Joseph Nicholson

Aug 31, 1894

Born in Sebright, Ontario to James and Annie Melissa (nee Sandford) Nicholson


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59748 (temporary number 906)

Ø  Next of kin given as James Nicholson, father, Sebright, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Methodist Ministry

Ø  Previous military experience given as 15th Regiment, Argyll Light Infantry in Belleville, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “H” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   Employed as a Bomber

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


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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




May 1, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 10, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave in reserve at Scottish Wood


Nov 3, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Nov 7, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 18, 1917

Attached to the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) for duty


Aug 9, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the YMCA


Aug 27, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private


Sep 23, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 4, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 14, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Feb 23, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


May 24, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 30, 1918

Discharged to duty and rejoined the battalion at the front near Neuville Vitasse, France


Oct 25, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 12, 1918

Rejoined the battalion resting in Mesvin, south of Mons, Belgium


Dec 1, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 2nd Canadian Division across the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force, and proceeded to Seigburg



Mar 25, 1919

Reduced to rank of Corporal for “While on active service, without reasonable excuse, allowing prisoners committed to his charge, to escape, in that he, at Ham Sur Sambre, Belgium at about 2200 hrs, March 6, 1919, when in command of battalion quarter guard, allowing 2 prisoners to escape.”


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 12, 1919

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads Mumps

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


May 27, 1919

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


May 29, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Jul 3, 1919

Embarked the Empress of Britain in Liverpool



Jul 11, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 12, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 213514

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Sebright, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Sebright, Ontario

In 1959, a replacement set of medals was sent to him at Box 51, Wainwright, Alberta


Apr 15, 1920

Applied for a Veterans Land Grant in Alberta


Mar 29, 1921

Married to Myrtle Annie Falkingham in Toronto, Ontario


May 5, 1989

Joseph Nicholson died and was buried in the Wainwright Cemetery, Wainwright, Alberta


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