James Cleburn "Si" Gay


Sep 22, 1894

Born at Foxboro Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59356 (temporary number 179)

Ø      Next of kin given as Isaac B Gay (father) of Foxboro Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company.  Prior to embarking for England, he was transferred into the Depot Company Signal Section


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Aug 28, 1915

Transferred from the Depot Company to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 25, 1916

Granted leave of absence until December 5, 1916


Dec 11, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company for duty


Dec 23, 1917

Granted 14 days leave of absence


Mar 14, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion but remained attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Signal Company 

I could find no entry that showed him returning to the 21st Battalion, but the next entry shows him proceeding to England with the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Transferred to the Records List and proceeded to the Canadian Embarkation Camp at Witley England pending return to Canada


May 10, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic at Southampton



May 16, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 184613

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Donald St, Belleville Ontario 

His discharge took place just 5 days prior to the arrival of the 21st Battalion in Kingston.  There is no evidence that he remained in Kingston to greet his old comrades


Nov 13, 1919

1914-15 Star sent to him addressed to Donald St, Belleville Ontario


Apr 19, 1921

The British War Medal was sent to him at Foxboro Ontario


Sep 12, 1921

The Victory Medal was sent to him at Foxboro Ontario


Sep 3, 1924

Married to Stella Maud Bird at Bayside Ontario


Feb 12, 1957

Died at Foxboro Ontario 

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