Ernest Albert Ison


Feb 22, 1898

Born in Leicester, Leicestershire, England to Harry E. and Florence Mary (nee Forryan) Ison

 

Apr 19, 1912

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Liverpool with his parents and siblings

 

  

Apr 27, 1912

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick

 

Jun 15, 1915

The battalion moved to Valcartier, Quebec

 

Jun 18, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion CEF in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø  Number 445008

Ø  Next of kin given as Harry Ison, Sackville, New Brunswick

Ø  Previous occupation given as Stove Fitter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

 
He proceed to Valcartier, Quebec and joined the battalion training there

Ernest lied about his age on attestation, stating that he was born in 1897

Ernest’s brother, Harry Edwin Ison, also attested into the 55th Battalion on this date and joined his brother in “C” Company.  Harry was eventually transferred to the 15th Battalion, serving with that battalion in France and Belgium and earned a Military Medal.  He survived the war and died in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1968

 

Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec

 

  

Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott camp

 

Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and embarked the SS Wetmore

 

Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

 

May 15, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Ison joined the 21st Battalion at the front in the T & R trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium and was assigned to “D” Company

 

Sep 15, 1916

During the battle of the Somme, the 21st Battalion was assigned the objective of capturing the strongly held sugar refinery south of Courcelette.  During severe fighting Ernest Ison received shrapnel wounds to his left temple and scalp (causing a compound fracture), left wrist, left abdomen and buttock.  He was evacuated to the No. 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 45 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment

 

Sep 17, 1916

Transferred to the St. Johns Ambulance Brigade Hospital in Etaples

 

Sep 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

 

 On arrival in England he was admitted to the National Hospital, Queens Sq., Bloomsbury, London

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Dec 1, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley

 

Dec 12, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Depot and admitted to St. Leornard’s Hospital for physical therapy

 

Jan 26, 1917

Sentenced to 3 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 1 days pay for being absent

 

Jan 31, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front

 

Mar 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the base depot in Havre, France where he was taken on strength the 21st Battalion

 

Apr 2, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion

 

Apr 4, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bois des Alleux, France

 

Jun 18, 1917

Attended the No. 58 Casualty Clearing Station for some dental work

 

Aug 18, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/C F.H. Williams 454612, who had been promoted

 

Nov 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/C F.H. Williams 454612, who had been invalided to England

 

Dec 22, 1917

Granted 14 days leave

 

Jan 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave

 

Jan 17, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl. Sweeney 445745, who had reverted to the rank of Private

 

Apr 27, 1918

Proceeded on Escort Duty

 

May 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from escort duty

 

May 27, 1918

Ernest Ison was slightly wounded during an enemy artillery barrage near Agny, France.  After receiving first aid from the battalion’s Medical Officer, he returned to duty in the front line

 

Sep 13, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt J Packer  59768 who had been invalided to England

 

Oct 10, 1918

During an advance on the Erclin River near Iwuy, Corporal Ison was wounded in his right leg by shrapnel and evacuated to the No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 33 Casualty Clearing Station.  He was transported via the No. 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Abbeville later that same day

 

Oct 16, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David

 

 
On arrival in England he was admitted to the Horton County of London War Hospital in Epsom

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital

 

Dec 5, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom

 

Mar 13, 1919

Granted permission to marry

A short time later his next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Agnes Eliza Ison, wife, 60 Fairview Cottage, Epsom Common, Surrey, England

 

Apr 7, 1919

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until April 17 with instructions to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion on completion of leave

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

 

Apr 22, 1919

Severely reprimanded for overstaying his leave from 1900 hrs April 17 to 1900 hrs April 21, 1919 and forfeited 4 days pay

 

May 6, 1919

Severely reprimanded for overstaying his leave from 2000 hrs May 5 to 0700 hrs May 6 and forfeited 1 days pay

 

May 13, 1919

Restricted to half pay for 3 months for an unspecified offence

 

Jun 12, 1919

Transferred to “H” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada

 

Jul 14, 1919

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

 

Aug 13, 1919

Embarked the SS Baltic in Liverpool with his wife

 

 

Aug 21, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia

 
Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

 Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 255868

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Sackville, New Brunswick

 
Following the war, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Weldon St., Sackville, New Brunswick

 

  

Feb 9, 1966

Ernest Ison died in Sackville, New Brunswick and was buried in the Sackville Rural Cemetery, now named York St. Cemetery

 


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