Ephraim Herman Minaker, MM



Apr 22, 1896

Born to William K. and Elizabeth (nee Casey) Minaker at Minden Ontario


Feb 21, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion at Minden Ontario 

Ø      Number 726140

Ø      Next of kin given as William Minaker (father) of Ingoldsby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Borden Camp


Aug 16, 1916

The Battalion moved to the Bramshott Camp


Oct 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France along with 916 other reinforcements from England. 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 20, 1916

Left the CBD to join the Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at Bully Grenay carrying out training doing Gas Drill, Bayonet Fighting etc.


Sep 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 2, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Oct 3, 1917

Admitted to No 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Oct 10, 1917

Transferred to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 11, 1917

Transferred via No 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No 51 General Hospital at Etaples


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #60364


The citation reads



Dec 12, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty 

Forfeits his Field Allowance and placed under stoppage of pay at the 50¢ per day from October 12, 1917 to December 12, 1917 (62 days) as punishment for having been diagnosed with VDG


Dec 13, 1917

TOS No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Dec 21, 1917

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Feb 19, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA diagnosis reading PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever with no known cause 

Transferred the same day to No 4 CFA.


Feb 23, 1918

Transferred to No 1 CCS and the diagnosis changed to read Pleurisy


Feb 25, 1918

Transferred via No 14 AT (Ambulance Train) to No 1 Canadian General Hospital and diagnosis changed to read Acute Pleurisy


Mar 26, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Mar 27, 1918

Admitted to the Princess Christian Military Hospital at Englefield Green


Apr 2, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 10, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Sep 19, 1918

Ceased to be On Command and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

TOS MD #3 at Kingston Ontario and posted to the Casualty Company


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

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

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Minden Ontario


Nov 25, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at Minden Ontario


Mar 23, 1927

Married to Katharine Elizabeth Burton Neath at the home of her parents at Minden Ontario


Dec 16, 1942

Died at Minden Ontario 

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