John Heaton

Feb 12, 1894

Born in Lancashire, England to Richard and Clarissa Heaton


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario 

Ø      Number 413046

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. T. Miritt, sister, 2 Silver Lane, High Holborn, London, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company 

The battalion trained in the Belleville, Ontario area


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec


Jul 3, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe and then on to Lydd to continue training


Jul 15, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Sore Throat - Tonsillitis


Aug 3, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling to continue training


Oct 11, 1915

Private Heaton was sentenced by a District Court Martial in Shorncliffe to 112 days detention for 

Ø      Disobeying a lawful command given by his superior officer

Ø      Hitting a superior officer while in the operation of his office 

The explanation given was that he was part of a work party digging trenches near Hythe and after a lunch break in a pub where he had been drinking, he was asked to carry some sod out of the trench and he refused.  When ordered a second time, he struck the sergeant in the face with his closed fist.  He pled guilty to the charges.


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

After leaving the CBD, Private Heaton joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Aug 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to England


Aug 18, 1917

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) as he did not return from leave


Aug 22, 1917

Taken into custody and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford while under arrest


Aug 28, 1917

Left the 6th Reserve Battalion to join the 21st Battalion


Sep 2, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as a prisoner and admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jan 12, 1918

Discharged from hospital and rejoined the CIBD as a prisoner 

Placed under a stoppage of pay in the amount of 50¢ per day and loss of 10¢ per day Field Allowance for the 133 days he was in hospital as punishment for contracting Gonorrhea


Jan 18, 1918

He was taken under escort from the CIBD and rejoined the 21st Battalion in La Coulotte, France as a prisoner


Feb 4, 1918

The Commanding Officer sentenced him to14 days Field Punishment #1 for


Ø      Drunkenness in Victoria Station, London, England August 21, 1917

Ø      Overstaying his leave until apprehended August 21, 1917


He also forfeited 4 day’s pay


Mar 4, 1918

Private Heaton was killed during a large German raid on the front line trenches occupied by the 21st Battalion near the town of Lens.  He was buried in the Aix-Noulette Communal Cemetery, Aix-Noulette, France

Following the war no medals were issued as next of kin could not be located.  He was eligible for the British War Medal and the Victory Medal.


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