John Russell Daye

Dec 30, 1890

Born in Casselman, Ontario to George and Agnes (nee Hart) Daye


Dec 6, 1915

Taken On Strength 59th Regiment, Stormont & Glengarry Highlanders


Feb 7, 1917

Attested into the Reinforcing Draft, 2nd Battalion CEF in Mille Roches, Ontario

Ø  Number 2235308

Ø  Next of kin given as Addie M. Daye, wife, Mille Roches, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø  Previous military experience given as 59th Regiment, Stormont & Glengarry Highlanders St. Lawrence Canal Patrol

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

On enlistment, he stated he had 3 children, Sarrah Beatrice, 5 years, Brian, 4 years, and Lawrence George, 3 months


Feb 19, 1917

Shown as transferred to the 2nd Battalion Reinforcing Draft


Mar 26, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 7, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 19, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 20, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 8, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion at the front


Aug 20, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Daye joined the 21st Battalion resting in Fosse 10, near Villers au Bois, France


Nov 9, 1917

While out on a work party near Passchendaele, Belgium, he suffered the effects of gas exposure but carried on until a shell exploded near him that knocked him down and bruised his right hip as well as a slight shrapnel wound to his neck.  He was evacuated to the nearby casualty clearing station for treatment


Nov 11, 1917

Admitted to the No. 10 Canadian General Hospital in Rouen with diagnosis that reads contused right hip and a septic boil on his neck.  He stated that he had a piece of shrapnel removed from that boil before it became infected.  He also complained of a persistent cough since being slightly gassed earlier.


Nov 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Military Camp Hospital in Hursley

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


Dec 29, 1917

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Jun 25, 1918

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke with a diagnosis that reads suspected Tuberculosis

The doctors could find no evidence of Tuberculosis


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to the King’s Red Cross Special Hospital in Bushy Park and DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart) was added to the diagnosis


Oct 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital with leave until October 21, 1918 and instructions to report to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Seaford on completion of leave

Attached to the 3rd CCD


Nov 27, 1918

Discharged from the Canadian Convalescent Depot


Jan 5, 1919

Attached to the Concentration Camp in Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania in Liverpool


Jan 25, 1919

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


Jan 27, 1919

Posted to the MD #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Jan 28, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 10, 1919


Feb 15, 1919

Admitted to the Sydenham Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and posted to the Hospital Section there


Feb 26, 1919

Discharged from hospital

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 40335

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Mille Roches, Ontario


Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Wales, Ontario



Jun 1, 1921

Shown on the 1921 Census living in RR #1 Wales, Ontario (now flooded for the St. Lawrence Seaway) and his occupation is shown as Bridgeman


Jun 1, 1957

Canadian Voter List shows him living in Napanee, Ontario with his wife and lists his occupation as Gentleman


Nov 17, 1972

Died in Napanee, Ontario and buried in the Riverview Cemetery there.  Addie Daye died in 1984 and is buried alongside.


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