George Roland McCaffery, MM



Dec 24, 1877

Born at Utterson Ontario


Aug 18, 1916

Attested into the 207th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 246660

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Jenny Ramesbottom (sister) of Bing Inlet, Georgian Bay Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

The initial training was done at the Rockcliffe Camp near Ottawa Ontario. 


Jan 18, 1917

The Battalion left Ottawa by train for Amherst Nova Scotia for additional training, arriving 2 days later.


May 28, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Even though the Battalion embarked on this date, the ship did not sail until June 2nd.


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Seaford


Jun 10, 1917

The Battalion was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford.


Sep 13, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

Left 2 CIBD for the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Sep 27, 1917

Arrived at the CC Rein C at Villers au Bois


Oct 8, 1917

Left the CC Rein C to join unit


Oct 9, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front line trench in the Chaudier Section.  Pte McCaffery was assigned to “B” Company


Jun 20, 1918

He was wounded slightly on this date but remained at duty 

The Battalion had carried out a raid near the junction of the Arras-Bapaume Road.  During this raid they suffered the death of 1 Other Rank from machine gun fire and 4 Other Ranks were wounded


Aug 18, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Oct 27, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 15, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Nov 21, 1918

The Battalion’s War Diary recorded that Pte McCaffery was to be awarded the Military Medal


Dec 13, 1918

The Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge on entering Germany as part of the occupying force and proceeded to Seigburg


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp 

TOS “P” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


May 15, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279812

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Sudbury Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

The Military Medal announced in the London Gazette #31430



Nov 5, 1919

The 1914-15 Star was sent to him at Sudbury Ontario


Jun 29, 1922

His British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at the General Post Office, Sudbury Ontario


Mar 23, 1953

Died at the Ontario Hospital in New Toronto Ontario of Bronchopneumonia


Unfortunately the named individuals are not pointed out

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