Richard Davies



Nov 7, 1891

Born in Edinburgh, Scotland to William and Minnie (nee McBean) Davies


Sep 7, 1912

Embarked the SS Cassandra in Glasgow, Scotland

The manifest lists his proposed occupation on arrival as Rubber Worker


Sep 16, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Bowmanville, Ontario


Jan 2, 1913

Married to Isabella Yorkston Nesbitt in the St. John’s Church, Bowmanville, Ontario

His occupation was given as Mechanic


Feb 25, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59242 (temporary number 1253)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. B Davies, wife, 173 Dundee St., Edinburgh, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Tile Fixer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries.  A brief note in a Kingston newspaper states he was a member of the Bugle Band


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 2, 1915

Assigned to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Dec 26, 1915

Transferred to the 4th Brigade Machine Gun Company


May 3, 1916

While riding a horse on duty, he suffered severe pain when the horse stumbled and reported to the Medical Officer

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


May 4, 1916

Discharged to duty


May 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Right Inguinal Hernia


May 26, 1916

Transferred to the No 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 27, 1916

Transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Etaples


May 29, 1916

Surgery performed to repair a double hernia


Jun 12, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England was admitted to the Bradford War Hospital, Bradford

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 18, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushy Park, Hampton Hill


Jul 23, 1916

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 25, 1916

Discharged to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for Physical Therapy, pay and rations


Sep 21, 1916

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent for 6 days


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) in Crowborough


Apr 14, 1917

Attached to the 2nd CCD


May 10, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jul 5, 1917

Discharged to the CMGD in Crowborough


Jul 25, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #2.  The offence is not recorded in the file


Feb 19, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Mar 25, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay, but on the same day he requested that he return to the rank of Private and it was approved


Jun 6, 1918

TOS the CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot) and attached to the CMGD in Seaford


Oct 14, 1918

Ceased to be attached and detailed to the Depot Company in Seaford


Oct 26, 1918

Attached to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 12, 1918

Embarked the RMS Tunisian in London


Nov 23, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Nov 24, 1918

TOS the No. 3 Military District Casualty Company in Kingston 

Granted leave with subsistence until December 8, 1918


Dec 21, 1918

Admitted to the Sydenham Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 3, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 9, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Bowmanville, Ontario 

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at North Elgin St., Bowmanville, Ontario


May 13, 1919

His wife, Isabella, and 2 daughters, Violet and Isabella embarked the SS Minnedosa in Liverpool


May 20, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Bowmanville, Ontario to join their husband and father


Jun 4, 1921

Richard Davies died in Bowmanville, Ontario of Tuberculosis and was buried in the Bowmanville Cemetery, Bowmanville, Ontario


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