John Grimsley



Jun 10, 1896

Born to John and Florence Grimsley at Oxfordshire England


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 431

o       Because he never proceeded to England, he did not receive a permanent 59000 series number

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Florence Grimsley (mother) of Barriefield (Kingston) Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later shown as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the original “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Dec 21, 1914

Admitted into the Queen Street Military Hospital, Kingston, diagnosed with Rheumatism


Feb 6, 1915

Discharged to light duty from hospital 

Employed in the hospital Supply Depot


Apr 1, 1915

Transferred to the PAMC (Permanent Army Medical Corps) and number changed to read 334


Oct 4, 1916

Married to Grace Alexander at Kingston Ontario 

Occupation shown as Militia


Apr 14, 1918

Admitted to the Ongwanada Hospital at Kingston diagnosed with Rheumatism 

There is no date in the file to show any promotion, but his rank is shown as Corporal on admission to hospital


Apr 26, 1918

Discharged to light duty from hospital


May 3, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston notes 

Ø      Unit shown as PAMC

Ø      Number 334

Ø      Rank Corporal

Ø      Has a distinct heart murmur

Ø      On exertion has shortness of breath and pain near the heart

Ø      Reports that he has had several mild heart attacks since being released from hospital in February 1915

Ø      He is declared to be Medically Unfit for any service and recommended for discharge


May 5, 1919

TOS (Taken On Strength) No 3 AMC (Army Medical Corps) Depot 

Ø      Number 334

o       This was later changed to 2778652


May 10, 1919

Discharged from No 3 CAMC Depot at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Number shown as 2778652

Ø      Total service given as 4 years 222 days

Ø      Intended residence on discharge Barriefield Ontario


Jun 6, 1940

Died at Kingston Ontario of a Coronary Thrombosis which was declared to be as a result of his CEF service

Cataraqui Cemetery
Kingston Ontario


Aug 19, 1940

Because his death was due to his service, a Memorial Cross was sent to his widow, Mrs Grace Grimsley at 198 Victoria St, Kingston ON 

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