James Hulbert Cross

Thank you to Robert Cross, James' son, for the additional photos


Mar 20, 1898

Born in Winchester Township, Ontario to Samuel Wesley and Louisa (nee Elliott) Cross


Feb 3, 1916

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Chesterville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633392

Ø      Next of kin given as Wesley Cross, father, Chesterville, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company, #7 Platoon 

Once formed up, the battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Oct 21, 1916

The battalion left Kingston by train for Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Halifax


Oct 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott Camp to continue training


Jan 15, 1917

The battalion moved to Witley from Bramshott


Jan 29, 1917

Posted to the 156th Battalion in Witley and assigned to “A” Company

After being sent on the Bombing and Musketry courses, he was sent on the Scouting course while in Witley.  Following those courses, he was assigned to the 156th Battalion’s Scout Section


Christmas 1917 in Witley.  The arrow on the right points to Hulbert’s bunk and kit


Feb 3, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


The letter home is self explanatory


Feb 28, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements for the front and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins, France (west of Lens) as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements from the disbanded 5th Division and was assigned to “B” Company

He was later posted to the Scout Section


Dec 30, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis of VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) and transferred the same day to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bonn, Germany


Jan 2, 1919

Transferred via the No. 3 AT (Ambulance Train)


Jan 5, 1919

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Mar 23, 1919

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne for light duties and his pay was docked 50¢ per day plus loss of Field Allowance of 10¢ per day for his 78 days spent in hospital as punishment for becoming infected with Gonorrhea.  He was employed at the Coleman Camp as a guard for German POW work parties around Boulogne and Etaples.


May 7, 1919

Embarked the SS Brighton in Boulogne

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley with complications from his previous Gonorrhea infection


May 12, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital with no further punishment 

Transferred to the EORD at Seaford and posted to the Depot Company


May 14, 1919

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and assigned to “B” Company


May 20, 1919

Granted 7 days leave to Ireland, and subsequently received a 3 day extension to that leave


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool




Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario by train


Photo of Hulbert prior to his discharge


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 229290

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Chesterville, Ontario 

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him in Chesterville


Apr 13, 1925

Married to Gladys Sullivan in Chesterville, Ontario


Feb 1, 1988

Died in Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA and was buried in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Chesterville, Ontario

His parents are also buried in the same cemetery


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