John Edward "Ted" Heath

Apr 4, 1895

Born in Walthamstow, England to Thomas and Annie (nee Hart) Heath


Jun 20, 1912

Embarked the SS Ionian in London as part of the Master Sedgwick party of British Home Children



Jul 4, 1912

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59452 (temporary number 770)

Ø  Next of kin given as Thomas Heath, 32 Queen Elizabeth Road, Walthamstow, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Boot Maker and Boiler Maker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

On attesting he lied about his age, stating he had been born April 4, 1893, not his actual birth year of 1895

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 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Apr 10, 1916

During fighting at the St. Eloi Craters south of Ypres, Belgium, Private Heath was buried by the explosion of a nearby shell.  When he was dug out he was suffering from a concussion and an injured right knee.

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Synovitis of Right Knee.  Transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Apr 17, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Division Casualty Clearing Station at Mont des Cats, France


Apr 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15 Casualty Clearing Station


Apr 24, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 23, 1916

After developing Shell Shock symptoms, he was Classified “TB”, meaning he was only fit for temporary base duty and joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Aug 31, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in Seaford, England


Sep 4, 1916

Attached to the CTS (Canadian Training School) in Bexhill for duty


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) but remained attached to the Canadian Training School in Bexhill


Apr 10, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the school and attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot


Apr 17, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Training School in Bexhill


Apr 23, 1917

Attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot


May 18, 1917

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot


Jun 26, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jul 14, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 24, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Oct 31, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton


Nov 6, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



Nov 14, 1917

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


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the Fleming Convalescent Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario


Nov 27, 1917

Transferred to the St. Luke’s General Hospital in Ottawa, Ontario for treatment of his right knee


Dec 10, 1917

To be treated as an out-patient of the Fleming Convalescent Hospital in Ottawa


Jan 3, 1918

Admitted to the Fleming Convalescent Hospital in Ottawa


Apr 18, 1918

Posted to the Hospital Section of the Fleming Hospital


Apr 21, 1918

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital in Cobourg, Ontario with a diagnosis that reads Nervous Inability


Jun 1, 1918

Doctor’s notes at hospital

Ø  Patient complains of aches and pains in his body

Ø  Says he feels like he has committed a crime

Ø  Talks in an excitable manner and says the surroundings depress him

Ø  Patient is inclined to be hysterical and says the hospital is “a nut factory”

Ø  Does not sleep well and his memory is poor

Ø  Says he hears shells exploding and sees his comrades from the front

Ø  He works in the shoe repair shop in the vocational school and says the noise there gives him headaches

Ø  Thinks the hospital is a jail

The doctor also notes that the patient has refused Hydro Therapy and recommends he be discharged from hospital and the military


Jun 27, 1918

Granted sick leave from the hospital until July 10, 1918


Aug 17, 1918

Complains of sleeplessness and is depressed.  He will not discuss why he is depressed, but when asked why he refuses to take baths he claims to have fainted in a tub some time ago and is afraid of drowning.  He is still repairing shoes in the vocational school.  He now calls the hospital “a bug house” and the nursing sisters are his enemy.


Sep 6, 1918

Discharged from the Cobourg Hospital and transferred to the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Sep 9, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 115 Havelock Ave. E., Ottawa, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 115 Havelock Ave. E., Ottawa, Ontario


Jun 27, 1929

Married to Daisy Annie Elisa Lawes in Ottawa, Ontario

Occupation given as Canadian National Railway Clerk


Feb 19, 1958

Canada Voter List shows John Edward Heath living at 231 Wesley Ave., Ottawa, Ontario with his wife Daisy.  His occupation is listed as Checker


Aug 23, 1963

John Edward Heath died while a patient in the National Defence Medical Centre in Ottawa, Ontario and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa



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