Rene Wilfred DeRochie, MM



Aug 4, 1897

Born at Glen Walter Ontario


Nov 15, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Cornwall Ontario 

Ø      Number 455712

Ø      Next of kin given as Norman DeRochie (father) of Cornwall Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

Noted as being recruited by Lieutenant Brocklebank who also transferred to the 21st Battalion in France


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 1, 1916

Transferred to the 45th Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jul 4, 1916

Transferred to the CPTD (Canadian Pioneer Training Division) at Shorncliffe


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 22, 1916

Admitted to the 5th Brigade Hospital at Shorncliffe diagnosed with Myalgia


Sep 24, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 26, 1916

Transferred to the 166th Battalion at Shorncliffe


Nov 11, 1916

Transferred to the Signals Base at Seaford


Dec 30, 1916

Posted to the 196th Battalion at Seaford 

On this date the 196th Battalion was absorbed by the 19th Reserve Battalion on the reorganization of the training Battalions


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 11, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 16, 1917

Left 2 CIBD to join unit


Jul 17, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just moved into Brigade Reserve at Angres in the Lens Section.  In this area they were still subject to enemy artillery and several casualties were recorded.  He was assigned to the Signals Section


Oct 27, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Rodger 141524, who had been promoted


Feb 15, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 2, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Mar 4, 1918

Just 2 days after returning from leave, an intense German raid took place with the enemy entering the 21st Battalion trenches causing many casualties.  It was during this raid that L/Cpl DeRochie earned his Military Medal.  See the medal citation below


Mar 18, 1918

Announcement of the awarding of his Military Medal was made in the Battalion’s War Diary


Apr 25, 1918        Announcement of Military Medal in the London Gazette #30652


 Although he is mentioned as being wounded in this action, he was not admitted to a Field Ambulance or hospital, indicating that the wound was slight and that he was treated by the Battalion Medical Officer at the Regimental Aid Post, and remained with the Battalion


Jul 15, 1918

Admitted to the No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever


Jul 21, 1918

Discharged to duty from the CFA and rejoined the Battalion


Aug 27, 1918

Admitted to the No 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with Scabies


Sep 13, 1918

Discharged to duty from the CCS


Dec 13, 1918

Crossed the Bonn Bridge and entered Germany with the 21st Battalion as part of the occupying force


Jan 12, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 28, 1919

Granted an extension to his leave until February 4, 1919


Feb 8, 1919

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre France



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded via train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277468

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Cpl

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Cornwall Ontario


Mar 22, 1923

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 1352 Dufferin Pl, Windsor Ontario


Below is from the book "A War Diary, A Canadian Signaller, My Experiences in The Great War" by J.A. Bain, self published.  It describes action on August 15, 1917.  L/Cpl DeRochie is mentioned in paragraph 5

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