John Alexander Locey

Nov 17, 1886

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Levi and Lydia Locey


Dec 15, 1916

Attested into the 253rd Battalion CEF in Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Number 1090054

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. Levi Locey, father, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 months on Canal Patrol

Ø  Religion given as Anglican


Apr 24, 1917

Transferred to the MD #3 Special Service Battalion, #3 Special Service Company in Kingston with rank shown as Private


May 24, 1917

Transferred to the 252nd Battalion with the rank of Corporal


May 29, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the 252nd Battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training

Reduced to rank of Private as “surplus to establishment”


Jul 3, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 26, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 11 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 30, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Nov 20, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Locey joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Camblain L’Abbe as part of a draft of 95 reinforcements to replace the losses suffered earlier in the month at Passchendaele


Jan 15, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Jan 18, 1918

Transferred to the No. 12 CFA


Jan 19, 1918

Transferred to the No. 4 CFA


Jan 25, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Jan 27, 1918

Transferred via the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 56 General Hospital in Etaples


May 19, 1918

Through the night of May 19-20, the Germans carried out a bombing raid on the Hospitals in Etaples.  Several hospitals were badly damaged, including the No. 56 General Hospital where several patients were wounded, including Private Locey, who received wounds to his right thigh and buttock.

This is how the raid on 19 May was described in the war diary of the Etaples Base Commandant (National Archives reference WO95/4027): " 19/5/18. Area attacked by Enemy Aircraft. Casualties 1 Officer, 1 Nursing Sister, 167 OR killed; 27 Officers, 11 Nursing Sisters, 584 OR wounded; 18 OR missing. 1 Enemy Aircraft brought down. Crew of 3 captured. 1 Officer, 4 OR died in hospital".


May 25, 1918

Transferred to the No. 72 General Hospital, Trouville, France, for treatment of the wounds received during the bombing raid


Jun 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 15 Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Jul 1, 1918

Discharged from hospital and TOS the base Depot in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jul 14, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Locey joined the reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 7, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in preparation for the advance on Marcelcave the following day


Aug 28, 1918

Private John Alexander Locey was killed in action during the 21st Battalion’s advance on the Sensee River south of Vis-en-Artois, France.  He was buried shortly after in the Quebec Cemetery, Cherisy, France


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Levi Locey, Box 1232 Cornwall, Ontario

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. L. Locey, at the same address

Private John Alexander Locey is honoured on the War Memorial in Cornwall, Ontario

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