Joseph Henry Palmer



Mar 20, 1890

Born at Maryport, Cumberland England


Feb 15, 1914

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Liverpool England



Feb 15, 1914

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Bowmanville Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59772 (temporary number 791)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Margaret Palmer (mother) of Maryport Cumberland England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Tanner

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Jan 1, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl without pay


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

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

To receive pay for rank of Lance Cpl


Jun 26, 1915

Forfeits 1 days pay for absence


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in appointment of rank of L/Cpl


Jul 9, 1915

Admitted to St Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Aug 18, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 27, 1915

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl FH Burns 59119 who had reverted to the ranks at his own request


Mar 27, 1916

Granted leave until April 4, 1916


May 7, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Pyrexia (fever) also recorded in the file as Gonorrhea


May 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from CFA


May 29, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt MacDonald 59617 who had been attached to the 2nd Division Provost Martial and carried as Supernumerary to Establishment


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to 2nd Australian General Hospital with a shrapnel wound to shoulder and sprained right ankle


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 1 Western General Hospital at Liverpool


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital (St Leonard’s) at Epsom


Dec 11, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for PT (Physical Training)


Mar 11, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to 3rd CCD


Apr 18, 1917

Will made out leaving his estate to his mother, Margaret Palmer of 22 Fleming St, Maryport, Cumberland England


Apr 19, 1917

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


May 30, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


May 31, 1917

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 22, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Aug 31, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and absorbed into Establishment to replace Sgt PF Pirie who had been invalided to England


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from attachment


Feb 8, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA then transferred same day to No 4 CFA diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever


Feb 10, 1918

Transferred to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Feb 14, 1918

Transferred via No 28 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 22 General Hospital at Camiers


Feb 19, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot


Feb 21, 1918

Transferred to No 14 Convalescent Depot at Trouville


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to No 2 CIBD and posted to “A” Company for rehabilitating soldiers


Apr 1, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Apr 9, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Posted to the EORD while in hospital 

Admitted to the 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge with a sprained knee from an accidental fall


Aug 27, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Sep 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital and On Command to 3rd CCD at Seaford


Nov 8, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 31, 1919

Admitted to No 11 Canadian General Hospital at Moore Barracks, Shorncliffe diagnosed with Syphilis


Feb 2, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian General Hospital at Etchinghill  

TOS EORD while in hospital


Feb 8, 1919

Diagnosis changed to add Pneumonia 

Reported to be “Dangerously ill” and delirious


Feb 10, 1919          Died at 10:25 am of Pneumonia


Maryport Cemetery
Maryport, Cumbria , England


Apr 18, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to his mother, Mrs Margaret Palmer at 22 Fleming St, Maryport, Cumberland England


Jun 8, 1921

Plaque (Death Penny) and Scroll sent to his father Jonathan Palmer at 22 Fleming St, Maryport, Cumberland England


Apr 25, 1922

Memorial Cross (Silver Cross) sent to his mother at the address above


Joseph Henry Palmer is also commemorated on the Wall of Honour in the Maryport Memorial Garden, Cumbria, England
Headstone and Wall of Honour photos courtesy of Roger and Elizabeth Nash

Below is the Bowmanville, Ontario War Memorial courtesy of Tim Laye

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