Alexander Northey

With thanks to Jim Busby for supplying the service file


Mar 13, 1893

Born in Fenelon Falls, Ontario to Robert Washington and Mary (nee Connell) Northey


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59752 (temporary number 677)

Ø  Next of kin given as Washington Northey, Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Civil Engineer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company and employed as a Scout

o   “E” Company was later reorganized into “C” Company


On attesting he gave his birth date as March 13, 1892 instead of his actual birth year of 1893


The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Alexander Northey had 2 brothers who served with the 21st Battalion, Thomas Arthur Northey 442164 and James Henry Northey 59753.  All 3 served as Scouts in the battalion

 Shown below with his brother James who is seated

Jan 1, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay for an unspecified offence


Mar 15, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


May 1, 1915

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal. 


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


May 29, 1915

Admitted to the Sandling Hospital


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 7, 1915

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant with pay to replace L/Sgt T. Jackson 59500 who had been promoted


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 21, 1915

Proceeded on course at the Trench Warfare School


Nov 28, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from the course


Apr 23, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt L. Fraser 59340 who had been granted a commission


May 15, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


May 24, 1916

Granted a 1 day extension to his leave


Jul 2, 1916

While the battalion was in the Micmac Camp near Dikkiebus, Belgium, Sgt Northey was detailed to go out on a work party to carry ammunition etc to the front lines.  The work party came under an enemy artillery barrage and he received shrapnel wounds to his right hip and buttock.  After receiving first aid he was evacuated to hospital


Jul 3, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Jul 4, 1916

Sergeant Northey was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the #2 Eastern General Hospital in Brighton

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital

Following his recovery, he was invalided to Canada for discharge


Nov 2, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jan 19, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC in Hastings


Jan 24, 1917

Attached to the convalescent hospital in Epsom for light duties while he continued to recover from his wounds


Feb 23, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Hastings pending returning to Canada on leave.  There is a note that this leave was later cancelled, however he did sail to Canada.


Mar 5, 1917

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool



Mar 16, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Fenelon Falls, Ontario

His leave was to expire May, 14, 1917


Jun 30, 1917

Embarked for England aboard the SS Missanabie


Jul 13, 1917

Disembarked in England


Jul 29, 1917

Attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Oct 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Warrant Officer 2nd Class while employed as Acting RQMS (Regimental Quartermaster Sergeant)


Nov 21, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jun 27, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne, Sussex for surgery to remove additional shrapnel fragments from his hip. 


Jul 22, 1918

It was determined that the surgery was “not considered advisable” and he was discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 1, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Sergeant on being posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Oct 11, 1918

Attached to the 1st Canadian Discharge Depot in Buxton pending his return to Canada


Nov 19, 1918

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool


Dec 1, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario

On arrival in Kingston he was posted to the Military District #3 Casualty Company


Dec 3, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until December 16, 1918


Dec 27, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Fenelon Falls, Ontario


Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Colborne St., Fenelon Falls, Ontario


Oct 31, 1927

Married to Katherine Victoria McIntosh in Lindsay, Ontario

Katherine died in 1956

Following Katherine’s death, Alexander Northey married Cleo P. Littleton who died in 1973


Jul 1, 1935

Shown on the voter’s list as a Confectioner in Fenelon Falls, Ontario


Jul 1, 1965

Shown on the voter’s list as retired in Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Alexander Northey died in 1980 and is buried in the Fenelon Falls, Ontario Cemetery



The Fenelon Falls War Memorial honours all who served from the area.
The 3 Northey brothers are among those honoured

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