Edward Samuel Hipson

Feb 2, 1887

Born in Kingston, Ontario to Joseph and Sarah Jane (nee Marshall) Hipson


Jun 1, 1909

Volunteered with the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Number 1285

Ø  Posted to “F” Company


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59468 (temporary number 1057)

Ø  Next of kin given as Joseph Hipson, 136 Division St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Fitter Machinist

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 months in the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Employed in the Quartermaster Stores

Edward Hipson gave his birth date as February 2, 1888, not his actual birth date of February 2, 1887

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Private Hipson is on extreme right



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


Jun 1, 1915

Pay restricted by ¢75 per week for 1 month for being drunk


Aug 25, 1915

Posted to “A” Company Quartermaster Stores


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 15, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 27, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force.  Private Hipson was just arriving back in France from his leave and there was likely some confusion as to where he should proceed so he remained at the Canadian Base Depot in Etaples awaiting orders


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Seigburg, Germany


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England Private Hipson was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277471

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 136 Division St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 136 Division St., Kingston, Ontario


Nov 21, 1923

Married to Katherine Lawless (nee Kenney) in Kingston, Ontario

Religion given as Roman Catholic


May 11, 1925

Edward and Katherine moved to Buffalo, New York, USA and in 1935 were noted as living at 225 Kellogg St., Syracuse, New York


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