John Benjamin Gage

Above photo, taken while with the 35th Battalion, Pte Gage is 2nd from the right in the second row from the top

The Marriage certificate is courtesy of Annette Fulford, with details transcribed below

Name: John Benjamin Gage
Age: 19
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1893
Father Name: John Gage
Mother Name: Agnes Noel
Spouse Name: Jennie Dixon
Spouse's Age: 28
Spouse Estimated Birth Year: abt 1884
Spouse Father Name: Robert Kyle Dixon
Spouse Mother Name: Mary Jane Dixon
Marriage Date: 3 Feb 1912
Marriage Place: York
Marriage County: York




Summary of Service Record


Mar 2, 1892

Born at London England 

Note that his birth year is recorded as 1891 on his Attestation Papers.  The 1911 Census shows his birth year as 1892, as does family history.


Feb 3, 1912

Married to Jennie Dixon at Toronto Ontario


Apr 5, 1915

Attested into the 35th Battalion at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 404512 (initially was A04512)

Ø      Next of kin given as Jennie Gage (wife) of 27 Montague St., Toronto Ontario

o       This was later changed several times, with the last know address as c/o Bank of Toronto, Yonge St. Branch, Toronto Ontario (Oct 27, 1922)

Ø      Previous occupation given as shipper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Congregationalist

Ø      Assigned to 14 Platoon, “D” Company


Oct 16, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



Oct 25, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Mar 29, 1916

Will made out leaving entire estate to his wife of 3 Lennox Road, Hove, Sussex, England


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked for France as part of a draft for the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1916

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) of the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1916

Left CIBD to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 20, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line south of Ypres, in the Voormezeele Belgium area


May 15, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl IR Metcalfe who had been promoted


Jul 3, 1916

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Cocke who had been promoted


Sep 17, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sergeant


Jul 19, 1917

Killed in action by shell fire


Initially buried in the Lievin Military Cemetery by Major WE Kidd (Battalion Padre), but later moved to the Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France


Jun 24, 1920

Death Plaque and Scroll sent to his widow at 9714 Logan Ave Toronto Ontario (this address is wrong and should have been 971 Logan Ave.) 

Memorial Cross sent to his mother, Mrs JB Gage Sr., c/o The Commons Junior Masonic School, Baker St., Wey Bridge, Surrey England


The newspaper articles above are courtesy of Marika Pirie


Oct 24, 1922

Death Scroll sent to wife c/o Bank of Toronto, Yonge St Branch, Toronto Ontario.


Oct 25, 1922

Death Plaque sent to wife at address above


Oct 28, 1922

Death Scroll returned as unclaimed


Nov 2, 1922

Death Plaque returned as unclaimed


Feb 22, 1923

Death Plaque and Scroll sent again 

With several different addresses recorded and crossed off, it is difficult to determine which address these items were finally sent to. 


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