George Arthur Gee



Jun 22, 1896

Born in Bolton, Lancastershire, England to Richard and Margaret Gee


Oct 25, 1907

Embarked the SS Victorian in Liverpool with his mother Margaret, and sister Eliza


Nov 2, 1907

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Braeside, Ontario to join his father who had preceded the family to Canada


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59357 (temporary number 429)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Margaret Gee, Braeside, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 11, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Seigel, who had been promoted


May 28, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 6, 1916

Leave extended to June 7


Jul 4, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl GH Fishenden who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

As part of the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was given the task of taking a German stronghold in a sugar refinery near Courcelette.  This was the first time the Canadians had used tanks as part of their attack.  Cpl Gee was killed during heavy fighting.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield, or if so, was never identified.  As such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Ridge Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Richard Gee, Braeside, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Margaret Gee, at the same address


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