Joseph Hughes

Feb 27, 1881

Born at Liverpool England


Jun 24, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario

Ø  Number 246542

Ø  Next of kin given as Margaret Donaldson Short Hughes (wife) of 206 Besserer St, Ottawa Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Teamster

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years with the 11th Argenteuil Rangers

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Training was carried out at the Rockcliffe Camp


Jan 18, 1917

The Battalion boarded a train to leave Ottawa


Jan 20, 1917

The Battalion arrived in Amherst Nova Scotia where further training was carried out


May 28, 1917

The Battalion left Amherst for the trip to Halifax


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford


Jun 10, 1917

The Battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Sep 12, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France as part of a draft of 42 Other Ranks destined for the front lines and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Left 2 CIBD for the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Villers Au Bois


Oct 8, 1917

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Oct 9, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

The Battalion was in the front line in the Chaudier Section, near Vimy Ridge


Feb 27, 1918

Admitted to the No 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that read PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which was a fever without a known cause


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to No 10 CFA, then later the same day was transferred to No 4 CFA


Mar 7, 1918

Transferred to No 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 9, 1918

Transferred via No 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the St John Ambulance Brigade Hospital at Etaples


Mar 22, 1918

Transferred to the No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Mar 26, 1918

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Apr 4, 1918

Discharged from hospital for duty with No 2 CIBD at Etaples


Apr 15, 1918

Left 2 CIBD for the CC Rein C


Apr 16, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD at Etaples


Apr 21, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field

The Battalion had just moved into the Support Trench at Neuville Vitasse


Jun 24, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Sep 12, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Wickens, 1093128, who had been invalided to England

Attached to the 2nd Divisional Train for duty


Oct 2, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from his temporary duty


Oct 29, 1918

Granted 14 days leave

Nov 15, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre France


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to Witley and TOS “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Southampton



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277457

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 476 Cumberland St, Ottawa Ontario


May 13, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 476 Cumberland St, Ottawa Ontario



Joseph Hughes also served in the Home Guard during WW2

A prized souvenir from the war is a bugle taken from a fallen
German soldier



Dec 23, 1955

Died at the St Vincent de Paul Hospital, Brockville Ontario


The Ottawa Citizen, January 3, 1956


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