Alfred Leonard Jeavons


May 25, 1879

Born in Staffordshire, England to James and Sarah Jeavons


Jan 17, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion CEF in Ingersoll, Ontario 

Ø      Number 675273

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Edith Ema Jeavons, wife, 2 Harris St., Ingersoll, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Baker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist 

The battalion initially trained in Camp Francis, near London, Ontario before moving to Camp Borden to continue training


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, to continue training


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling to continue training


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford for training


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Jeavons joined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Acheville, France


Jun 21, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Sun Stroke


Jul 2, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Aug 17, 1917

On August 15, 1917, the 21st Battalion, along with other units of the 2nd Division, captured Hill 70, near Lens, France.  The Germans mounted several counter attacks over the following days to regain the lost position, and on the 17th of August, Private Jeavons was killed during such an attack while working with the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and as such, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed in France with no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. E.E. Jeavons, Elgin Grimes Hill, Wythall, England. 

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. J. Jeavons, 56 Grantham Rd., Smethwick, England


Private Jeavons is honoured on both the Ingersoll, Ontario War Memorial (above)
and the Ingersoll Sons of England Memorial (below)

He is also commemorated on the Stratford, Ontario War Memorial below



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers killed during the war were projected onto the Belgian War Memorial in Ypres.  At the same time, the same names were being broadcast via the internet to schools across Belgium and Canada.  The image above shows the opening ceremonies at the Belgian War Memorial on November 4, 2010. 

Below on the left is the name of Alfred Jeavons being projected on that wall.  Below right shows the name being broadcast to the schools.  Each name appeared for 25 seconds and each night 9,700 names were shown.

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