Claude Menpes MC




Dec 15, 1890

Born at London England


Apr 9, 1915

File shows him on the payroll of the 35th Battalion, with no rank shown.  The last pay shown for him with this battalion is July 1915


Jul 31, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 83rd Battalion CEF 

Ø      Former Regiment shown as the 10th Regiment, Royal Grenadiers


Aug 9, 1915

Attested into the 83rd Battalion at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      Number 978

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Winifred Menpes (wife) of 38 E 22nd Street, Bayonne New Jersey, USA

o       Later changed to Iris Court, Pangbourne, Berkshire England

o       Later changed to 59 Wardwick, Derbyshire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Private Secretary”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 5 months with 35th Battalion CEF

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


Aug 16, 1915

Commissioned with rank of Lieutenant


Sep 25, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican at Montreal



Sep 27, 1915

Transferred to the Service Company


Oct 6, 1915

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


Oct 9, 1915

TOS the 39th Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Jan 22, 1916

Granted certificate and qualified as “Military Secretary”


Jun 6, 1916

Proceeded to France on “Conducting Duty”


Jun 14, 1916

Returned to England


Aug 12, 1916

Qualified 1st Class Instructor Musketry and Lewis Machine Gun


Jan 2, 1917

Attended Canadian Corps School of Musketry at Hythe until January 6, 1917


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


May 22, 1917

Sent as part of a draft to the 21st Battalion


May 26, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Jun 8, 1917

Left to join unit


Jun 10, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 1, 1917

Proceeded on course


Sep 19, 1917

Rejoined battalion from course


Oct 25, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 7, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Dec 9, 1917

Proceeded on course


Dec 16, 1917

Rejoined battalion from course


Dec 25, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Mar 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 20, 1918

Rejoined battalion from leave


Jul 22, 1918

Attended 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade HQ for duty


Sep 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave in England


Sep 11, 1918

Seconded for duty to 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade HQ as Orderly Officer


Sep 16, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #30901



Sep 24, 1918

Granted extension of leave until September 27, 1918


Sep 29, 1918

Rejoined 21st Battalion battalion from leave


Nov 9, 1918

Reported wounded, but remained at duty


Jan 25, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 10, 1919

Rejoined battalion from leave


Apr 12, 1919

Proceeded to England


May 1, 1919

Wife’s address as of this date is shown as Marlborough Hotel, 214 Jarvis St., Toronto Ontario


Jun 24, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnedosa for Canada


SOS OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) on embarkation


Jun 26, 1919

TOS MD #5 (Military District No 5)


Jul 2, 1919

Disembarked in Canada


Jul 4, 1919

SOS the CEF on demobilization 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Canadian Northern Railway Head Office, Toronto Ontario


Jun 23, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to Lakeshore Avenue, Centre Island, Toronto Ontario 


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