Alexander Thomas King

Aug 23, 1890

Born in West Ham, England with parents listed as Mr. and Mrs. Joseph King


Aug 10, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 144553

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Robert Danignan, sister, 541 Albert St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mail Courier

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to the 1st Regimental Draft


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec as part of the 77th Battalion’s 1st Draft


Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion for training


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private King joined the 21st Battalion in the front line N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium and was assigned to “C” Company


Sep 9, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads infected left leg.  Later that same day he was transferred to the No. 4 CFA


Sep 13, 1916

Transferred to the No. 9 CFA then later the same day he was transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Sep 15, 1916

Transferred via the No. 15 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 25 General Hospital in Hardelot and the diagnosis was changed to read ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of the left leg


Sep 30, 1916

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to continue his recovery


Oct 31, 1916

Discharged to the No. 3 Rest Camp in Boulogne


Nov 3, 1916

After leaving the rest camp he joined the base depot in Havre


Nov 18, 1916

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Dec 12, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line near Bully Grenay


Aug 7, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 18, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 9, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace 640011 Cpl Holbrook MM, who had wounded and invalided to England


Mar 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 18, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 20, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt 504657 Harlow who had been promoted


Oct 11, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on Avesnes-le-Sec, Lance Sergeant King was first reported to have been wounded, then later in the day was found to have been killed in that action.  He was buried in the Niagara Military Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his friend, Mr. E.J. Hughes in Carp, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. R. Danignan, 150 Arthur St., Ottawa, Ontario 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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