Benoni "Oni" Isaac

Apr 25, 1894

Born in Norham, Northumberland, Ontario to William and Mary Elizabeth “Libby” (nee Honey) Isaac


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59497 (temporary number 535)

Ø  Next of kin given as William Isaac, father, Norham, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Schoolmaster

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


May 12, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl Godfrey 59374 who had been promoted.


Aug 21, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Dark 59236 who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s attack on the German held sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Corporal Isaac was knocked unconscious by the nearby explosion of an enemy artillery shell.  He was first evacuated to the nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to a casualty clearing station for treatment.


Sep 28, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot and admitted to the No. 3 Large Rest Camp in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads Shell Shock.  Later DAH (Disordered Activity of Heart), Goiter and enlarged Thyroid were added to the diagnosis


Oct 2, 1916

Discharged to the base details in Boulogne


Oct 12, 1916

Medical Classification changed to “PB” (Permanent Base) meaning that he was permanently unfit for combat duty and posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in Shoreham, England


Nov 27, 1916

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings for duty


Feb 13, 1917

Attached to the CRO (Canadian Records Office) in London for duty


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) but remained attached to the records office in London


Jul 20, 1917

Posted to the Records Office in London


Jan 28, 1918

Posted to the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Feb 12, 1918

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 23, 1918

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool



Mar 17, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 6, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Norham, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at Norham


Oct 16, 1918

Married to Jean Elizabeth Carruthers in Harwood, Ontario


Jul 11, 1958

Benoni Isaac died in Warkworth, Ontario of a heart attack and was buried in the Warkworth Cemetery


Benoni Isaac’s service is honoured on the
Peterborough, Ontario Wall of Honour



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