John Sydney Davie MC



Sep 24, 1889

Born at Dumbarton Scotland


Dec 22, 1916

Sworn into the No 2 Construction Battalion at Truro Nova Scotia 

Ø      Given rank of Captain

Ø      Next of Kin given as Robert Davie (brother) c/o R Davie Senior Ltd., Bixteth St., Liverpool, England

o       Address later changed to Windsor House, Kingsway, London England

Ø      Occupation given as “Manufacturer”

Ø      Religion given as “Presbyterian”

Ø      Previous military experience given as “about 8 years, including 2 years in “Kitchener’s Army” qualified as Field Officer


Mar 25, 1917

Embarked the SS Southland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 8, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England


May 30, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 23, 1917

Reverts in rank to Temporary Lieutenant and proceeds to 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) France and is TOS 21st Battalion



Jun 28, 1917

Joins 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 16, 1917

Reported wounded but remained at Duty


Aug 18, 1917

Wounded and admitted to Field Ambulance, then transferred to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers with severe concussion and memory loss


Aug 22, 1917

Invalided to England by Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth



Aug 23, 1917

TOS EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford while in hospital at 4th Southern General Hospital, Plymouth


Sep 21, 1917

Admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth Common


Oct 18, 1917

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30340 and 30561



Oct 21, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Oct 29, 1917

Admitted to 3rd London General Hospital with Dhobie Itch (more commonly known as “Jock Itch”)


Nov 20, 1917

Medical Board at London states the following: 

Ø      Man was wounded at Lens on August 18, 1917 from a shell explosion

Ø      He was unconscious and did not awake until at the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)

Ø      He suffers from memory loss and headaches

Ø      Suffered slight wounds to left side of face that have now healed

Ø      While at the 4th Southern Hospital, he was absent for over 24hrs and has no recollection of being away or where he was

Ø      Does not sleep well

Ø      Declares him unfit for 4 months


Nov 23, 1917

Discharged from hospital and given 1 month leave


Dec 15, 1917

SOS establishment of 21st Battalion


Dec 26, 1917

Rejoined unit from leave


Dec 29, 1917

On Command 4th Canadian General Hospital


Feb 16, 1918

SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) on being invalided to Canada


Mar 4, 1918

Medical Board at Halifax states the following 

Ø      Suffered shell shock at Hill 70 on August 18, 1917

Ø      Served in France for 8 months

Ø      Performed light duties in England for 3 weeks in January of 1918 but was close to an air raid and the symptoms of shell shock returned and he was unable to continue duty as he was vomiting for 2 days

Ø      Feels nervous and does not sleep well

Ø      Arrived in Canada February 28, 1918

Ø      Symptoms are expected to persist for 3 months

Ø      Recommends that he be placed on light duties


Apr 18, 1918

TOS #6 DD (District Depot)


Jul 1, 1918

Promoted to Major while Second in Command of #6 DD


Apr 30, 1919

Will made out at Halifax 

Ø      Appoints as executrix and leaves estate to, Miss Helen C Davie c/o Robert Davie Sr (Canada) Ltd, 39 Vitre St., West, Montreal


Jul 15, 1919

SOS CEF on being demobilized



British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 21 Church Rd., West, Cheshire England 


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