William Jones

Apr 10, 1896

Born in London, England


Sep 6, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion CEF in St. Thomas, Ontario

Ø  Number 123400

Ø  No next of kin was given

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company


Nov 6, 1915

Transferred to the 91st Battalion in St. Thomas, Ontario


Jun 25, 1916

The battalion boarded a train in St. Thomas for Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Otterpool


Jul 15, 1916

Transferred to the 12th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Aug 20, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion


Aug 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 75th Battalion


Oct 7, 1916

While still at the Canadian Base Depot, Private Jones was transferred to the 21st Battalion without physically joining the 75th Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Jones joined the 21st Battalion resting in Fieffes, France


Jan 17, 1917

Transferred to the 14th Machine Gun Company training at the Machine Gun School in Floringhem, France


Aug 19, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 30, 1917

Rejoined the machine gun company from leave in Sains eh Gohelle, France


Mar 19, 1918

The 14th Company was absorbed into the 2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps


Apr 6, 1918

On this date, the 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Battalion was reorganized and the 14th Company was absorbed into the No. 1 Company.  While this was taking place in the background, the battalion was involved in harassing fire on the enemy near Basseux, France.  During this engagement, Private Jones sprained his left ankle and was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Apr 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 8 General Hospital and after being assessed, was transferred to the No. 2 Convalescent Depot to recover


Apr 15, 1918

Transferred to the No. 11 Convalescent Depot


Jun 4, 1918

After being declared fit for duty (Class A), he was discharged from the convalescent depot and reported to the Base Depot in Etaples, France


Jun 6, 1918

Reported to the Machine Gun Corps Base Depot


Jun 21, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Oct 7, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Jones rejoined the 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Battalion near Marquion, France


Dec 13, 1918

The 2nd Canadian Machine Gun Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 2nd Division as part of the Occupying Force in Germany and proceeded to billets in Troisdorf, north of Bonn


Apr 3, 1919

Admitted to the No 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Apr 6, 1919

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Apr 8, 1919

The battalion boarded a train to proceed to Havre, France


Apr 10, 1919

The battalion arrived in Havre in preparation to move to England


Apr 12, 1919

Embarked the St. George in Havre



Apr 13, 1919

Disembarked in Southampton and proceeded to Witley where he was attached to “H” Wing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnekahda in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


May 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 193663

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office, Dutton, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o the Queen’s Hotel, Dutton, Ontario


Jan 4, 1940

William Jones attested into the Veterans Home Guard of Canada and served as a Sergeant Instructor in Chatham, Ontario until his discharge in September, 1945


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