Evan Ernest Edwards

Jul 20, 1896

Born in Algonquin, Ontario to John and Jane Arilla (nee Andress) Edwards


May 2, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Prescott, Ontario

Ø  Number 454878

Ø  Next of kin given as John Edwards, Prescott, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

o   He was later assigned to the Machine Gun Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 18, 1915

His father John passed away in Prescott, Ontario and his next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Jane Edwards, mother, Box 388, Prescott, Ontario


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England


Jun 23, 1916

Transferred to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) at the Riseborough Barracks in Shorncliffe


Aug 24, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 25, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 107 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Zouafques, France and assigned as a Lewis Gunner in the Machine Gun Section


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was given the objective of capturing the strongly defended sugar refinery south of Courcelette.  During the attack, Private Edwards received a wound to his right shoulder and hip from the explosion of a HE (high explosive) artillery shell.  In a letter home he told his mother that it was his first day in the front line trench and that he received a very slight wound from a bullet but carried on.  It was later in the day when an artillery shell landed close to him and he was buried alive by it. 

His comrades dug him out and he was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further treatment. 


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital in Whalley Lancashire

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



Nov 3, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Nov 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Shoreham


Nov 15, 1916

Medical Board recommends 4 weeks of light duties and physical therapy


Nov 18, 1916

Graded for Clerk’s pay


Nov 24, 1916

Attached to the Shoreham Camp Commandant for duty


Dec 31, 1916

Attached to the 3rd Reserve Brigade Headquarters in Seaford for duty


Feb 8, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal


Mar 10, 1917

Medical Board in Seaford notes that he is suffering from Scabies and is temporarily placed on light duties


Mar 11, 1917

Transferred to the EORD in Seaford


Oct 26, 1917

Admitted to the Cherryhinton Military Hospital in Cambridge with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Jan 17, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 22, 1918

Medical Board at Seaford makes note of a disability caused by Tachycardia (Hyperthyroidism) and classified his medical condition as B3, meaning that he was only capable of non-combat sedentary employment such as a clerk.  It was recorded as not likely to be improved within 6 months


Feb 13, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant while employed at the 3rd Reserve Brigade Headquarters in Seaford


May 9, 1918

Ceased to be attached to EORD and transferred to the 3rd Reserve Brigade Headquarters in Seaford


Sep 9, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private and transferred to the EORD in Seaford and attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Sep 23, 1918

Embarked the SS Cardiganshire in London



Oct 7, 1918

Disembarked in Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario

TOS MD #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Oct 10, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until October 24, 1918


Nov 11, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR No. 2, Brockville, Ontario

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him care of The Royal Bank of Canada, Magnetawan, Ontario


Mar 10, 1921

Married to Margaret Amy Johnson in Parry Sound, Ontario


Jun 1, 1921

The 1921 Census shows him living in Sprucedale, Ontario and his occupation as Bank Clerk


Nov 8, 1941

Evan Edwards died in Toronto, Ontario

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