Melville Northey

Mar 26, 1892

Born in Parry Sound, Ontario to Samuel and Martha Jane Read (nee Fortune) Northey


Mar 25, 1914

Married to Margaret Moyes in Kinmount, Ontario


Jan 3, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion CEF in Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø  Number 725567

Ø  Next of kin given as Margaret Northey, wife, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, near Longmoor, Hampshire


Aug 16, 1916

The battalion moved to Bramshott to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1916

After leaving the base depot Private Northey joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay


Nov 9, 1917

While on a work party near Passchendaele, Private Northey was killed when an enemy shell exploded in their midst.  He was later buried in the White House Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium


Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. M. Northey, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Martha Northey, at the same address


Melville Northey is also honoured on the war memorial in
Bobcaygeon, Ontario


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