Alexander Joseph Deitz

May 4, 1896

Born in Pontefract, Yorkshire, England to Fred and Mary (nee McIntosh) Deitz


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59251 (temporary number 858)

Ø  Next of kin given as Beatrice Deitz, sister, Park View Rd, Gable Lea, Bradford, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later noted as Confectioner

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” 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


Oct 3, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause.  This was later changed to read Bronchitis.  He was transferred the same day to a nearby Casualty Clearing Station for treatment.  He was then transferred to the No. 2 Canadian Field Ambulance


Oct 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance


Oct 7, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Oct 16, 1916

Attached to the 255th Tunnelling Company for duty


Jan 16, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France and was granted 10 days leave


Oct 28, 1917

Granted 10 days leave.  This was later extended to November 10, 1917


Nov 9, 1917

Admitted to the No. 11 Canadian General Hospital in Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe, while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Acute Bronchitis

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

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 8, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 5, 1918

Transferred to the Manor War Hospital in Epsom and the diagnosis was changed to read Tonsillitis


Feb 18, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Mar 8, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted 10 days sick leave


Mar 16, 1918

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford for duty


May 31, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion and posted to the EORD Depot Company in Seaford


Jun 7, 1918

Transferred to the CAMCRD (Canadian Army Medical Corps Regimental Depot) in Shorncliffe


Jun 13, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Sanitary Section in Shorncliffe


Jan 8, 1919

Attached to No. 4 & 5 Wing in Rhyl for duty


Feb 1, 1919

Attached to No. 5 Wing for duty


Feb 12, 1919

Transferred to the permanent staff at No. 5 Wing


Jun 8, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Jul 2, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton


Taken On Strength the Sub Depot, Ottawa, Ontario


Jul 9, 1919

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


Jul 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 482422

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 209 Slater St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 98 Ellerbeck Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Jun 30, 1931

Married to Mary McKay in Toronto, Ontario.  He claimed to be a widower and gave his religion as Roman Catholic


Mar 14, 1947

Alexander Deitz died at home, 48 Harriet Ave., Toronto, Ontario, of Carcinoma of the Stomach and was buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery there.


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