Joseph Edward Doleman

Jan 14, 1893

Born in Tipton, Staffordshire, England to Thomas and Mary Ann (nee Bowen) Doleman


Nov 2, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment Peterborough Rangers, in Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59265 (temporary number 515)

Ø  Next of kin given as Thomas Doleman, father, 44 Lafayette, Ave., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” 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


Jan 18, 1916

While the battalion was in billets in Ridgewood, Belgium, Private Doleman was sent out on a work party near Vierstraat when he received a through and through bullet wound to the mid Lumbar region of his back.  He walked to the dressing station where a dressing was applied and he was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Two articles in the Peterborough Examiner



Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Godewaersvelde, France


Jan 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in La Clytte, Belgium


May 1, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


May 10, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Aug 11, 1916

Attached to the 250th Royal Engineer Tunnelling Company for duty


Nov 1, 1916

Reported sick to the Medical Officer with pain in his back and he could not stand up straight.  He also had sores on both legs.  He was given medication and sent back to duty


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 2, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Poperinge, Belgium with back pain


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne, France with a diagnosis that reads Kyphosis, a spinal disorder.  This was later described as a Curvature of the Spine


Dec 7, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the University College Hospital, Gower St., London

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington, Kent


Mar 1, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Mar 10, 1917

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


Apr 24, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at St. Leonard’s Hospital to continue his recovery


Aug 30, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 2, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 3, 1918

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


Aug 7, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Nov 13, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Doleman rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Mesvin, Belgium, south of Mons and was posted to “D” Company


Dec 13, 1918

Private Doleman crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force


The battalion proceeded to billets in Seigburg


Feb 20, 1919

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Feb 24, 1919

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance and rejoined the 21st Battalion in Ham-Sur-Sambre, Belgium


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England proceeded to Witley and posted to “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277352

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 44 Lafayette Ave., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 459 Chamberlain St., Peterborough, Ontario


Mar 3, 1920

Married to Margaret Louise Parkins in Peterborough, Ontario

He gave his religion as Methodist


Jul 1, 1935

The 1935 Voter List shows Joseph and Margaret living at 544 Edison Ave., Peterborough, Ontario and he gave his occupation as Machinist

During WW2, Joseph Doleman enlisted again and served in the Veterans Guard of Canada


Dec 30, 1954

Joseph Edward Doleman died in Peterborough, Ontario and was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough



Joseph Edward Doleman is remembered on the
Wall of Honour in Peterborough, Ontario



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