John Grieve


Apr 28, 1885

Born at Selkirk County Scotland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59394 (temporary number 261)

Ø      Next of kin given as Margaret Grieve (wife) of Burke St, Cobourg Ontario

o       This was later changed to c/o Mr J Elder, St Leonards Farm, Lanark, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Machinist

o       Later recorded as Policeman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


Feb 23, 1915

Promoted to provisional rank of Cpl with pay retroactive to November 5, 1914


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


Jun 13, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) 

Reduced to rank of Pte for misconduct (AWL) 

Forfeits 1 days pay for absence of 1 day


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 27, 1915

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl with pay to replace L/Cpl AER Jones who was promoted to rank of Cpl


Jan 13, 1916 

Wounded by bullet to left shoulder and admitted to Canadian Field ambulance 

Transferred same day to Casualty Clearing Station 

From the Battalion’s War Diary



Jan 14, 1916

Transferred via No 24 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Jan 15, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital at Boulogne with bullet wound to right shoulder 

The subsequent medical reports alternate describing the wound as either the left or right shoulder


Jan 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel



Jan 20, 1916

Admitted to Bevan Military Hospital at Sandgate and posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Feb 15, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Bath while in hospital


Jun 30, 1916

Transferred to Hill House Hospital at Minster


Jul 14, 1916

Transferred to Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Aug 5, 1916

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Sep 14, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to CCAC at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion for PB (Permanent Base) Duty at West Sandling Camp


Oct 19, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge for 2 years service


Jan 4, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 15, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Cpl


Mar 22, 1917

Ceases to be attached and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford for Permanent Base Duty


Mar 23, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Provisional Sgt with pay


Feb 14, 1918

Reverts to rank of L/Cpl on returning to 6th Reserve Battalion for duty


Feb 23, 1918

Placed On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 26, 1918

Embarked the SS Thiselhurst (formerly SS Canada) at Liverpool England


The SS Canada was renamed the SS Thislehurst shortly before the sailing, and is recorded in the file as the SS Canada


Mar 16, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Apr 10, 1918

TOS Casualty Company of No 3 Special Service Company at Kingston Ontario 

Appointed to position of CSM (Company Sgt Major) and placed On Command to the Cobourg Military Hospital, Cobourg Ontario for employment in the Orderly Room


Jul 7, 1918

Admitted to Cobourg Military Hospital diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis and limited motion of left shoulder


Aug 16, 1918

Discharged from hospital to duty


Nov 8, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) No 3 Special Service Company on posting to #3 CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) and remained employed in the Cobourg Military Hospital Orderly Room


Dec 23, 1918

Posted to Ontario Military Hospital at Cobourg Ontario


Apr 28, 1919

Appointed to position of RSM (Regimental Sgt Major)


Jun 17, 1919

Admitted to Cobourg Military Hospital diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis and Impetigo to face


Jun 24, 1919

Discharged from hospital to duty


Jul 3, 1919

Admitted to Cobourg Military Hospital diagnosed with Chronic Bronchitis with a predisposition to TB


Jul 21, 1919

Discharged to duty


Aug 21, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s University Military Hospital at Kingston Ontario diagnosed with Bronchitis


Sep 2, 1919

Discharged from hospital and returned to the Ontario Military Hospital at Cobourg for duty


Jun 16, 1920

Transferred to #3 CAMC Depot at Kingston Ontario


Jun 30, 1920

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 54862

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Cobourg Ontario


May 17, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Box #41, Chapel St, Cobourg Ontario


Jul 19, 1968

Deceased at Caston Corners Ontario

Union Cemetery
Cobourg ON


John Grieve is seen above on the left relaxing at home with 2 others from the Battalion in Cobourg prior to his depature for England in 1915

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