Joseph Richard Hill, MM


Mar 31, 1895

Born at Lakefield Ontario  

I have a copy of his birth registration showing this as his birth date.  On Attestation, he gave his birth date as March 31, 1893


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59466 (temporary number 763)

Ø      Next of kin given as Wellington Hill (father) of Lakefield Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 24, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Myalgia in his back 

Transferred same day to No 5 CFA


May 28, 1916

Transferred to Divisional Rest Station at No 5 CFA and diagnosis changed to read Arthritis in Shoulder


Jun 4, 1916

Discharged to duty and returned to the 21st Battalion


Jul 21, 1916

Attached to Woodcutting Party for duty


Aug 28, 1916

Returned to 21st Battalion from Work Party


Sep 15, 1916

Received shrapnel wound to right side of back


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Canadian General Hospital at Le Treport


Sep 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Sep 27, 1916

Admitted to Lord Derby War Hospital at Warrington


Oct 21, 1916

Transferred to Woodcote Park Hospital at Epsom


Nov 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital and posted to CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for Physical Training and conditioning


Dec 9, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29854


This was awarded for his actions during the fighting at Courcelette while storming the Sugar Refinery

Citation reads

For marked gallantry and devotion to duty as a stretcher bearer.  he acted as a stretcher bearer throughout the engagement moving the wounded to places of safety during an intense enemy bombardment.

AFW 3121


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Mar 15, 1917

Discharged from St Leonard’s Hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 30, 1917

Forfeits 20 days pay and sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 6 days


Apr 21, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a bullet wound to left arm received in the fighting at Hill 70 

Transferred same day to No 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital


Aug 19, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


Posted to the EORD while in hospital


Aug 20, 1917

Admitted to 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester



Sep 27, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 21, 1918

On Command to the 3rd CCD and admitted to St Leonard’s Hospital for Physical Training


May 9, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford 

While here he attended the 69th Musketry Course at Mytchett and qualified as a Lewis Gun Instructor


Oct 17, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl


Dec 27, 1918

On Command to Kimmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

TOS the Casualty Company, Military District #3, Kingston


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 5, 1919

Medical Board at Barriefield Camp, Kingston, finds no disability and declares him Category  “A2”


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario


Apr 19, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Lakefield Ontario


Jun 18, 1955

Died at Lakefield Ontario and buried in Ray’s Cemetery, Lakefield


Above is from the January 1955 issue of The Communiqué, the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association.  The next issue, August 1955, carried the news of his death (below)

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