James Edward Groves

Aug 27, 1885

Born in London, England to George William and Julia Ann (nee Whelan) Groves


May 16, 1910

Married to Rose De Lima Legault in Russell, Ontario


Nov 18, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59398 (temporary number 1011)

Ø  Next of kin given as Rose De Lima Groves, wife, Russell, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the Territorials in England

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company

o   Employed in the Bugle Band

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


Feb 3, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal while employed in the band


Apr 29, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 20, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 28, 1915

Near Voormezeele, Belgium, Corporal Groves was returning from a forward listening post, and when stepping from one trench board to another, slipped and fell, bruising his right hand.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid


Oct 29, 1915

Transferred to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where a fractured Metacarpal bone was diagnosed


Oct 30, 1915

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 British Red Cross Hospital in Paris Plage, France


Nov 14, 1915

Transferred to the Convalescent Depot


Nov 30, 1915

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the base details in Etaples with a medical category of TB (Temporary Base) meaning he was temporarily unfit for combat duty


Dec 2, 1915

Transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Dec 25, 1915

Corporal Groves rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Ridgewood, Belgium


Mar 23, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace 59743 Sgt W Nesbitt who had been transferred


Dec 24, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 1, 1917

Admitted to the Endell St. Military Hospital in London while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Jan 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jan 9, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 26, 1917

Admitted to the No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) This was later changed to read Myalgia


Jun 28, 1917

Discharged to duty from the clearing station


Aug 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 26, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 18, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia


Nov 25, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Mar 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Apr 4, 1918

Admitted to the No. 11 Canadian General Hospital in Shorncliffe while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


May 9, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Mar 10, 1919

Discharged from hospital and granted 10 days sick leave with instructions to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion on completion of his leave

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 29, 1919

Transferred to Military District #3 Wing, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Apr 16, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Apr 23, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario where he was posted to the Military District #3 Sub Depot


Apr 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 231746

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 803 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario


Jan 19, 1920

Rose De Lima Groves died of Acute Atrophy of the Liver while a patient of the Ottawa General Hospital and was buried in Russell, Ontario

I could not find a date, but James Groves later married Elizabeth Alice Booth


Feb 15, 1932

Elizabeth Alice Groves died in hospital and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery


Jul 31, 1951

James Edward Groves died in the Veterans Pavilion in Ottawa, Ontario of Bronchial Carcinoma and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa




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