Frank Davey



Mar 22, 1884

Born in Enterprise, Ontario to Henry and Emma Davey


Jan 15, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion in Enterprise, Ontario

Ø      Number 1093263

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth Eleanor Davey, wife, Enterprise, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as Volunteer Militia for 2 weeks

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 28, 1917

Admitted to the Ravens Croft Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jul 18, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

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


Nov 24, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches near Acheville and was assigned to “B” Company


Nov 29, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Dec 11, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the field company


Aug 8, 1918

During heavy fighting at Marcelcave, Private Davey received severe shrapnel wounds to his shoulders and back.  It should be noted that this is the same action that saw the Commanding Officer L/Col EW Jones DSO killed by machine gun fire.  Pte Davey was evacuated to the No. 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 10, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Australian General Hospital for further treatment


Aug 13, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama

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

On arrival in England was admitted to the University War Hospital in Southampton


Aug 15, 1918

Following surgery to remove shrapnel and bone fragments from his wounds, Pte Davey died at 9.00 pm. 

He was buried in the nearby Hollybrook Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Davey, 112 Barrie St., Oshawa, Ontario 

A Memorial Cross was also sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Davey, at the same address



In the book The War Work of Lennox and Addington, on page 209 it notes that Pte Davy sic was wounded at Passchendaele and Mentioned in Despatches for that action.  As can be seen from the timeline above, he did not join the 21st Battalion until after they had been relieved from the Passchendaele front.  There is no record in his file that he received an MID, nor could I find any record in the London Gazette for this.

Private Davey is honoured on the Kingston, Ontario Memorial Wall

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