Colin James Hickey



Jul 28, 1896

Born at Horton Township, Ontario Canada


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59462 (temporary number 433)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Janet Hickey (mother) of Renfrew Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Student

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       Later reorganized into “B” Company


Mar 4, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with Influenza


Mar 6, 1915

Discharged to duty


Mar 31, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days detention, offence not recorded


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 1, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention for “Insolence to an NCO”


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 15, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days FP #2 (Field Punishment) for being absent from 1.45 pm parade 

It should be noted that the Battalion was parading to proceed into the front line trenches to relieve the 20th Battalion


Dec 3, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days FP #1 for “Hesitating to obey an order”


Apr 2, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl with pay


Jun 5, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 14, 1916

At duty from leave


Sep 15, 1916

Received multiple shrapnel wounds and admitted to Casualty Clearing Station


Sep 17, 1916

Transferred to No 3 General Hospital at Boulogne


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St David


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in Hospital


Sep 21, 1916

Admitted to General Hospital at Colchester 

Shrapnel wounds were noted to chin, neck, chest, back and both arms


Sep 26, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Oct 17, 1916

Transferred to Woodcote Park Hospital at Epsom


Nov 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 8, 1916

TOS Admin Staff at CCAC Shoreham and classed PBD (Permanent Base Duty)


Dec 4, 1916

TOS Casualty Company, CCAC at Hastings 

Attached to the CCAC Postal Department and entitled to draw pay for Clerk


Mar 17, 1917

TOS CCAC Admin Staff


May 3, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte as punishment for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from Muster Parade


May 12, 1917

Transferred to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and placed On Command to #1 CAPC (Canadian Army Postal Corps) at London as a Clerk


Jul 12, 1917



Aug 28, 1917

Admitted to Endell St Military Hospital, London, with complications from old wounds


Aug 29, 1917

X-Rays show several pieces of shrapnel just below the skin on right side of jaw.


Sep 3, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel from jaw and neck


Sep 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty


Nov 22, 1917

Reported to be AWL 

SOS (Struck Off Strength) CAPC on posting to General Depot


Nov 23, 1917

Reported for duty from AWL 

Forfeits 2 days pay and fined 14 days pay


Dec 19, 1917

TOS General Depot at Shorncliffe


Dec 28, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 1, 1918

Stated that he did not wish to make out a will


Feb 23, 1918

Admitted to Ravenscroft Military Hospital (No 14 Canadian General Hospital) at Seaford complaining of chest pains and coughing, diagnosed with Bronchitis


Mar 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital, still has slight cough


Apr 1, 1918

Admitted to Ravenscroft Military Hospital at Seaford suffering pain from previous shrapnel wounds


Apr 2, 1918

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel fragments from left shoulder


Apr 8, 1918

Discharged to full duty from hospital


Apr 11, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at #2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Apr 14, 1918

Left for CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Apr 16, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


May 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line trenches in the Mercatel Section


Jun 16, 1918         Killed in Action

Bellacourt Military Cemetery
Riviere France

 Below is from the Battalion’s War Diary



Apr 18, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Mother, Mrs Janet Hickey, at Renfrew Ontario


May 17, 1921

Medals were returned as undeliverable


Oct 18, 1921

Medals were re-sent to Mrs Hickey at General Delivery, Regina Saskatchewan 

There is no medal card to indicate where and when the 1914-15 Star, Plaque and Scroll, and Memorial Cross were delivered to.

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