David Burgess Ivison

Jul 31, 1872

Born in Carlisle, England to Thomas Burgess and Sarah (nee Reay) Ivison

David Ivison married Elizabeth Hannah Godfrey in Durham, England in 1902


Dec 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59495 (temporary number 1157)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Ivison, wife, 13 Dickenson St., Darlington, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Moulder

Ø  Previous military experience given as 5th Regiment, Durham Light Infantry for 6 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

o   Later posted to the Transport Section

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


Mar 31, 1915

The Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Jun 23, 1915

Transferred to the Headquarters Section and employed as a Batman to Major Maclean


Sep 9, 1915

No longer employed as Batman


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 28, 1915

Admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Umbilical Hernia


Oct 30, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Manor House Hospital in Folkestone where surgery was performed to repair the hernia

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 10, 1915

Transferred to the VAD (Volunteer Aid Detachment) Lidwills Convalescent Home in Goudhurst


Dec 20, 1915

Transferred to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital

After being assessed, he was discharged to his unit


Dec 22, 1915

Granted leave until January 29, 1916


Apr 8, 1916

Granted leave until April 23, 1916


May 3, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) but remained attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Jun 16, 1916

Sentenced to 10 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being drunk


Jul 4, 1916

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent from July 1 to July 2, 1916 and forfeited total of 6 days pay


Oct 10, 1916

Medical Board at West Sandling notes

Ø  Man suffers from Ventral Hernia

Ø  Surgery was performed in November 1915 to repair his hernia but it has redeveloped in the same area at the Navel

Ø  The original hernia developed in the trenches in Belgium

Ø  Man looks older than his age

Ø  Board recommends he be returned to Canada for surgery


Nov 8, 1916

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


Dec 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool


Jan 3, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Jan 8, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient suffers from a Ventral Hernia

Ø  Is unable to lift anything heavy and suffers pain when walking

Ø  Uses a wide belt to support the hernia

Ø  Condition requires surgery

Ø  Board recommends surgery then convalescent home for 1 month


Jan 13, 1917

Admitted to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home in Kingston, Ontario


Feb 19, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the Richardson Convalescent Home in Kingston


Mar 8, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient suffers from a Ventral and right Inguinal Hernia

Ø  Cannot lift any weight or walk without pain

Ø  Board recommends surgery but patient has declined

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from the military with a 3/5 disability due to his service


Mar 9, 1917

To be treated as an out patient at the Elmhurst Convalescent Home in Kingston


Apr 12, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Peterborough, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 488 George St., Peterborough, Ontario


May 9, 1936

David Burgess Ivison died of Pulmonary Edema while a patient of the Nicholls Hospital in Peterborough, Ontario and was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery there.


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