Joseph Marshall Graham


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Pte JM Graham is in the top photo, back row, on the left, marked with an X

JM Graham
Some of the 109th Battalion at Kinmount Ontario
Pte JM Graham is in the back row, on the far left.

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Some of the 109th Battalion at the Kinmount Hall in 1916
Pte JM Graham is in the back row, third from the right.


Summary of Service Record

Apr 29, 1887

Born at Irondale, Haliburton County Ontario


Dec 30, 1915

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Kinmount Ontario 

Ø      Service number 726042
Ø      Next of kin given as Arthur Graham (father)
Ø      Occupation given as “Farmer”
Ø      Single
Ø      No reported previous service
Ø      Scars noted on both knees
Ø      Noted as being in “D” Company


Mar 1, 1916

Separation Allowance of $20 per month to be paid to his wife  -  the first payment wasn’t made until Oct 30, 1916, but was paid back to March 1st.


Jul 6, 1916

Will made leaving everything to his father, Arthur Graham


Jul 11, 1916

Particulars of Family form filled out prior to departure for overseas service – it was noted that his mother is not alive, and that he had no insurance – it was also noted that he was not married


Jul 24, 1916

Embarked at Halifax for England


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool, England with 109th Battalion


Sep 12, 1916

Pay assignment of $15 per month made to his wife, Mrs E Graham to begin Oct 1st.


Oct 2, 1916

The standard Will found in the back of a soldier’s Pay Book was filled in and left everything to his wife, Mrs Emma Graham of Kinmount Ontario


Oct 5, 1916

SOS 109th Battalion to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

TOS 21st Battalion at Canadian Base Detail England


Oct 20, 1916

Left England for unit in the field


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 9, 1916

Will made leaving everything to his wife, Mrs Emma Graham.


Feb 16, 1917

Admitted to No 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a gun shot wound in the right leg


Feb 18, 1917

Transferred to No 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Mar 7, 1917

Discharged to duty


Apr 24, 1917

Admitted to No 20 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers with PUO (Pyrexia of unknown origin, which in fact is a fever) – he was possibly gassed at Vimy Ridge.


May 4, 1917

Discharged to duty at the Canadian Base Detail at Etaples


May 7, 1917

TOS Canadian Base Details from Etaples “A”


May 10, 1917

Left CBD to rejoin unit in the field


May 14, 1917

Returned to duty with battalion from hospital


Sep 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 14, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Dec 1, 1917

Separation Allowance increased to $25 per month


Dec 30, 1917

Awarded the “Good Conduct Badge”  (requirement for this is that he must go for 2 years on active service without a criminal charge)


Sep 1, 1918

Separation Allowance increased to $30 per month


Oct 14, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 11, 1918

Noted on the Nominal Roll for the Battalion as being a member of a “Sections Company”


Nov 3, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Proceeded to England from the field


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at Witley from 21st Battalion for processing prior to departure for Canada


Apr 5, 1919

Medical history prepared at Witley Camp 

Ø      His gun shot wound and PUO (fever) were noted

Ø      Also a note that he was gassed in April of 1917 (it is possible that he was gassed during the attack at Vimy Ridge as he suffered an unknown fever 2 weeks later)

Ø      A separate piece of note paper was laid over the first page of the report covering part of the page  -  it made note of a separate diagnosis of DAH (diffuse alveolar hemorrhage) and said it was a common result of being gassed

Ø      Partial loss of heart function was noted

Ø      Irregular pulse

Ø      Noted that he smokes “about 30 cigarettes a day, smoking much heavier than before enlistment”

Ø      Expected duration of disability was determined to be 6 to 12 months

Ø      This diagnosis was approved by the Medical Board at the Canadian Concentration Camp at Witley on April 18, 1919


May 13, 1919

SOS to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool for Canada



May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario – given “War Service Badge, Class “A”, No 279895


Sep 17, 1986

Medals (British War Medal and Victory Medal) sent to Joseph Graham c/o Irondale Ontario


Oct 28, 1994

Statement of Service prepared


 JM Graham

This photo Joseph Graham and his wife Emma, was taken a short time before his death.


Gelert Cemetery
Gelert ON


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