James "Smokey Jim" Hussey

Apr 21, 1889

Born in London, England to George Thomas and Annie (nee Diett) Hussey


May 2, 1907

Embarked the SS Kensington in Liverpool with his parents and siblings



May 13, 1907

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec


Jan 17, 1914

Married to Elizabeth “Lizzie” Fanny Harwood in Port Hope, Ontario.  His occupation is listed as Shipper


Dec 28, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59196

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Hussey, wife, Port Hope, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 5th Royal Highlanders

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the Depot Company

o   Employed as a drummer in the Bugle Band then later as a drummer in the Pipe Band

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Aug 13, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) or more commonly called Trench Fever


Aug 16, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Rest Station at the No. 5 CFA


Aug 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Dec 28, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 18, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 12, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 24, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 13, 1918

Medical Board classified him B2, meaning that he was fit for base duty only


Mar 14, 1918

Posted to the 2nd Canadian Division Employment Company to be employed as a Bandsman and SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 25, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Mar 26, 1918

Transferred to the No. 2 CFA


Mar 27, 1918

Transferred to the No. 23, CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred via No. 42 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to the No. 7 Stationary Hospital in Havre


Apr 3, 1918

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


Apr 5, 1918

Transferred to the No. 10 Convalescent Depot in Ecault


Apr 14, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA Rest Camp


Apr 16, 1918

Transferred to the CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot)


Jun 7, 1918

Transferred to the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) for duty


Aug 29, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the Canadian Labour Pool for duty


Sep 2, 1918

Medical classification changed to read TB (Temporary Base) meaning he was temporarily unfit for front line duty


Sep 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Albuminuria.  (an indication of kidney disease).  After evaluation he was transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot


Sep 15, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital in Chatham

Posted to the General Depot in Shorncliffe for pay purposes while in hospital


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to the Malloy House VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Hospital to continue his recovery


Oct 23, 1918

Transferred to the Wood Cote Park Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Jan 10, 1919

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until January 22, 1919.  On completion of his leave he was ordered to report to the General Depot in Witley


Feb 15, 1919

Transferred to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley pending return to Canada


Feb 25, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Feb 27, 1919

Admitted to the ship’s infirmary with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Mar 3, 1919

Released from the infirmary


Mar 5, 1919

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


Mar 22, 1919

Admitted to the Ongwanada Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Apr 21, 1919

Transferred to the Queen’s University Military Hospital in Kingston and in addition to the Scabies is noted as being Anemic


May 24, 1919

Medical Board notes:

Ø  Patient complains of weakness

Ø  He is unable to do heavy work

Ø  X-Ray shows lesion in his heart

Ø  Board recommends discharge as Medically Unfit for further service


May 28, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277746

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number 55715

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 11 Charles St., Kingston


Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 11 Lower Charles St., Kingston


From the summer 1936 edition of the Communiqué


Jul 8, 1957

James Hussey died of a heart attack in Ottawa, Ontario and was buried in the Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa


His death was attributed to his wartime service and the Memorial Cross was issued to his widow, Mrs. Elizabeth Hussey, 6 Galt St., Ottawa, Ontario.  There was no Memorial Cross issued to his mother as she had predeceased him


From the summer 1957 edition of the Communiqué

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