Thomas Arthur Northey

With thanks to Jim Busby for supplying the service file


Dec 28, 1895

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


Jun 4, 1915

Attested into the 54th Battalion CEF in Vernon, British Columbia at the 102nd Rocky Mountain Rangers Regimental recruiting office

 Ø  Number 442164

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

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bank Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft

 On attesting he gave his birth date as December 27, 1896, not that shown on his birth registration, December 28, 1895

 Thomas Arthur Northey had 2 brothers who served with the 21st Battalion, Alexander Northey 59752, and James Henry Northey 59753.  All 3 served as Scouts in the battalion

 Shown below with his brother James on the left

Jul 21, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec



Aug 3, 1915

Disembarked in Glasgow, Scotland.  On arrival he was posted to the 30th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe to continue his training


Sep 8, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the West Sandling Camp near Hythe and was assigned to “C” Company as a Scout


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 24, 1916

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) Headquarters to be employed as a Scout


Jan 5, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 7, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Feb 12, 1917

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre


Jun 4, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital

 Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Venereal Disease.  This appears to be a complication from the original infection


Jul 5, 1917

Discharged to duty at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples from hospital and forfeited 60¢ per day (139 total days) while in hospital as punishment for contracting Venereal Disease


Jul 27, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin


Aug 20, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Fosse 10, near Villers au Bois, France


Nov 11, 1917

During a gas attack on the Passchendaele front, Arthur Northey was overcome by Mustard Gas and was given first aid by the Medical Officer


Nov 12, 1917

Evacuated to the No. 13 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for treatment.  He was transferred the same day, first to the No. 11 CFA, then to the No. 6 CFA


Nov 13, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then later in the day he was transferred via the No. 16 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 57 General Hospital in Boulogne for treatment


Nov 24, 1917

Arthur Northey was invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Colchester Military Hospital in Essex County for treatment of his gas exposure

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


Feb 7, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Parke, Epsom


Mar 4, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to continue his recovery


Sep 12, 1918

On being discharged from the convalescent depot, he was posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Feb 22, 1919

Posted to No. 2 Wing in Kinmel Park, Rhyl, Wales for preparation for his return to Canada


Mar 15, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Mar 25, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Mar 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

 Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 133849

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 Fenelon Falls, Ontario


Apr 20, 1920

Married to Margarete “Rita” Baile in Camrose, Alberta


Jun 1, 1921

The 1921 Census shows him living in Camrose, Alberta with his wife, Margarete, and his occupation is listed as Property Clerk


Dec 17, 1944

Arthur’s son, Robert Arthur Northey, was killed in action in Italy while serving with the 48th Highlanders of Canada.  On enlisting for WW2, he gave his home address as 2775 Clinton St., Burnaby, British Columbia.  His next of kin was listed as Thomas Arthur Northey, father, and his occupation was listed as Warehouseman


Jun 1, 1962

The 1962 voter’s list shows Arthur living at 2118½ 41st Avenue West, Vancouver South, British Columbia with his wife Margarete


Aug 5, 1963

Died in Vancouver’s Shaughnessy Hospital of Carcinoma of the left Kidney (Cancer).  His remains were cremated and buried in the Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver, British Columbia

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

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