Frank "Shrimp" Davey

Feb 19, 1891

Born in Paddington, London, England


Nov 2, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59238 (temporary number 512)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. H.M. Smith, 247 Westcott St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Machinist

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   Later posted to the Signal Section

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


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 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jun 20, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Drake who had been promoted


Jul 23, 1916

Proceeded on the Signalling Course at the 2nd Army School of Signalling at Zuytpeene, France


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 25, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 4, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Hemorrhoids


Dec 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 21, 1916

Transferred via the No. 31 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


Dec 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 25, General Hospital in Hardelot


Feb 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


Feb 28, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Large Rest Camp in Boulogne


Mar 4, 1917

Reported to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Mar 12, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Frank Davey joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Apr 16, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Frank Davey rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux


Nov 1, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Manners who had been promoted


Nov 25, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined the battalion in the Cellars Camp near Neuville St. Vaast from leave


May 23, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis and was transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance

He later claimed to have been gassed and that had caused his throat inflammation


May 31, 1918

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jun 2, 1918

Admitted to the No. 9 General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever with no known cause.  More commonly called Trench Fever


Jun 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Essequibo


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke and the diagnosis was changed to read Trench Fever

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


Jul 30, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in the Cooden Camp, Bexhill


Sep 24, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot in Seaford


Oct 2, 1918

Ceased to be attached on admission to the Grove Military Hospital in Tooting Grove, London with a diagnosis that reads Ecthyma, a skin infection, and had several boils


Oct 23, 1918

Transferred to the Paddington Military Hospital


Oct 31, 1918

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 19, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Dec 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

Attached to the Military District #3 in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

Taken On Strength the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 247 Westcott St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 97 Gladstone St., Peterborough, Ontario


May 19, 1920

Married to Violet Clara Hutchinson in Peterborough, Ontario

Frank and Violet moved to Oshawa where he remained involved with the 21st Battalion Association until his death in 1989


Frank Davey is honoured on a plaque in the Park St. Baptist Church in Peterborough, Ontario



He is also honoured on the Peterborough Wall of Honour



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