John Wellington Joinette

Aug 12, 1881

Born in Churubusco, New York, USA to Maurice and Athina Joinette


Feb 16, 1892

Shown on the 1892 USA Census as living in Clinton, New York with his parents and siblings


Nov 23, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59520 (temporary number 1098)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. A Labarge, Valley Field, Quebec

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cook

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Mar 18, 1915

Fined $6.00 for an unrecorded offence


Mar 19, 1915

Fined $2.00 and sentenced to 10 days detention for an unrecorded offence


May 1, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 6, 1915

The 21st Battalion sailed for England and Private Joinette was still absent


May 26, 1915

Court of Inquiry held and Private John Wellington Joinette was declared to be a Deserter as of May 5, 1915


Jun 26, 1916

Enrolled with the Massachusetts National Guard


Mar 25, 1917

Transferred to the 26th Division, 104th Infantry Supply Company as a Mechanic and served in WW1 with that unit


Jan 29, 1920

The 1920 USA Census shows him living at a lumber camp in Firdale, Washington, USA and employed as a Cook


Apr 2, 1934

Married to Florence Widup in King County, Washington, USA


Apr 22, 1940

The 1940 USA Census shows him living alone at 815 East 63rd Street, Tacoma, Washington, USA.  He listed his status as Married


Jun 27, 1947

John Wellington Joinette died of Cerebral Thrombosis brought on by Atherosclerosis while a patient of the Veterans Administration Hospital at Fort William Harrison, Helena, Montana.  His death certificate lists him as being married, but separated from his wife.

He was later buried in the New Tacoma Cemetery, Pierce County, Washington, USA



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