John Melton Kay


Mar 11, 1893

Born at Handforth Cheshire England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     Number 59531 (temporary number 314)

Ø     Next of kin given as Sarah Kay (mother) of 9 Alberts Grove, Reddish Lane, Gorton Manchester, Lancashire England

Ø     Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø     No previous military experience given

Ø     Religion given as Church of England

Ø     Assigned to “C” Company


Feb 5, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with Bronchitis


Feb 9, 1915

Discharged from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 5, 1915

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment No 2 for disobeying an order in the field


Aug 11, 1916

Admitted No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with a shrapnel wound to right hand


Aug 13, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone


Aug 14, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Western Hospital at Manchester, ward B1, bed 2. 

An X-Ray shows a piece of shrapnel lodged in ball of the thumb of right hand


Aug 17, 1916

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel piece


Sep 9, 1916

Transferred to Woodcote Park Hospital at Epsom


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bushy Park


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 9, 1916

Discharged from hospital and sent to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) as fit for duty


Oct 13, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 4, 1917

SOS on transfer to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Mar 6, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion on arrival at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France


Mar 31, 1917

Left CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 16, 1917

Left to join unit


Apr 17, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


May 23, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Returned to battalion from 4th CIB


Aug 17, 1917

Proceeded on course (not specified which course or location)


Sep 20, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 1, 1917

At duty from leave


Dec 30, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 14, 1918

At duty from leave


Oct 11, 1918

Admitted to #9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with wounds to chest and left arm 

Transferred same day to #33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 14, 1918

Transferred to AT 16 (Ambulance Transport)


Oct 15, 1918

Admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers


Oct 20, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) 

Admitted to the War Hospital at Chester


Oct 24, 1918

Transferred to Middlewich Hospital


Dec 17, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 27, 1919

Discharged from hospital with no disability and fit for duty


Jan 28, 1919

Placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) at Seaford


Feb 15, 1919

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion on reporting from 3rd CCD


Mar 18, 1919

TOS MD #3 (Military District) at Kimnel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Mar 25, 1919

SOS on proceeding to Canada 

Embarked the HMT Scotian at Liverpool


TOS No 3 DD (District Depot) Kingston Ontario


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston


Apr 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø     War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 246005

Ø     Proposed residence on discharge – Camden East Ontario


Apr 20, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Camden East Ontario


Aug 5, 1927

Note on Medals card reads “B & V ret’d by Col Comm’ding RCA – Medals forfeited Auth 649-K-1609” 

I could find no further information on this.  I would assume something occurred post war to warrant this. 

There is also a report in the book The War Work of Lennox and Addington that he was awarded a Military Medal in 1919.  There is no evidence of this award, either in the file or in the London Gazette.


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