John Jesse Mills

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jul 21, 1898

Born in Chatham, Ontario to John and Susan Melinda (nee Rogers) Mills.


Sep 18, 1915

Attested into the 70th Battalion in Chatham, Ontario

Ø      Number 123514

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. J. Mills, mother, 47 Pine St., Chatham, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø      Previous military experience given as the 24th Kent Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

On attestation he lied about his age, stating he was born in 1897, not the actual year of 1898 as he was under the required age to volunteer.


Feb 5, 1916

Private Mills was AWL (Absent Without Leave) until February 7, 1916.


Apr 15, 1916

Private Mills was AWL until April 17, 1916.


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe.


Jul 19, 1916

The 70th Battalion was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.


Sep 10, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Sep 11, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Oct 8, 1916

Classified “PB” (Permanent Base) and attached to the Canadian Corps Headquarters for duty.  He was in turn attached to the Canadian Corps Composite Company.

There is no entry in the file to indicate that he physically joined the 21st Battalion in the field.  The file shows that he left the CBD to join the Composite Company.


Nov 13, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with an Error of Refraction, meaning that his eyesight was defective in that light was not processed properly causing poor depth perception.

Although officially on the strength of the 21st Battalion, his hospital admission shows that he was a member of the Canadian Corps Employment Company.


Nov 16, 1916

Discharged to duty with the Composite Company from No. 6 CFA.


Mar 3, 1917

Admitted to the CRS (Corps Rest Station)


Mar 15, 1917

Discharged to duty with the Composite Company from hospital.


Jul 5, 1917

Transferred to the CDEC (Canadian Divisional Employment Company) and SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Sep 18, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge.


Sep 19, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) diagnosed with Pemphigna.  This is an infection of the skin causing blisters and open sores and can be fatal.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 26 General Hospital, Etaples.


Oct 4, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot.


Oct 5, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Depot in Trouville.


Oct 6, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot, Trouville.


Nov 9, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent hospital and proceeded to the base depot.


Nov 11, 1917

Arrived at the CGBD (Canadian Garrison Base Depot) in Etaples.


Nov 20, 1917

Left the CGBD to rejoin his unit.


Nov 22, 1917

Rejoined the No. 1 Convalescent Depot Headquarters for duty.


Sep 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave.


Feb 6, 1919

Transferred to the 4th Battalion


Feb 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Viper at Le Havre

Disembarked at Weymouth, England and proceeded to Bramshott.


Apr 29, 1919

Embarked the SS Baltic in Liverpool.


May 7, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario.


May 29, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      The War Service Badge Class “A” was issued but the number is not recorded in the file


Jun 1, 1921

Married to Winnifred Mabel Gardiner in Chatham, Ontario.


Sep 28, 1921

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 73 Park Ave., Chatham, Ontario.


Jan 2, 1967

Died in the Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario and buried in the Maple Leaf Cemetery, Chatham, Ontario.


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