William George Langfield "Joe" Hart

Jun 21, 1891

Born in Wiltshire, England to William and Florence (nee Langfield) Hart


Jul 12, 1913

Embarked the SS Teutonic in Liverpool



Jul 19, 1913

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and stated he was seeking employment as a Locomotive Fireman


Oct 31, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry in Belleville, Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59430 (temporary number 873)

Ø  Next of kin given as William Hart, father, 282 Cricklade Road, Swindon, Wiltshire, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Railroad Fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as Wiltshire Regiment in England

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   Later transferred to the Machine Gun Section

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


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


Sep 6, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 27, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 14, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters to be employed as a Runner


Aug 29, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep14, 1917

Rejoined the 4th Brigade from leave


Sep 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 19, 1918

Rejoined the 4th Brigade from leave

Following December 13, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in Seigburg, Germany


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 28, 1919

Forfeited 4 days pay for being absent


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279826

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Belleville, Ontario Post Office

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 159 Church St., Belleville, Ontario


Mar 28, 1932

Married to Jean Margaret Conley in Toronto, Ontario

Joe Hart retired from the Canadian National Railway in the Spring of 1956


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