORD


May 7, 1919

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton


Jun 21, 1919

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec

Taken On Strength the Quebec Depot Clearing Services Command in Quebec City


Jul 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

 Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 132322

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 27 Pembroke St., Kingston, Ontario


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