Albert James Grimes

Feb 3, 1881

Born in London, England


Apr 10, 1909

Married to Gertrude May Welch


Dec 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59396 (temporary number 1181)

Ø  Next of kin given as Gertrude Grimes, wife, Wellington, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 years in the Loyal Northern Lancashire Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Transport Section

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Jul 21, 1915

Assistant Provost Marshal for the 2nd Canadian Division in St. Martin’s Plain reported that Private Grimes had been arrested as an absentee in Barnet, a suburb of London, and returned to the 21st Battalion under escort


Aug 19, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Sep 12, 1915

Board of Inquiry declares Private Albert James Grimes to be a Deserter as of September 8, 1915

It was later ruled that his medal entitlement was forfeited and no medals were issued in his name


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