Joseph Davis Golding, MM



Sep 20, 1893

Born at Manchester England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59382 (temporary number 755)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs EG Minaher of Cavan St., Port Hope Ontario

o       The spelling was later changed to read Minaker.  Joseph Golding was listed as a boarder in her home on the 1911 Census

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer, but later recorded as File Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company which was later reorganized into “D” Company

Ø      Medical note that he is slightly flat footed, but not sufficient to cause rejection


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 6, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Philip Pauley who had been promoted


Dec 7, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 9, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29854


This was awarded for his actions at Courcelette

The citation reads

For exceptional bravery and daring in action.  When ordered to cover the consolidating parties in the captured position he took his gun to an advanced point and although buried five times by enemy shell fire, he each time repaired until the work was completed.

AFW 3121.


Mar 15, 1917

Appointed to appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt Maurice Howard who was promoted


Nov 17, 1917

Proceeded on the Lewis Gun Course


Nov 19, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Dec 5, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course and appointed Lewis Gun Sgt

Mar 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 28, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1918

Admitted to No 90 Field Ambulance, then transferred to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred same day to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis of Venereal Disease 

This diagnosis was later changed to read “Cyst, Non Venereal”


Apr 5, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Stationary Hospital


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred to No 39 AT (Ambulance Transport) for transport to hospital


Apr 8, 1918

Admitted to No 51 General Hospital at Etaples


May 11, 1918

Transferred to No 51 General Hospital, then discharged to duty 

Ordered to forfeit Field Allowance of 10 cents per day, plus pay was deducted at the rate of 50 cents per day for the 34 days he was in hospital as penalty for contracting a Venereal Disease.  This order was later rescinded when the diagnosis was changed


May 20, 1918

Discharged to duty


May 21, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and assigned to “A” Company which is the Company for those rehabilitating from wounds and sickness


Jun 6, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) and TOS (Taken On Strength) 21st Battalion


Jun 13, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 15, 1919

Granted 10 days leave


Mar 1, 1919

Attended at No 9 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Camiers and the previous diagnosis of Venereal Disease was amended in the file to read “Cyst Non Venereal”


Mar 14, 1919

Discharged from No 9 Stationary Hospital and attached to CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot)


Mar 19, 1919

Left CGBD for unit after completion of Escort Duty


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

Posted to “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


May 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277324

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Port Hope Ontario


Apr 19, 1920

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Box 355 Port Hope Ontario


Nov 10, 1920

Noted as being married on this date to Norma Hamly


Mar 9, 1956

Deceased at Sunnybrook Hospital Toronto Ontario

Union Cemetery
Hope ON


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