Wesley Crowley


May 22, 1891

Born at Peterborough Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 624
59000 series number was not given to him for reasons which are obvious below)
Ø      Next of kin given as A. Crowley (father) of Peterborough Ontario
Ø      Occupation given as “Painter”
Ø      No previous military service was recorded
Ø      Tattoos were noted on both forearms
Ø      Religion was given as “Wesleyan”
Ø      Assigned to No 3 Company


Jan 30, 1915

Forfeits 2 days pay (no reason given for this)


Feb 1, 1915

SOS (Struck off Strength) the battalion as a deserter


Feb 15, 1915

Discharged as a “Deserter”



There is nothing in the file to indicate that the soldier was ever apprehended or paid any penalty for deserting. 

A report in the Toronto Daily Star, February 17, 1915, reports that he was arrested and sentenced to 90 days in jail for theft from stores on Queen St. 

The Kingston Daily Standard does report on March 2, 1915, that he was arrested in Toronto and was to be returned to Kingston for a Court Martial.  

No record of a Court Martial could be found.


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