Walter Raley Emsley

May 29, 1889

Born in Brockville, Ontario to William Henry and Susie (nee Major) Emsley


Jun 25, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 16th Regiment Staff with the rank of Sergeant


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59299 (temporary number 1000)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. S Emsley, mother, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

Ø  Previous military experience given as 16th Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.



Jan 22, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 2, 1915

Attached to the Pay and Records Office in London for duty to replace Acting Sergeant Bernard who became ill


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France while Walter Emsley remained in London


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion, but remained attached to the Pay and Records Office in London


Feb 16, 1916

Granted 6 days leave


Mar 29, 1916

Admitted to the 4th London General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) and Orchitis


Apr 6, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 10, 1916

Granted 7 days leave


Dec 1, 1916

The Pay and Records Office became known as the CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps)


Apr 29, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the Canadian Army Pay Corps and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford. 

Reverted to the rank of Private


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Emsley joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Aug 28, 1918

Private Emsley joined the Rear Details of 21st Battalion in Berneville, south west of Arras, France and was posted to the Headquarters Company


Dec 13, 1918

Private Emsley crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Feb 14, 1919

To receive pay as Clerk


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


On arrival in England he proceeded to Witley with the battalion and posted to “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 7, 1919

Transferred to the 2nd Division Pool in Witley


May 13, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant without pay


May 22, 1919

Posted to “N” Wing in Witley and attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters in Witley


Jun 29, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Jul 12, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Jul 21, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213727

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 495 Grosvenor St., London, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 143 Brock St., Oshawa, Ontario


Jun 26, 1926

Married to Anne Grace Morrison in Oshawa, Ontario.  On the marriage registration he listed his occupation as Service Salesman


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