Fred Davis, MM

Aug 19, 1888

Born at Montreal, Quebec to William Alfred and Laura Blanche Henriette (nee Fournier) Davis

On the death of his mother in 1894, he was placed in the St. Patrick’s Orphanage and Asylum on the corner of Laurier Ave. and Kent St., Ottawa


Jul 20, 1916

Attested at Ottawa Ontario into the 207th Battalion

Ø  Number 246602

Ø  Next of kin given as William Davis (brother) of 86 Spadina Ave., Ottawa Ontario

Ø  Stated that he was single

Ø  Occupation given as “Teamster”

Ø  Previous service given as “5½ years in the 2nd F.B. (Field Battery?)

Ø  Religion given as “Roman Catholic”

On attesting, he gave his birth date as June 7, 1891.  According to family lore, he did not know his actual birth date.  He also stated that both of his parents were deceased.

The battalion trained in the Rockcliffe Camp


Aug 2, 1916

Admitted to Veneral Hospital Ottawa with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Aug 13, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 28, 1916

Declared that he was married to Christina Davis of 46 Elizabeth St., Ottawa Ontario


Jan 18, 1917

The battalion left Ottawa and proceeded to Amherst, Nova Scotia to continue training


Jun 1, 1917

Pay assignment of $15 per month to wife c/o Miss Barber of Burbidge, Quebec

Ø  Address later changed many times around the Ottawa area


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 13, 1917

Posted to 21st Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  After a brief stay here he joined the 21st Battalion at the front and was posted to "A" Company


May 21, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Scabies


Jun 1, 1918

Discharged to duty from No 5 CFA


Aug 28, 1918

While the battalion was advancing towards the Sensee River, south of Vis-en-Artois, Private Davis received a bullet wound that shattered the ulna bone of his right arm.  He was first evacuated to the nearby No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid, then transported to the No. 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 29, 1918

Due to the severity of his wounds he was transported to the No 56 General Hospital at Etaples, where surgery was performed.


Sep 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England he was admitted to the King George Hospital in Stanford, London

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


Sep 23, 1918

Operation to remove several loose pieces of bone fragment


Oct 1, 1918

Next of kin changed to Mrs W Davis (sister-in-law) of 59 Pamilla St Ottawa Ontario


Oct 4, 1918

Transferred from the hospital in London to No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington, Kent, Ward 36, with 2” of right Ulna missing, arm in a splint and wound discharging through a drainage tube, shown below



Dec 19, 1918

Transferred to No 5 Canadian General Hospital, in Liverpool


Jan 13, 1919

Discharged from hospital and embarked the HMT Essequibo for Canada



Jan 25, 1919

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


Jan 28, 1919

Posted to the Queen’s Military Hospital Section in Kingston


Jan 29, 1919

Granted leave with substance until Feb 12, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded Military Medal – London Gazette #31173



Jul 25, 1919

Ceremony at Queen’s Military Hospital to present him with his Military Medal by Brig-Gen V.S. Williams, GOC (General Officer Commanding).



Sep 9, 1919

Granted leave with substance until Sep 16, 1919


Dec 17, 1919 Married to Ada Ellen Eastwell, the widow of Frederick Carter in Kingston, Ontario.  Fred Carter had been killed in action serving with the 21st Battalion on March 18, 1916

Dec 29, 1919

Medical exam at Sydenham Military Hospital, Kingston gave a complete report of the wound and the healing process.

Ø  Next of kin given as Ada Davis, wife, of 67 John St., Kingston Ontario

Ø  Complains of weakness in right arm

Ø  It reports that the entry wound on Feb 15, 1919 was 2” long but at present it is reported as 6” long due to surgery in Sep to attempt a bone graft.

Ø  It also reports that after several surgeries, there are still 2 bone fragments present

Ø  The report also states that about 1½” of the lower Ulna bone has been removed and a gap of about 3/8” remains between the two sections

Ø  Disability expected to last a further 6 months

Ø  Recommended massage and electrical treatment

Ø  Also recommended discharge from service as “Medically Unfit”, but kept under care for treatment


Dec 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario into the care of the SCR (Soldier Civilian Re-Establishment)

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214981

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C65494

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 67 John St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, he remained on the strength of the Casualty Company and continued to receive hospital treatment as an out-patient


Jan 12, 1920

SOS No 3 Casualty Company to continue treatment under the care of the Soldier Civil Re-establishment Commission


Dec 29, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 67 John St., Kingston Ontario



Dec 5, 1950

While a patient in the Veteran’s Pavilion of the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston suffering from Kidney Failure that was unrelated to his wartime service, Fred Davis died and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Kingston.


I could find no mention of what happened to his first wife, Christina, whom he declared to be married to on Nov 28, 1916.  He changed his next of kin on Oct 1, 1918 to his sister-in-law, Mrs. W. Davis.  January 24, 1919, the cheque issued to Christina for his Separation Allowance was returned as “no longer at this address”.  There was no forwarding address noted and the payments were cancelled.  During a medical exam in Kingston on Dec 29, 1919, he declared his next of kin to be his wife Ada Davis of Kingston.

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