John Langley

Jun 2, 1894

Born in Old Ford, London, England to James and Rose (nee Semaine) Langley


Oct 23, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 45th Victoria Regiment in Lindsay, Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59603 (temporary number 650)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Foster, aunt, 634 Union St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Brush Maker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Jun 27, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 30, 1915

Reported for duty and sentenced to 10 days detention and forfeited 4 days pay for his absence


Jul 25, 1915

Reported to be Absent Without Leave


Jul 28, 1915

Reported for duty and sentenced to 14 days CB (Confined to Barracks), forfeited 4 days pay and restricted to half pay for 1 month for his absence


Aug 30, 1915

Medical Board at West Sandling notes that he suffers from flat feet.  He was given arch support but this makes his pain worse.  Board recommends he be discharged as Medically Unfit


Sep 4, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company


Sep 17, 1915

Struck Off Strength of the 21st Battalion as medically unfit

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Sep 26, 1915

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Sep 30, 1915

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  No residence was given on discharge

Following his discharge, he remained on the payroll of the Quebec Discharge Depot until December 28, 1915


Dec 29, 1915

Granted an annual pension of $75 per annum.  His disability is noted as Flat Feet, caused by long marches during training in England


Jan 4, 1917

Pension Board Hearing in London, England grants him an additional pension of $21 per annum, bringing his total pension to $96 per year


Aug 3, 1918

Attested into the RCD (Royal Canadian Dragoons) in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 550917

Ø  Next of kin given as Rose Langley, mother, Rosemond Villa, Chingford, London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Brush Maker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Squadron, Stanley Barracks, Toronto, Ontario

It is of interest to note that the medical portion of this attestation was dated the same day, but in New York City, USA.  He was noted as being Fit

Shortly after attesting, Private Langley was posted to Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 1, 1918

Admitted to Quebec City Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Oct 12, 1918

Transferred to the Savard Park Convalescent Hospital, Grosse Isle, near Quebec City


Oct 30, 1918

Transferred to the Levis Quebec Military Hospital


Nov 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Aug 8, 1919

Discharged from the Royal Canadian Dragoons in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Stanley Barracks, Toronto, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the British War Medal was sent to him c/o the Officer Commanding Royal Canadian Dragoons, Headquarters, Toronto, Ontario.  This was his only entitlement for his WW1 service


Aug 9, 1919

Attested into the Canadian Army Permanent Force, Royal Canadian Dragoons in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 238

Ø  Posted to St. Jean, Quebec


Jun 26, 1920

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool, England with his wife Daisy


John Langley had proceeded to England in early 1920 on leave from the army and married Daisy Maude Francis in London


Jul 5, 1920

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to the Royal Canadian Dragoon Barracks in St. Jean, Quebec

Record of discharge from the Permanent Force of Canada not found


Mar 30, 1968

John Langley died in Vancouver, British Columbia

He is remembered on the Wall of Honour in Peterborough, Ontario




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