Joseph Samuel Lewis

Oct 13, 1894

Born in Port Hope, Ontario to Thomas and Eliza Jane (nee Lamb) Lewis


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59587 (temporary number 779)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Eliza Lewis, mother, Port Hope, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as File Cutter and Plumber

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

o   He was later posted to “D” Company

On attesting he stated he was born October 14, 1893, not his actual birth date of October 13, 1894

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


Feb 12, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for an unrecorded offence


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 23, 1915

Sentenced to 120 hours Detention for being absent from 2 parades


Jul 9, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Chancre


Jul 16, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Jan 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza.  He was placed in the Division Rest Station at the field ambulance in Godewaersvelde, France


Jan 15, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jan 27, 1916

Eliza Lewis, mother, died in Port Hope, Ontario of Pneumonia and his next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Mary Tozer, sister, Port Hope, Ontario


Mar 4, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Influenza. 


Mar 6, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance Rest Station


Mar 11, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Lewis suffered from Shell Shock and was evacuated to the No. 9 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transferred to the No. 35 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 28, 1916

Transferred to the British Red Cross Hospital in Wimereux (also known as the Anglo-American Hospital) and the diagnosis was changed to read PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause.  This was often referred to as Trench Fever


Oct 11, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Bevan Military Hospital in Sandgate, Kent

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 27, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the CGDD (Canadian Garrison Duty Depot) for light duties


Jan 8, 1917

Attached to Holy Coaches in Roxborough for light duties


Mar 3, 1917

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Mar 7, 1917

Attached to the Ontario Hospital in Orpington for duty upon discharge


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to the Ontario Hospital for duty upon discharge from patient care


Apr 4, 1917

Surgery performed to remove his appendix


May 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital to light duty in the hospital


May 5, 1917

Sentenced to 4 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent for 4 days, May 2 – 4, 1917


May 13, 1917

Transferred to the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) and posted to the Ontario Hospital in Orpington


Jun 1, 1917

Admitted to the Ontario Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Abdominal Pain and vomiting.  He was diagnosed as having a stomach ulcer


Jun 7, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 3, 1917

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital in Orpington with a diagnosis that reads Debility.  He was suffering from a Migraine headache and vomiting


Jul 24, 1917

Medical Board recommends he be returned to Canada for discharge from service


Aug 1, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot while in hospital


Sep 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital and invalided to Canada for discharge and embarked the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle in Liverpool


Sep 29, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was admitted to the Kingston Convalescent Hospital


Oct 11, 1917

To treated as an out patient of the Queen’s Military Hospital


Dec 18, 1917

Transferred to the Kingston General Hospital


Dec 27, 1917

Transferred to the Queen’s Military Hospital


Mar 14, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient states he has had stomach trouble for the past 8 to 10 years but is worse now

Ø  Unable to eat heavy food without vomiting

Ø  Has pain in stomach 1 – 2 hours after eating

Ø  Man is rather thin, but not anaemic

Ø  There is abdominal tenderness

Ø  Board recommends man be discharged from service


Mar 31, 1918

Discharged from hospital and from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 75 York St., Kingston, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 75 York St., Kingston, Ontario


Sep 27, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital.  On admission he was noted as suffering from Myalgia in his back and legs and a stomach ulcer.  He was also noted as being very nervous


Sep 30, 1918

Discharged from hospital

Following his discharge from hospital he moved to Lakemore, Ohio, USA


Mar 31, 1919

Married to Ruth Winnifred May Burt in Summit County, Ohio, USA

When the United States brought in Conscription during WW2, Joseph Lewis registered for the draft.  He gave his birth location as Rochester, New York listed his employer as B.F. Goodrich Company in Akron, Ohio



Nov 12, 1970

Joseph Samuel Lewis died and was buried in the Oakwood Cemetery, Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio



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