Edward Alfred "Teddy" Day

Dec 25, 1879

Born in London, England to John and Sophia Emma (nee Copping) Day


May 11, 1902

Married to Caroline Maria Moss in Romford, Essex, England



Mar 30, 1905

Embarked the SS Kensington in Liverpool with his wife and 2 children



Apr 11, 1910

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


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 19th Battalion in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 55404

Ø  Next of kin given as Caroline Day, wife, 125 Dynevor Rd., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Dec 9, 1914

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


Mar 8, 1915

Sentenced to 2 days detention, fined $2.00 and forfeited 4 day’s pay for being drunk


Mar 13, 1915

Struck Off Strength and discharged from the CEF as “Undesirable”


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59246 (temporary number 1314)

Ø  Next of kin given as Caroline Day, wife, 125 Dynevor Rd., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Builder

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Later posted to “A” Company

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


Apr 14, 1916

While the battalion was resting in the “J” Camp near Reningelst, Belgium, Private Day was sent out on a work party and received a bullet wound to his chest and was evacuated to the No. 13 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transferred to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  He was transferred the same day via the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne, France


May 2, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to continue his recovery


May 10, 1916

Discharged to the Base Details in Boulogne


May 16, 1916

Transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


May 23, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Day rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “B” Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Jun 28, 1916

While in the front line trenches near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, Private Day received shrapnel wounds to his head and face.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Jul 1, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wanstead House Auxiliary Hospital in Margate where surgery was performed to remove bone fragments

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


Jul 5, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Oct 31, 1916

Medical Board notes that his wound has healed but he is very nervous

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Shoreham for 4 weeks of Physical Training


Feb 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) in Purfleet


Feb 4, 1917

Transferred to the 5th Battalion CRT (Canadian Railway Troops) at Purfleet


Feb 24, 1917

The 5th Battalion CRT disembarked in France


Jun 18, 1917

Attached to the CRT in Audruicq, France


Jul 29, 1917

Rejoined the 5th Battalion CRT near Arras, France


Aug 16, 1917

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent from 1 pm to 5 pm


Sep 17, 1917

Admitted to the No. 63 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads Pain in Head


Sep 19, 1917

Transferred via the No. 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France


Sep 24, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Trouville and the diagnosis was changed to read Myalgia


Oct 21, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13 Convalescent Depot in Trouville


Nov 27, 1917

Discharged to the Canadian General Base Depot in Etaples, France


Dec 15, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 17, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jan 1, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Jan 9, 1918

Attached to the Permanent Base Unit of the Canadian Engineers and reported to the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Jan 12, 1918

Joined the Permanent Base Company of the Canadian Engineers west of Cambrai, France


Feb 27, 1918

Taken On the Permanent Strength of the Permanent Base Company, Canadian Engineers


Dec 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 12, 1919

Transferred to the CERD (Canadian Engineer Regimental Depot) in England


Jan 28, 1919

Transferred to the CERB (Canadian Engineer Reserve Battalion) in Seaford


Mar 13, 1919

Attached to No. 2 Wing at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Mar 24, 1919

Embarked the SS Canada in Liverpool



Mar 29, 1919

Admitted to the ship’s infirmary with and infected boil


Mar 31, 1919

Discharged from the ship’s infirmary


Apr 1, 1919

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

On arrival in Toronto, he was posted to the Park School Barracks


Apr 3, 1919

Granted 7 days leave


Apr 23, 1919

Medical Board at the College Military Hospital in Toronto notes

Ø  Patient complains of headaches every day

Ø  Has Osteoarthritis in his left shoulder

Ø  Gets excited in being in a crowd

Ø  Suffers from palpitations in his heart

Ø  Does not sleep well

Ø  Memory is slightly impaired

Ø  Suffers from a mild Anxiety Neurosis that should improve in 2 to 4 months


Apr 30, 1919

Medical Board recommends he be discharged from the CEF into the care of the SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment) Department as an in-patient


May 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sapper

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 140250

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 125 Dynevor Rd., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 16, Gamble Ave., Todmorden, Ontario (now part of Toronto)


Sep 15, 1963

Edward Alfred Day died in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Pine Hills Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario



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