Frederick George Jocham MM



Jun 9, 1896

Born at London England


Mar 15, 1915

Attested into the 34th Battalion at Guelph Ontario 

Ø     Number 402993 (initially issued as A2993)

Ø     Next of kin given as Mrs M Jocham (mother) of 49 Guinness Building, Brandon St., Walworth SE, London England

Ø     Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Church of England


Aug 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Hesperian at Montreal Quebec



Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked at Liverpool England and transferred to the 9th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe


Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 20, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion at the Canadian Base Depot in France


Feb 3, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The battalion was in the front line trenches on this date so he would have joined the rear detail until the battalion was relieved and moved into Brigade Reserve.


Oct 31, 1916

Proceeded on Lewis Gun Course at Le Touquet


Nov 9, 1916

At duty from course


Dec 9, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal as per London Gazette #29854


Although there is no citation in the files or in the London Gazette, given the timing of the award, I would suspect it was granted for action at the Somme the previous September.


Jan 16, 1917

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a contusion to the head caused by an accident. 

On this date the Battalion was training for the large Calonne Trench Raid that took place the next day.  I assume that this accident happened under those circumstances, although there is no mention of it, either in the file or the War Diary.


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred to the No 4 Stationary Hospital at Arques


Jan 26, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 7, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Mar 1, 1917

Killed in Action


Because his body was either never recovered, or never identified, he is commemorated on the Vimy Ridge Memorial 

The Battalion’s War Diary does not make note of any casualties for this date, the day prior, nor the day following, even though they were in the front lines at this time and do report enemy shelling.


Jan 20, 1922

Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal, and Memorial Cross were all sent to his mother at 52c Guinness Bldgs, Brandon St., Walworth SE 17, England.  These were sent at various times, this being the date of the last to be sent.


Photo reproduced with the permission of Stephen Nichol, author of "Ordinary Heroes".
There is no indication as to the circumstances for that presentation



For the 7 nights leading up to November 11, 2010, the names of all Canadian soldiers 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 Frederick Jocham 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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