James Allen McCully



Jan 27, 1898

Born at West Magdala, Elgin County, Ontario


Jun 11, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at London Ontario 

Ø      Number 675971

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert A McCully (father) of 106 Metcalfe Street, St Thomas Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Time Keeper

Ø      Previous military experience given as St Thomas Collegiate Institute Cadets

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Jun 25, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at midnight


Jun 26, 1916

Reported for duty from AWL. 

Penalty is not recorded


Nov 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 19, 1917

Formed part of a draft being sent to the 21st Battalion


Mar 20, 1917

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and is TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 22, 1917

Left CBD to join unit


Apr 4, 1917

Attached to 2nd Division Headquarters for duty 

It appears that he was diverted while enroute to join the 21st Battalion and never actually made it to the Battalion


Jun 30, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 21st Battalion on transfer to 1st Division Employment Company


Jul 1, 1917

TOS 1st Div Employment Coy and remains attached to 2nd Div HQ


Aug 14, 1917

SOS 1st Div and TOS 2nd Division Headquarters and employed as a Batman


Dec 24, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to UK


Jan 8, 1918

At duty from leave


Jun 11, 1918

Awarded Good Conduct Badge


Aug 11, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to UK


Aug 26, 1918

At duty from leave


Dec 18, 1918

Graded for pay as a Clerk Class 1 on being appointed Clerk in the GS (General Service) Branch at Le Havre France


Mar 18, 1919

To be Acting Cpl whilst employed as Clerk


Mar 31, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the General Depot at Witley


Apr 18, 1919

TOS permanent cadre at 2nd Div Pool Witley


May 22, 1919

To be Acting Sgt


Jun 18, 1919

Attached to “N” Wing at Witley pending return to Canada


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool


TOS District Depot #4 at Montreal


Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 294203

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 88 St George Street, St Thomas Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge A/Sgt

Ø      Provided with transportation to London Ontario


Jul 11, 1919

Mentioned In Despatches per London Gazette #31448



Oct 13, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 88 St George Street, St Thomas Ontario


Above is from the January 1936 edition of the Communiqué


Above is from the the 1934 summer edition of the Communiqué showing the St Thomas Ontario Club of the 21st Battalion.  James McCully is far left in the centre row.


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