Alexander Innes

Dec 21, 1892

Born in Invergordon, Ross Shire, Scotland to Alexander and Hellen Innes


Jan 17, 1918

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Vancouver, British Columbia


Mar 18, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, BCR (British Columbia Regiment) under the MSA

Ø  Number 2022021

Ø  Next of kin given as Alexander Innes Sr., father, Delny Station, Ross Shire, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Logger

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to the depot battalion’s 11th Draft


May 16, 1918

The 1st Depot Battalion, BCR, 11th Draft embarked the SS Ajana in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 27, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was placed in segregation to prevent the spread of Influenza. 


Jun 11, 1918

The draft was released from segregation and absorbed into the 1st Reserve Battalion in Seaford to continue training


Sep 13, 1918

Transferred to the 29th Battalion


Sep 14, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 609 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 29th Battalion


Sep 16, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion without ever having physically joined the 29th Battalion


Sep 20, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Innes joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details near the town of Drocourt, France as part of a draft of 80 reinforcements.  The main part of the battalion was deployed in front near the Canal du Nord.  The Rear Party rejoined the battalion when it came out of the line on September 25.


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 4th Brigade across the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany and proceeded to Seigburg as part of the Allied occupying force


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, Private Innes was attached to the “P” Wing in Witley for processing pending his 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 279785

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge, Powell River, British Columbia

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o A.A. Plummer, Lund, British Columbia

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