John Neven

Jan 1, 1890

Born in Newcastle-on-Tyne, England


Jun 30, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion CEF in Smiths Falls, Ontario

Ø  Number 144606

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Elizabeth Neven, mother, No. 6 Shaw St., Newcastle-on-Tyne, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the 1st Reinforcing Draft


Oct 23, 1915

The battalion’s 1st Reinforcing Draft embarked the SS California in Quebec, City, Quebec



Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Nov 15, 1915

Admitted to the Workhouse Hospital, Newcastle, with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Nov 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 31, 1916

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 14, 1916

Reported for duty from being absent and was sentenced to 15 days detention for his absence


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 21, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Neven joined the 21st Battalion at the front in the N&O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Jul 26, 1916

While the battalion was resting and carrying out training in the Micmac Camp near Voormezeele, Private John Neven was sent out on a work party and received a bullet wound to his abdomen.  He was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.  While at the clearing station, Private Neven died of his wounds and was buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery south of Poperinghe, Belgium


Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Neven, 31 Cramer Street, Gateshead-on-Tyne, England

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