John Packer DCM




Apr 12, 1895

Born at Sparsholt, Berkshire, England


Nov 14, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59768 (temporary number 938)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Packer (father) of Rockland Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “H” Company


Jan 7, 1915

Admitted to Military Hospital in Kingston with Influenza


Jan 10, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Aug 18, 1915

Admitted to Moore Barracks Convalescent Hospital with a Hernia


Aug 24, 1915

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Aug 25, 1915

Surgery performed to repair Hernia


Aug 31, 1915

Transferred to Dane John Hospital, Canterbury, as a stretcher case, stitches had not been removed from surgery


Sep 14, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital and embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


May 6, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Lambert who reverted to the rank of Pte


Oct 3, 1916

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl S Chiswell who was wounded and left the battalion


Dec 11, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 26, 1916

At duty from leave


May 12, 1917

Promoted to rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt Johnstone


Nov 30, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 18, 1917

Rejoined from leave


Mar 10, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 12, 1918

Granted permission to marry.  Next of kin changed to Mrs Florence Packer (wife) of 12 William Street, Nottinghill Gate, London


Mar 27, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Aug 26, 1918

Wounded in right chest by machine gun bullet and admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 42 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) where surgery performed


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to No 23 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Aug 28, 1918

Admitted to No 3 General Hospital


Sep 11, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Sep 13, 1918

Admitted to the 4th Canadian General Hospital at Basingstoke


Nov 12, 1918

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal as per the London Gazette #31011



Dec 6, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion


Dec 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Dec 30, 1918

Posted to the EORD and attached to 6th Reserve Battalion


Jan 14, 1919

Ceases to be attached to 6th Reserve Battalion on return to EORD and is detailed to the Depot Company


Mar 5, 1919

On Command to 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Seaford


Apr 9, 1919

SOS to the CEF in Canada 

Embarked the SS Minnedosa



Apr 17, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Apr 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 39 Laurier Ave., Ottawa Ontario

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, No 131381


May 29, 1919

Medical report at Ottawa Ontario notes the following: 

Ø      Address 245 Percy St Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Was discharged April 20, 1919

Ø      Was wounded by machine gun bullet in right breast during attack at Arras, August 26, 1918

Ø      Complains of piercing pain in chest on exertion and dull pain when at rest

Ø      Has difficulty raising right arm

Ø      Further treatment is unlikely to help

Ø      Condition is permanent


Sep 21, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Claude St., Arnprior Ontario


Dec 25, 1974


Death was reported by Mrs Ian Smith, 408 Pine Ave, St Lambert Quebec.  Neither place of death, nor location of burial was reported. 


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