Morra Lyman Godfrey



Aug 1, 1896

Born in Campbellford, Ontario to Archie Allan and Phoebe Ann (nee Embury) Godfrey 

The birth record indicates that the given name is Moray, not Morra


Aug 28, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Barriefield, Ontario 

Ø      Number 455563

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Godfrey, mother, Tweed, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lineman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area 

His brother Percy Godfrey had attested into the 21st battalion on November 9, 1914


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp to continue training


Apr 30, 1916

Admitted to the Connaught Aldershot Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


May 30, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital and his pay was reduced at the rate of 50¢ per day and loss of Field Allowance of 10¢ per day for the 33 days spent in hospital as punishment for acquiring the VDG infection


Jun 4, 1916

Admitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital for complication from his VD infection


Jun 5, 1916

Transferred to the Special Division Hospital in Bulford


Jul 5, 1916

While in hospital, the 59th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion and moved to West Sandling


Jul 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 21, 1916

Admitted to hospital with VDG


Aug 15, 1916

Transferred to the Cherryhinton Military Hospital in Cambridge


Sep 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 27, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 99 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion, France, resting and re-equipping after the fighting on the Somme


Oct 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with an infection of the testicles


Oct 17, 1916

Transferred via the No. 15 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 General Hospital


Oct 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre where the diagnosis is changed to read VDG and Epididymitis


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the CBD and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness 

His pay was reduced at the rate of 50¢ per day and loss of Field Allowance of 10¢ per day for the 17 days spent in hospital as punishment for acquiring the VDG infection


Nov 10, 1916

Left the CBD to join the entrenching battalion


Nov 13, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 15 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Left the entrenching battalion and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Bully Grenay


Nov 3, 1917

His brother Percy Godfrey was killed on the Passchendaele front while the battalion was moving into the front line


Nov 26, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 14, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jul 13, 1918

Admitted to the No. 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Synovitis in his left knee.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 43 CCS where surgery was performed to relieve swelling and to allow for drainage


Jul 18, 1918

Transferred via the No. 9 AT and admitted to the No. 9 USA General Hospital in Rouen


Jul 24, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Guildford Castle

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 8, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in the Cooden Camp, Bexhill


Sep 20, 1918

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for physical therapy


Sep 30, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the CCD and admitted to the Canadian Hospital in Etchinghill, Lyminge with an acute 2nd attack of VDG


Feb 1, 1919

He was absent for 1 day and forfeited 2 days pay


Mar 11, 1919

Ceased to be shown as a patient in hospital and now shown as attached to the 3rd CCD


Mar 20, 1919

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 12, 1919

Proceeded to Rhyl and posted to MD (Military District) 3 pending return to Canada


May 7, 1919

Embarked the SS Celtic in Liverpool


May 15, 1919

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


May 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279506

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Box 107 Tweed, Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Victoria St. North, Tweed, Ontario


Jan 21, 1920

Married to Agnes Callaghan in Napanee, Ontario.  His occupation is given as Telephone Inspector


Nov 29, 1930

Died in Tweed, Ontario of Acute Pulmonary Tuberculosis and buried in Tweed


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