Frank Alfred Jefferiss

Feb 13, 1895

Born in London, England


Oct 11, 1906

Embarked the SS Dominion in Liverpool, England under the care of the Barnardo Home for boys along with his brother, George


Oct 21, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to the Barnardo’s Boy’s Home in Toronto, Ontario 

Frank was later sent to the George Sanderson Family near Lindsay to work as a servant/farmhand, while his brother, George, was sent to the George Webster family in Little Britain, a short distance away, to also work as a farmhand


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59506 (temporary number 645)

Ø      Next of kin given as George Jefferiss, brother, c/o Gordon Webster, Little Britain, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “F” 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 6, 1915

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for being absent from camp for 2 days


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 17, 1915

While the battalion was in Brigade Reserve in the village of Ridgewood, Belgium, Private Jefferiss was killed while out on a work party that was given the task of upgrading a communication trench.  He was buried in the Ridgewood Cemetery

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother George, c/o the Merritton, Ontario Post Office 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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