Alexander DeMarsh



Oct 21, 1894

Born in Tweed, Ontario to Francis and Frances Fanny Annie (nee Crivier) DeMarsh


Nov 21, 1917

Medical performed under the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) in Trenton, Ontario and deemed fit for service


Mar 29, 1918

Conscripted under the MSA into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 3057587

Ø      Next of kin given as Francis DeMarsh, father, Madoc, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farm Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the 4th Draft


Apr 17, 1918

The 4th Draft EOR embarked the SS Toloa in Halifax, Nova Scotia with several other units

Apr 28, 1918

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


May 2, 1918

Admitted to the Ravens Croft Hospital in Seaford then transferred to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis of Measles and placed in the isolation unit


May 21, 1918

Scabies was added to the diagnosis


May 27, 1918

Discharged to duty


Sep 12, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Sep 19, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and joined the rear details of the 21st Battalion as part of a draft of 24 reinforcements.  The battalion was in the front line trenches south of Villers-lez-Cagnicourt.  He would have joined the main part of the battalion when they came out of the front 6 days later.


Oct 11, 1918

Just over 3 weeks after joining the battalion, and 1 month prior to the end of the war, Private DeMarsh was killed during heavy fighting when the battalion advanced on Avesnes-le-Sec, France.  He was buried by in the Niagara Military Cemetery south east of Iwuy

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Frances DeMarsh, Madoc, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. Francis DeMarsh, at the same address


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