Sidney George Elms


May 13, 1878

Born in Newton, Abbot Devon, England to John and Violetta (nee Benbow) Elms


Aug 15, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion in Niagara on the Lake, Ontario 

Ø      Number 141902

Ø      Next of kin given as Clair (also spelled Clare, Clari and Clarie) Rebecca Elms, wife, Box 1322 North Bay, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Piano and Organ Tuner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company 

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Oct 25, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


Mar 23, 1916

Reverted to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training 

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal effective on this date


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.  On arrival he reverted to the rank of Private


Sep 15, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl ES Cochrane 59174 who was killed in action


Nov 19, 1916

Returned to the CBD for medical evaluation


Nov 20, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia in his back and legs


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 CFA Rest Station for treatment and recovery


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 CFA


Dec 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 13 CFA


Dec 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 16, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Calonne as part of the Brigade Reserve


Apr 14, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace A/Cp William Gordonl 454640, who had been promoted


May 26, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne with an accidental sprain of his left foot


May 30, 1917

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot for recuperation


Jun 7, 1917

Transferred to the large rest camp


Jun 10, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


Jun 13, 1917

Left the CIBD to join the battalion


Jun 14, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Coupigny, France


Aug 18, 1917

Corporal Elms received shrapnel wounds to his neck, legs and arms during the attack on Hill 70.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment but died of his wounds there.  He was buried in the nearby Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his wife, Mrs. Clair Rebecca Elms, Box 1322 North Bay, Ontario



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