Alfred George Loveridge

Jul 15, 1876

Born in Basingstoke, Hampshire, England to William and Alice (nee White) Loveridge


Jul 7, 1905

Shown on the payroll of the 45th Victoria Haliburton Regiment in Cobourg, Ontario with the rank of Colour Sergeant


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59604 (temporary number 608)

Ø  No next of kin given

o   Later given as John Robinson, friend, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Section Hand

o   Later noted as Section Foreman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 4 years in the 45th Victoria Haliburton Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

On attesting, he lied about his age, stating he had been born in 1878, not his actual birth year of 1876

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


Nov 17, 1914

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal


Jan 11, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Inflamed Tonsils


Jan 14, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Mar 15, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Apr 14, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days detention and forfeited 17 day’s 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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 13, 1916

While the battalion was resting in the “B” Camp at La Clytte, Belgium, Private Loveridge reported sick to the Medical Officer complaining of sleeplessness, headaches and nervousness.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance before being transferred to a casualty clearing station for treatment


Apr 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital suffering from Shell Shock.  Patient claims to have been buried by shell explosion during fighting at St. Eloi, Belgium and has not been well since


Apr 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Huddersfield War Hospital in Huddersfield

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


May 11, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushey Park

On admission he is noted as “suffering from great dread and nervous debility.  Appears to be thoroughly unstrung.”


Aug 29, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone


Sep 4, 1916

Admitted to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom for 6 weeks of physical training


Oct 17, 1916

Medical Board in Epsom notes

Ø  Man suffers from Shell Shock

Ø  Is in a very nervous condition and breaks down when questioned

Ø  Sleeps poorly, has headaches and poor hearing

Ø  Medical Officer considers him unfit for service on account of his age and condition


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 7, 1916

Discharged to light duty from hospital


Dec 28, 1916

Transferred to the 1st CLB (Canadian Labour Battalion) in Shoreham


Jan 8, 1917

Embarked in Folkestone and disembarked in Havre, France with the 1st Canadian Labour Battalion


Aug 4, 1917

Attached to the No. 12 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for temporary duty as a stretcher bearer


Oct 8, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the labour battalion


Jan 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to the UK


Feb 8, 1918

Rejoined the labour battalion from leave


Feb 13, 1918

Medical Board reclassified him B1, meaning he was not fit for combat duty, but fit for labour battalion in England or France


Mar 26, 1918

The 1st Canadian Labour Battalion was renamed the 1st Canadian Infantry Works Battalion


Apr 27, 1918

Transferred to the CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot)


Apr 28, 1918

Medical Board reclassified him as B2 meaning he was fit for light duties behind the lines because of his age and ongoing issues with Neurasthenia


Jul 27, 1918

Transferred to the 7th Canadian Area Employment Company


Aug 1, 1918

Admitted to the No. 74 Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection in fingers of right hand.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station


Aug 2, 1918

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 20 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Aug 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital and joined the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) in Etaples


Sep 4, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Alfred Loveridge rejoined the No. 7 Canadian Area Employment Company in Aubigny, France


Sep 26, 1918

Transferred to the 8th Canadian Area Employment Company in Estree Cauchy, France


Dec 17, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian General Depot in Etaples then proceeded to England and transferred to the 4th Reserve Battalion


Feb 15, 1919

Transferred to Military District No. 2 in Kinmen Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 25, 1919

Embarked the SS Megantic in Liverpool



Mar 5, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was posted to the Military District No. 2 Casualty Company at the Exhibition Park


Mar 8, 1919

Granted leave until March 22, 1919


Mar 20, 1919

Medical Board at the Exhibition Camp, Toronto notes

Ø  Man suffers from loss of function of his nervous system due to Neurasthenia

Ø  Complains of headaches and is easily excited by noises caused by machinery or band playing

Ø  Suffers from twitching muscles in legs, arms, face and lips

Ø  There is a well defined functional neurosis caused by active service

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from service as Medically Unfit


Mar 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 235135

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Lindsay, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Lindsay, Ontario


Dec 27, 1944

Alfred George Loveridge died while a patient of the Ross Memorial Hospital in Lindsay, Ontario of Hydrocephalus.  His permanent residence was given as House for the aged in Lindsay

He was buried 2 days later in the Riverside Cemetery in Lindsay


Return to Tribute list