Joseph Dockray



Dec 20, 1878

Born at Leeds, Yorkshire England


Nov 19, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Milton Ontario (Attestation Papers were actually signed at Barrie Ontario) 

Ø      Number 142534

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs J Dockray (wife) of Milton Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brickyard Foreman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 12 years in Royal Engineers

Ø      Stated to currently be a member of the active Militia (20th Regiment, Halton Rifles)

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “Base Detail”


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Jul 12, 1916

Left 2 CIBD to join unit


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 15, 1916

First reported missing after action, then reported missing, presumed dead.


Because he has no know grave, he is commemorated on the Memorial at Vimy Ridge, France



British War Medal, Victory Medal, Death Plaque, Scroll and Memorial Cross sent to wife at 21 Graham Ave., Toronto Ontario


Memorial Cross sent to mother, Mrs Mary Dockray, at 12 Princess St, Brantford Ontario.



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Joseph Dockray being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.


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