Russell Joseph Monds

Jan 27, 1890

Born in Arden, Ontario to Glen Leonard and Mahalia (nee Clapper) Monds


Oct 22, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Kingston, Ontario


Jan 9, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario under the MSA

Ø  Number 3055813

Ø  Next of kin given as David Monds, uncle, Arden, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to the 3rd Regimental Draft, 1st Depot Battalion, EOR

His brother, John George Monds, was killed in action the previous April while serving with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Vimy Ridge.  This may explain his reluctance to volunteer


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita



Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 262 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Monds joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St Vaast


Aug 28, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion rear details in the village of Achicourt.  He joined the main part of the battalion in Van Quentin when they came out of the front line a few days later.


Sep 24, 1918

While in the front line at Canal du Nord near the village of Marquion, Private Monds was instantly killed by the explosion of an artillery shell.  He was later buried in the Dominion British Cemetery



Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his cousin, Mrs. Grace Matson, Arden, Ontario.  The cousin’s name was also spelled as Madison and Mason in the file

Neither his mother nor father could be located


Both Russell and his brother John are honoured on the Memorial Wall in
Kingston, Ontario


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