Lionel Mark Jonas, MM

21st Battalion snipers in Fall of 1916
In front with binoculars is Ted Lovell
Sitting L-R Scott Montgomery, James Northey, Peter Comego, John Barber, Cpl J Paudash
Back row L-R Arthur Northey, Wilbert Webster, Lionel Jonas



Apr 14, 1892

Born at London England


Aug 4, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at Niagara Camp, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario 

Ø      Number 142105

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. A Jonas (mother) of 87 High St., Kingsland, London England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Sign Writer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company as a Scout


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Jun 28, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 13, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field

The Battalion Headquarters was in the Micmac Camp

Although not noted in the file, he was employed as the spotter for sniper Cpl J Paudash

Sniper Position in Courcelette Village
December 1917

On the left is spotter Pte L Jonas and on the right is sniper Cpl J Paudash.  In the rear appears to be a happy German POW

This photo was staged for the press 




Aug 4, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) more commonly referred to as Trench Fever


Aug 9, 1916

Transferred to No 5 CFA then same day transferred to No 2 Divisional Rest Station


Aug 11, 1916

Transferred to Mont des Cats CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 24, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Aug 30, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Nov 1, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with Influenza


Nov 4, 1916

Discharged from hospital to duty


Jul 25, 1917

Attached to 2nd Canadian Division Training Battalion


Aug 17, 1917

Proceeded on course but is noted as returning the same day with no explanation


Aug 24, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days FP (Field Punishment) #1 for absenting himself from a fatigue party


Oct 24, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 13, 1917

Returned from leave


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to 182nd Company, Royal Engineers


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined battalion from 182nd Coy


Aug 26, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CFA with machine gun bullet wounds to left leg and knee. 

Transferred same day to No 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)  

Surgery performed to remove bullets and bone fragments


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to #83 General Hospital at Boulogne France


Aug 30, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Aug 31, 1918

Admitted to 2nd South General Hospital at Bristol


Sep 4, 1918

Further surgery performed to re-align bone in leg and knee 

21st Battalion War Diary announces the award of the Military Medal


Oct 26, 1918

Transferred to Military Hospital at Fargo SP


Nov 1, 1918

Further surgery performed to remove bone fragments


Jan 10, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Auxiliary Hospital at Epsom


Jan 21, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142


Awarded for action on August 8, 1918 at Marcelcave


Jan 22, 1919

Transferred to No 16, Canadian General Hospital at Orpington Kent


Feb 8, 1919

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 2100 hrs


Feb 10, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL 

Forfeits 2 days pay


Mar 24, 1919

Reported to be AWL at 2300 hrs


Mar 31, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL and severely admonished 

Forfeits 7 days pay


May 10, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian General Hospital at Kirkdale


May 21, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya and TOS MD (Military District) No 2



May 31, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine, USA and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Jun 1, 1919

Admitted to St Andrews Military Hospital at Toronto Ontario and posted to the Hospital Section


Jun 2, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until June 16, 1919


Jul 3, 1919

Reported to be AWL at 10:00 pm


Jul 9, 1919

Returned from being AWL at 10:00 pm.   

Punishment was dismissed for medical reasons


Aug 14, 1919

Surgery performed to relieve drainage from previous surgery sites


Feb 24, 1920

Medical Board at St Andrews Hospital recommends discharge from CEF as Medically Unfit, but to receive out patient treatment for 6 months 

Transferred to St Andrews Hospital Casualty Company with orders for Out Patient treatment


Mar 2, 1920

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 221389

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 403 Broadview Ave., Toronto Ontario


Dec 6, 1924

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent c/o L Martelle, Box 91, Covington Indiana, USA

It is worthy to note that another sniper/machine gunner from the 21st Battalion settled in Indianapolis Indiana, that being Lieut HW McBride.  One would assume that they met up on occasion.

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