Frederick Ernest Day

Mar 21, 1893

Born in London, England to Frederick William and Emily Jane (nee Bachelor) Day


May 18, 1912

Embarked the SS Canada in Liverpool with his parents and 8 siblings



May 26, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Doon, Ontario (now part of Kitchener) by train.


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59247 (temporary number 854)

Ø  Next of kin given as Emily Day, mother, 113 Adeline St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

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


Mar 27, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for an unspecified offence


Apr 8, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Apr 11, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 4 day’s pay for his absence


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


Jul 8, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 11, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 4 day’s pay for his absence


Jul 16, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Alveolar Abscess


Aug 9, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Sep 14, 1915

Transferred to the base details while in hospital


Sep 15, 1915

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion as the 21st Battalion had departed for France


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Day rejoined the 21st Battalion in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 9, 1916

Attached to the 4th CMG Coy (Canadian Machine Gun Company) for duty


May 17, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in trenches near Aux Rietz, France


Aug 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 14, 1917

Private Day did not return from leave and was declared to be Absent Without Leave


Sep 13, 1917

Reported for duty from leave and was placed under arrest for being absent


Oct 2, 1917

Private Day was tried by Field General Court Martial and charged with Absent Without Leave.  He pleaded not Guilty.  After witness testimony was heard, he was found Guilty and sentenced to 90 days Field Punishment No. 1


Jan 8, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Divisional Train for duty


Jun 20, 1918

Admitted to a nearby field ambulance with an unspecified illness


Jul 27, 1918

Rejoined the divisional train from the field ambulance


Aug 26, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with an inflamed Pharynx


Aug 29, 1918

Rejoined the divisional train from the field ambulance


Oct 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 31, 1918

Rejoined the divisional train from leave and was subsequently returned to the 21st Battalion


Dec 13, 1918

Private Day crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was transferred to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 30, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for dispersal to Canada


May 23, 1919

Transferred to “H” Wing in Witley


Jun 1, 1919

Next of kin changed to Mrs. C.R. Day, wife, 213 Corporation St., West Ham, London, England


Jun 9, 1919

Declared to be Absent Without Leave at 1159 hrs


Jun 13, 1919

Reported for duty at 0900 hrs


Jun 16, 1919

Sentenced to 96 hours detention and forfeiture of 4 day’s pay for his absence


Aug 4, 1919

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


Aug 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Melita in Liverpool with his wife and daughter



Aug 22, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and Taken On Strength the Quebec Depot Clearing Services Command


Aug 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 321793

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 264 Johnson St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 15 Pine St., Kingston, Ontario

The battalion's war diary mistakenly shows that he was entitled to the 1914-15 Star

Jul 1, 1935

Listed on the Canadian Voter List as living at 286 Queen St., Kingston, Ontario.  His occupation is listed as Painter


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