James "Jock" Milby

Aug 10, 1885

Born in Ayr, Scotland to Samuel and Isabella (nee Shaw) Milby


Apr 2, 1910

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Glasgow



Apr 11, 1910

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 30, 1911

Married to Lillian “Lilly” Watson in Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59659 (temporary number 449)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lillian Milby, wife, Clarady Post Office, McGill St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Telegraphist

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3rd Dragoons in Peterborough, 4 years in the Cameron Highlanders, and 4 years in the 6th Mounted Rifles with service in South Africa

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Dec 1, 1914

Appointed as the provisional Corporal in the Signals Section




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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal with effect December 1, 1914


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 20, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 6, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 Northumberland Field Ambulance with an accidental abrasion to his Left Knee and discharged the same day after being treated


Jun 20, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Nov 7, 1916

While putting up telephone wire in an area west of Lens, France, Sergeant Milby fell on his back and was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance


Nov 9, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a bruised spine and 2 broken ribs that were a result of an accidental fall


Nov 14, 1916

Transferred via the No. 26 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers, France and the diagnosis was changed to read Subluxation of the Chondral Margin and crushed ribs


Nov 24, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 3rd Australian General Hospital in Brighton

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


Jan 8, 1917

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regiment Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital

He remained in hospital and employed as an assistant Gym Instructor in a light duty capacity


Apr 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical conditioning at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jun 14, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 7, 1917

Transferred to the CETD (Canadian Engineering Training Depot) in Crowborough


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the CSS (Canadian School of Signals) in Seaford


Jul 8, 1918

Admitted to the Canadian Hospital in Etchinghill, Lyminge with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)

Transferred to the Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 21, 1918

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Canadian School of Signals in Seaford


Dec 16, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 CERB Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion) in Seaford


Feb 8, 1919

Transferred to the Military District No. 3 Wing in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 20, 1919

Embarked the SS Lapland in Liverpool



Mar 1, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and Taken On Strength the No. 3 District Depot


Mar 5, 1919

Granted leave until March 18, 1919


Mar 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90936

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Braidwood Ave., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o the Clarady Post Office, Peterborough, Ontario


Apr 9, 1940

James Milby died in his home at 212 Park St. S., Peterborough, Ontario of Cancer of the Larynx and was buried in the Little Lake Cemetery, Peterborough



James Milby is remembered on the Peterborough, Ontario Memorial Wall



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