John Edwards, MC

Aug 26, 1878

Born at Liverpool England


Aug 4, 1914

Served with the Canadian School of Musketry (Permanent Force)


Apr 25, 1915

Leaves School of Musketry to become Musketry Instructor for #3 Military District (Eastern Ontario)


May 1, 1915

Sworn into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Given rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Anne Edwards (wife) of 283 Queen St., Kingston Ontario

o       Later changed to “The Cottage, 2 Edenhurst Ave., Hurlingham, London SW

o       Later changed to 20A Highlands Ave., Acton, London W

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Soldier”

Ø      Previous military experience given as

o       Royal Canadian Regiment 2 years & 4 months

o       King’s Regiment (Imperial Army) 18 years

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Noted on medical that he “wears glasses”

Ø      Assigned to Headquarters Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England


It is interesting to note that his name does not appear on the Battalion’s Embarkation Roll, even though his service file clearly shows him embarking the Metagama on this date.


May 15, 1915

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


Jun 18, 1915

Qualified as 1st Class Musketry Instructor


Jul 24, 1915

Seconded for duty as 4th Brigade Machine Gun Officer and attached to 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Dec 12, 1915

Ceases to be attached to 4th CIB HQ 

Granted Temporary rank of Capt while commanding 4th CIB Machine Gun Company


Sep 16, 1916

Wounded in right buttock during the Battle for Courcelette 

Relinquishes rank of Capt


Sep 17, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a GSW (Gun Shot Wound) to right thigh and fractured pelvis


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to No 2 British Red Cross Hospital at Rouen.  Reported as dangerously ill, but may be visited. 

Surgery performed to remove bullet fragments


Oct 25, 1916

Assigned to the “Wounded Detachment” of Machine Gun Coy HQ


Oct 27, 1916

Admitted to 4th London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London SE 

Posted to the General List


Nov 10, 1916

Second surgery performed to remove additional bullet fragments and dead bone


Nov 14, 1916

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #29824



Feb 8, 1917

SOS 4th Canadian Machine Gun Coy and posted to CMG (Canadian Machine Gun) Depot


Mar 20, 1917

Medical Board in London recommends that he will be unfit for any service for 3 months and that he be invalided to Canada for further treatment 

Granted leave until June 20, 1917


Apr 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Apr 4, 1917

SOS 4th CIB on returning to Canada for further medical treatment

 Embarked the SS Olympic at Liverpool England for Canada



Apr 22, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City recommends further surgery to remove additional bone and bullet fragments. 

Declares him unfit for any duty for 9 months


Apr 23, 1917

Attached to Military Hospital Casualty Company Kingston, during convalescence in Canada


May 22, 1917

Medical Board at Kingston declares him unfit for any duty for “at least 6 months”.


Mar 23, 1918

Medical Board at Queen’s Military Hospital Kingston notes that the dressings have been changed continuously since Oct 2, 1917 and that the wound is healing slowly. 

Recommendation that dressings continue to be changed daily and continuation of light duty for a further 2 months, then re-examination


Jan 15, 1919

Posted to Hospital Section from Instructor’s Cadre MD #3


Dec 23, 1919

Appointed Captain in Canadian Permanent Machine Gun Bde


Jan 1, 1920

Transferred to the Canadian Permanent Machine Gun Corps


May 31, 1920

Discharged from the CEF on being re-constituted into the Permanent Force of Canada


Sep 1, 1923

To be Captain in CSAS


Oct 20, 1924

Temporary Asst Bde Cadet Officer MD #2


Dec 1, 1928

SOS to MD #3


Jan 18, 1933

Retired from the Canadian Forces


Mar 1, 1941



Prospect Cemetery
Toronto ON


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