Joseph Gerald Goldenburg



Aug 26, 1896

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59375 (temporary number 762)

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Goldenburg, brother, 177 Kent St., New South Wales, Australia

o       There is a note to also notify Miss Ruby Stoddart, 21 Hill St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

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


Mar 22, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay


Apr 4, 1915

There is a note in the file recommending that he be discharged from the CEF as medically unfit due to Flat Feet. 


Apr 14, 1915

Medical Board held in Kingston recommends that he discharged as medically unfit for active service.  This was not followed up on.


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


Jun 21, 1915

Employed as part of the Sanitary Police.  There is no mention in the file that he returned to “D” Company


Jul 16, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Aug 6, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Feb 1, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Feb 26, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis of Appendicitis


Mar 3, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station with a diagnosis that reads Acute Appendicitis


Mar 4, 1916

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at Mont des Cats


Mar 10, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 8, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Chronic Appendicitis and transferred the same day to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  Later that night he was transferred via the No. 24 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian Hospital in Boulogne


Apr 29, 1916

Discharged to the Marlborough Depot Camp in Boulogne


May 5, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 General Base Depot in Boulogne and classified TB (Temporary Base) for light duties


May 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 9 Stationary Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


May 20, 1916

Transferred to the No 12 Camp in Harfleur


May 28, 1916

He was discharged from the rest camp and ceased to be attached to the tunnelling company and rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “A” Camp near Dikkiebus, Belgium


Jul 14, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company for duty


Jul 16, 1916

While detailed to do an excavation for an engine room near Voormezeele, Belgium, the work party came under an enemy artillery barrage and Private Goldenburg received shrapnel wounds to his back and arms.  He was evacuated to the field ambulance for first aid then sent to a nearby casualty clearing station for treatment, before being transported to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Jul 21, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 5 Northern General Hospital in Leicester

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 19, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 31, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jan 4, 1917

Attached to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the battalion’s formation, it moved to Seaford


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Mar 18, 1917

Granted permission to marry

His next of kin was subsequently changed to read Mrs. Gertrude Goldenburg, wife, 447 Garratt Lane, Earlsfield, London, England


Jun 23, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 31, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #2 for being AWL and forfeited 7 days pay for his absentee time


Aug 23, 1917

Forfeited 5 days pay and allowances for being absent from the Defaulter’s Drill


Aug 27, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 448 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 6, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois


Sep 11, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery for duty


Aug 8, 1918

During the attack on Marcelcave, while serving with the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery, Private Goldenburg was killed instantly when hit in the neck by an enemy machine gun bullet. 

He was first buried in the Midway British Cemetery, north west of Marcelcave.  Thank you to Philippe Gruit for his assistance in determining the location of the old cemetery.

Following the war the Midway Cemetery was emptied and his remains were exhumed and reburied in the Villers Bretonneux Military Cemetery.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. G.L. Goldenburg, 447 Garratt lane, Wandsworth, London, England. 

There is a note stating that he was not eligible for the 1914-15 Star, and no indication in the file that it was ever issued to his widow.  According to his service file, he was clearly entitled to receive it.


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