Joseph Toland Hawkey MM




Jan 1, 1878

Born at Kingston Township, Frontenac County, Ontario Canada


Mar 1, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59439 (temporary number 1254)

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert Hawkey (father) of Mount Chesney Ontario

o       Note that he was married at the time to Grace Hawkey of Elginburg Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

o       He was also the Reeve of Kingston Township

Ø      Previous military experience given as 7 years in the 47th Regiment and 3 years in the 5th Field Battery

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to the Headquarters Company

Ø      Medical notes that he has defective vision in left eye

o       He was actually blind in that eye, caused from the eye being punctured in 1900


Mar 31, 1915

Pay records indicate that he was in England with the Transport Section on the March 31st payday.  There is no record of the date he embarked but the Kingston newspapers reported their departure for England on April 1, 1915


Apr 14, 1915

In a letter home he remarks that the Transport Section arrived in England on this date


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 19, 1915

Admitted to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) Divisional Rest Station at Locre with Coryza (a sinus infection)


Nov 22, 1915

Discharged to duty


Jan 17, 1916

Proceeded on Transport Course


Feb 26, 1916

Admitted to the No 5 CFA Divisional Rest Station at Locre with Influenza


Feb 28, 1916

Transferred to the Divisional CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 7, 1916

Returned to duty from hospital


Apr 3, 1916

Granted leave until April 12, 1916


Apr 12, 1916

At duty from leave


Feb 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sergeant


Jul 12, 1918

Awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre as per the London Gazette No 30792



Sep 4, 1918

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 15, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Jan 25, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 2, 1919

Granted extension of leave until February 11, 1919 (leave had expired February 8)


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal as per London Gazette No 31173



Feb 14, 1919

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre



Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at Southampton England and TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing at Witley for processing for return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 23, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 26, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued No 277574

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Elginburg Ontario


Jun 1, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Court Place, Kingston Ontario


After being discharged he took a job with in the penitentiary system in the Kingston area

The above appeared in the Communiqué (the Battalion's post war newsletter) in August of 1932



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