Jack Fee


Above, Jack is seen with his sister, Tilly Fee, c1910, when he was a Colour Sgt with the Governor General's Foot Guard in Ottawa.


Above, Jack is seen on the left as a Col-Sgt with the 21st Battalion in late 1914, or early 1915 while in Kingston.  On the right, he is shown as a Lieutenant, most likely right after his promotion.



Above, Jack is shown with the Maple Leaf collar dogs instead of the C/21 in the photo above.




Mar 10, 1877

Born at Belfast Ireland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59314 (temporary number 711)

Ø      Next of kin given as Miss Tilley Fee (sister) of 573 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa Ontario

o       This was later changed to Hilda Fee (sister)

Ø      Previous occupation given as Agent

Ø      No previous military experience given but he did answer “yes” to the question – do you now belong to the active Militia as he was a member of the Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company 

Note entered in file states “CSM Fee passed portions “A” & “B” of Lieutenants examinations in Ottawa in October 1914.  He resigned his commission to join 21st Canadian Battalion on mobilization on October 29, 1914.”  This is signed by WS Hughes, Lt Col, O.C. 21st Canadian Battalion.


Feb 23, 1915

Appointed to position of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in position of CQMS


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 12, 1916

Promoted to rank of WO2 (Warrant Officer 2nd Class) and appointed to position of CSM (Company Sergeant Major)


Feb 21, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Mar 1, 1916

At duty from leave


May 7, 1916

Granted commission and appointed to rank of Temporary Lieutenant on passing course at Cadet School 

Posted to 21st Battalion as Temp Lieut


May 8, 1916

Granted 8 days leave


Jun 1, 1916

Granted leave to June 7, 1916


Jun 7, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Wounded in arm by shrapnel (compound fracture of left arm) and sent to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred via No 18 AT (Ambulance Transport) to the No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 18, 1916

Transferred to No 8 Red Cross Hospital at Le Touquet


Oct 29, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester 

Posted to General List and detached to CTD (Canadian Training Depot)


Jan 15, 1917

Struck Off Establishment of 21st Battalion


Mar 21, 1917

Transferred to Granville Hospital at Ramsgate


Apr 30, 1917

Operation to remove bone fragments and allow drainage of wound


May 21, 1917

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Jun 11, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel from left arm


Jul 25, 1917

Admitted to Canadian Officer’s Convalescent Hospital Broadstairs Kent


Aug 17, 1917

Discharged from Convalescent Hospital and granted leave until September 6, 1917


Sep 7, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) Seaford Command


Sep 14, 1917

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Hastings


Sep 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted 14 days leave


Oct 29, 1917

SOS EORD on transfer to the BD CFC (Base Depot, Canadian Forestry Corps) at Sunningdale


Nov 16, 1917

TOS CFC, District 55 from BD CFC


Mar 1, 1918

Appointed to rank of Temporary Captain


Jun 19, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Major while Commanding a Company


Dec 19, 1918

To be a Temporary Major


Mar 17, 1919

Appointed to Command CFC District 55, replacing L/Col WH Milne


Jul 17, 1919

Medical exam at London England noted 

Ø      Multiple fracture of left arm from shrapnel wounds

Ø      Limited movement of left arm and hand

Ø      Cannot close left fist

Ø      Left arm and hand become numb in damp weather

Ø      Varicose veins in both legs

Ø      Recommended for service in Canada only


Aug 6, 1919

Medical exam shows marked deafness in both ears


Aug 12, 1919

Retired in the British Isles


Aug 9, 1923

British War Medal and Victory Medal signed for by Jack Fee at 572 Parkdale Ave., Ottawa Ontario


Jack died February 14, 1950, and is buried in the Royal Oak Park Burial  Park in Victoria British Columbia.


With thanks to David Truemner and Jack Bates for photos


From the January 1934 issue of the Communiqué


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