Russell Leigh Hales

Jul 25, 1893

Born in Apsley, Ontario to William and Matilda (nee Daniels) Hales


Nov 20, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Peterborough, Ontario


Mar 6, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) under the MSA in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 3057154

Ø  Next of kin given as William Hales, father, Apsley, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to the 4th Regimental Draft


Mar 8, 1918

Granted leave until April 6


Apr 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 14, 1918

The 4th Draft of the Eastern Ontario Regiment’s 1st Depot Battalion boarded a train at Tete du Pont Barracks in Kingston bound for Halifax, Nova Scotia.  The draft consisted of 2 officers, 8 Sergeants and 192 Privates.


Apr 17, 1918

The draft embarked the SS Toloa in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in England and the draft proceeded to Seaford where the men were absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Sep 4, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 9,1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Hales joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France as part of a draft of 69 reinforcements destined to join the 2nd Division at the front


Sep 12, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp Russell Hales joined the 21st Battalion in Divisional Reserve west of the town of Cagnicourt, France as part of a draft of 24 reinforcements


Oct 11, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the town of Avesnes le Sec, France, Private Hales received a shrapnel wound to his forehead and was given first aid at the Regimental Aid Post.  From here he was transported to the nearby field ambulance for emergency treatment.  This was followed by him being transported to a casualty clearing station


Oct 13, 1918

Transferred to the No. 26 General Hospital


Oct 14, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Cambridge War Hospital in Aldershot

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposed while in hospital


Nov 29, 1918

Transferred to the Bearwood Park Convalescent Hospital in Wokingham


Dec 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

Attached to MD3 in Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending his return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton, England



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company in Kingston


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3.  Address on leave Lakefield, Ontario


Feb 13, 1919

Medical exam at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston notes

Ø  A portion of the frontal bone of his forehead has been removed

Ø  X-Ray report shows a number of small metal fragments remain in his forehead

Ø  Patient complains of headaches, especially when exerting himself


Feb 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario as medically unfit.

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Apsley, Ontario


Dec 12, 1928

Married to Adelaide Gertrude Tanner in the Anglican Rectory, Apsley, Ontario


Jan 25, 1931

His father, William Hales, passed away in Peterborough, Ontario

In the 1930s Russell Hales became involved in local politics and rose to the position of Reeve of Chandos Township in Peterborough County.  In 1935 he was elevated to the position of Warden of the County.  He is the first veteran of the Great War to hold this position.


Sep 13, 1940

Russell Leigh Hales passed away in Apsley, Ontario and was buried in the Union Cemetery there



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