Edwin Wesley Edwards MC


Nov 23, 1876

Born at Strathallan, Oxford County, East Zorra Township, Ontario, Canada


May 1, 1916

Signed Officer’s Declaration into the 91st Battalion at St Thomas Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of Kin given as Mrs Eleanor S Edwards (wife) of Highgate Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Clergyman”

Ø      Religion given as “Methodist”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 Months with the 25th Regiment at St Thomas


Jun 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax for England



Jul 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Battalion


Sep 20, 1916

Posted to the Rev. Cadre of the 39th Battalion


Sep 26, 1916

Obtained “Distinguished” Brigade Entry


Nov 12, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe with Influenza (held at Hythe from October 3, 1916) 

Treated with throat mist and gargle


Nov 18, 1916

Declared fit for duty


Nov 22, 1916

Medical Board declares him fit for General Service


Nov 23, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Jan 4, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 39th Battalion on posting to 6th Reserve Battalion


Aug 2, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 7, 1917

Proceeded to France


Aug 8, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 10, 1917

Left No 2 CIBD to join unit


Aug 12, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 21, 1917

Proceeded on course


Aug 25, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course


Oct 26, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) as Brigade Gas Officer


Mar 6, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 21, 1918

Rejoined from leave (still attached to 4th CIB)


Sep 29, 1918

A proposed transfer to the Chaplain Service was cancelled and ceased to be attached to the 4th CIB 

Rejoined 21st Battalion for duty


Sep 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 19, 1918

To be Acting Captain to replace Temp Capt ES Sawell who was wounded


Nov 9, 1918

Suffered a gas attack at Mons and sent to aid station


Dec 2, 1918

To be Temporary Captain


Mar 3, 1919

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with “disease of framework of nose”, then transferred to No 53 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 13, 1919

Transferred to No 14 CCS


Mar 14, 1919

Transferred to No 14 General Hospital Wimereux


Mar 23, 1919

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford England 

Admitted to Red Cross Officer’s Convalescent Hospital, Hambley St., London


Apr 2, 1919

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #31266 and #31680



Apr 9, 1919

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Officer’s Hospital, Matlock, Bath


Apr 12, 1919

Medical Board at Matlock Bath, findings: 

Ø      Has suffered from slight nasal obstruction for some time

Ø      This was aggravated when he was gassed on Nov 11, 1918

Ø      Suffers headaches and nausea caused by nasal discharge running back into throat

Ø      Alkaline nasal washes recommended

Ø      Declared fit for general service


Apr 13, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Apr 18, 1919

Discharged from Hospital as fit for duty


Apr 22, 1919

TOS CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


May 13, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool for Canada


TOS MD3 (Military District 3, at Kingston Ontario)

May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Canada


May 26, 1919

SOS the CEF on being demobilized and discharged from the army 

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to last known address, Gooderich St., Seaforth, Ontario


Apr 7, 1946



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