John Joecom Dovey, MM



Sep 29, 1895

Born at Lindsay Ontario


Dec 6, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø      Number 724689

Ø      Next of kin given as Hattie Dovey (mother) of 10 Queen St, Lindsay Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Engineer Motor Factory

o       Later noted as Stationary Engineer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

Even though the Embarkation Roll shows Pte Dovey being TOS (Taken On Strength) on the 28th of December, December 6 is the date he was sworn into the CEF, as well as being shown on the payroll of the 109th Battalion on this date


Feb 2, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sergeant without pay


May 12, 1916

Reverts to rank of Private


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Aug 17, 1916

Admitted to the Connaught Military Hospital at Aldershot diagnosed with Gonorrhea


Sep 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion 

On arrival in France he was admitted to the No 39 General Hospital at Havre with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CBD 

Forfeits Field Allowance and is placed under stoppages of pay at the rate of 50¢ per day whilst in hospital from October 7, 1916 to November 14, 1916 (39 days)


Nov 16, 1916

Left CBD for the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 19, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 21, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion to join unit


Feb 22, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion Headquarters was at Maison Blanche in the Thelus Section, near Vimy Ridge in Brigade support, but C & D Companies were under the Command of the 18th Battalion, while A & B Companies were under the Command of the 19th Battalion.  Pte Dovey most likely reported to the Battalion Headquarters at Maison Blanche


Apr 3, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Corps for duty


Jun 3, 1917

Returned to the 21st Battalion for duty from the Canadian Corps


Aug 15, 1917

Received Shrapnel wounds to his right hip and admitted to the No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance), then transferred to the No 5 CFA the same day.


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to the South African General Hospital at Albert


Oct 15, 1917

Transferred to the No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Nov 1, 1917

Discharged to the Base Depot for duty


Nov 2, 1917

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples


Nov 24, 1917

Arrived at the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 2, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets in the Suburban Camp carrying out training exercises


Dec 6, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Stripe


Dec 8, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jul 16, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Long 144933 who had been promoted


Aug 11, 1918

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Bubar 49027 who had been invalided to England


Oct 11, 1918

Received slight wounds to both knees


Oct 12, 1918

Admitted to No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport


Oct 17, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge


Nov 21, 1918

The announcement of the awarding of the Military Medal is made in the Battalion’s War Diary


Dec 2, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 13, 1919

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jan 27, 1919

Ceases to be On Command


Feb 5, 1919

Admitted to the 2nd Canadian General Hospital at Chelsea with Bronchitis and placed on the dangerously ill list


Feb 9, 1919

Removed from the dangerously ill list


Mar 4, 1919

Transferred to the No 16 Canadian General Hospital at Orpington and Pneumonia was added to the diagnosis


Apr 4, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 26, 1919

Admitted to the Canadian Hospital at Etchinghill diagnosed with Clinical VDG


May 29, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Jun 1, 1919

While roller skating at the Seaford Roller Rink, he fell on his arm causing a fracture to the tip of the Ulna, a contusion to his Humerus and both hands, as well as a fracture to a Metacarpal bone in one hand 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) to No 3 Regimental Depot Group on being admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne with the above noted injuries


Jun 29, 1919

Transferred to the No 16 Canadian General Hospital


Jul 3, 1919

Award of the Military Medal announced in the London Gazette #31430



Jul 6, 1919

Medical Board held at the hospital notes 

Ø      Currently suffers from contusions to both hands and right elbow, a result of an accident while roller skating

Ø      Partial loss of function of right elbow

Ø      Still uses a splint on the right arm because it is painful when removed

Ø      Suffers from Bronchitis every winter

Ø      Board recommends that he be invalided to Canada for discharge


Sep 11, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya


TOS No 2 District Depot, Toronto Ontario and posted to the Hospital Section


Sep 19, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and admitted to the St Andrews Hospital


Sep 21, 1919

Leave with subsistence granted until October 6, 1919


Oct 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 401037

Ø      Rank on discharge L/Cpl


Sep 13, 1922

The British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at 282 Bain Ave, Toronto Ontario 

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