David Belford Emmorey

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 10, 1884

Born at Marmora Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 999

o       Since he was discharged prior to the Battalion leaving for England, he was never issued with a 59xxx number

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Adam McGarvey, mother, of Marmora

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company


Dec 20, 1914

Sentenced to 10 days detention.  The offence he committed is not recorded in the file


Dec 30, 1914

Discharged from the CEF for Misconduct


Jan 9, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion at Marmora Ontario 

Ø      Number 636313

Ø      Next of kin given as Mary Emmorey, mother, of Marmora Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 49th Frontenac Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

The Battalion trained at Kingston Ontario


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France as part of a draft of 147 Other Ranks from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Apr 7, 1917

Pte Emmorey made out a Will leaving his estate to Pte JA Froats 636082, another 21st Battalion soldier.


Apr 9, 1917

He was killed in action during the attack at Vimy Ridge and buried in a mass grave in a crater.

Zivy Crater Cemetery
Thelus France

Post war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Mary McGarvey, at Marmora Ontario


Oct 29, 1917

Pte Froats signed an affidavit assigning the estate to whomever the Officer in charged of Estates deems to be lawfully entitled to it.  This was per the verbal wish of Pte Emmorey prior to his death.  It is worth noting that Pte Froats survived the war and returned to Canada 

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