Alfred Taylor



Dec 5, 1896

Born at Manchester England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59953 (temporary number 810)

Ø      Next of kin given as NW Hamilton of Millbrook Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

He lied about his age, stating that his birth year was 1895 as he was too young to enlist. 

Pte Taylor was later assigned to the Transport Section


Apr 1, 1915

Embarked a troopship at St John New Brunswick with the Transport Section’s horses and wagons, along with the other Transport Sections of the 4th Brigade.  They disembarked in England and proceeded to the Bramshott Camp.


Apr 24, 1915

The Transport Section proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe to act as the advance party and prepare accommodations for the main body of the Battalion on their arrival in England. 


May 15, 1915

The remainder of the Battalion disembarked at Devonport and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Mar 27, 1916

Admitted to the No 26 General Hospital at Etaples with a skin infection.  This was later changed to read Shingles, then changed to read Herpes.  In a later document, it is recorded as Scabies


Apr 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital to Base Details at Etaples


Apr 9, 1916

Detailed to the No 3 Base Depot


Apr 18, 1916

Proceeded to rejoin the 21st Battalion


Apr 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near the Voormezeele Village


Apr 23, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Acute Appendicitis


Apr 25, 1916

Transferred to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne


May 12, 1916

Transferred to No 1 Convalescent Camp at Boulogne


May 25, 1916

Discharged to Base Details at Boulogne


Jun 2, 1916

Classified “TB” (Temporary Base) and transferred to No 3 Base Depot for light duties


Jun 17, 1916

Granted 7 days leave


Jul 20, 1916

Medical Board declared him to classified “PB” (Permanent Base) which means that he is not fit for combat, but for work at Base Camps only


Jul 24, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Corps Headquarters for duty


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 27, 1916

The Medical Board reclassified him as “Fit for Duty”


Feb 4, 1917

Admitted to No 12 CFA diagnosed with Mumps and transferred to No 7 General Hospital at St Omer the same day


Mar 17, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Canadian Corps


Apr 22, 1917

Discharged to duty


May 13, 1917

Returned to duty with the 21st Battalion but the same day was admitted to No 4 CFA with shrapnel wounds to his lower leg.  He was discharged the same day


May 25, 1917

Admitted to No 5 CFA with complications from the wound received on May 13.


Jun 11, 1917

At duty from hospital


Oct 13, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Oct 25, 1917

At duty from leave


Nov 6, 1917

Attached to the Mobile Veterinary Section for duty


Nov 18, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Veterinary Section


Jul 29, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA with a sprained left ankle


Jul 30, 1918

Transferred to No 14 CFA


Jul 31, 1918

Transferred to No 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 1, 1918

Admitted to No 12 Stationary Hospital at St Pol with the diagnosis reading Erysipelas which is a severe skin infection.  Because of the swelling it was first thought to be a sprained ankle


Aug 12, 1918

Transferred via No 35 “AT” (Ambulance Train)


Aug 13, 1918

Admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne and the diagnosis is changed again to read Sprained Ankle


Aug 14, 1918

Invalided to England sick aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital in England


Aug 15, 1918

Admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital at Manchester 

On admission he gave his next of kin as being Pte Harold Taylor (brother) of 123 Mill St, Ancoats, Manchester England


Oct 13, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 8.00 pm


Oct 14, 1918

Reported to hospital at 6.30 pm from being AWL


Oct 15, 1918

Fined 7 days pay and allowances for being AWL and in addition ordered to forfeit 1 day’s pay and allowances under a Royal Warrant for his absence


Oct 19, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bexhill


Oct 28, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford. 

Placed On Command to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Witley


Nov 6, 1918

Ceases to be On Command to 1st CCD


Jan 21, 1919

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Feb 3, 1919

Granted sick leave until February 15, at which time he was to report to 3rd CCD at Seaford


Feb 15, 1919

Reported to the 3rd CCD at Seaford


Feb 20, 1919

Ceased to be On Command and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 5, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing No 3 at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the HMT Royal George at Liverpool


May 14, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279447

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Millbrook Ontario

o       This was later changed to read 765 Cambie St, Vancouver British Columbia


May 9, 1921

Change of address recorded to now read Rocanville Saskatchewan


Aug 10, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at Rocanville Saskatchewan 

Although there is no mention in the file, he would have been entitled to the 1914-15 Star


Aug 27, 1921

The British War Medal was returned as it was engraved with the wrong service number.  It read 57953 instead of 59953


Jan 24, 1922

British War Medal resent to him at Rocanville Saskatchewan with the proper number engraved


May 28, 1941

Enlisted in the Canadian Army at Winnipeg Manitoba

Ø      Number H 54399

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Carrie Viola Taylor, wife, of McAuley Manitoba

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 21st Battalion 1914 to 1919

Ø      Religion given as United Church

Ø      Assigned to MD (Military District) 10, “A” Company VGC (Veterans Guard of Canada) at Winnipeg


May 29, 1941

Posted for duty to Camp “W” (a Prisoner of War Camp) at Neys Ontario  

This Camp was later renamed Camp 100


Jul 16, 1941

Admitted to Camp “W” Hospital sick


Jul 21, 1941

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 8, 1941

Posted to Port Arthur for duty


Sep 17, 1941

Proceeded to Angler Ontario assigned to Camp “X” for duty (a Prisoner of War Camp) 

This camp was later renamed Camp 101


Dec 8, 1941

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 22, 1942

Proceeded to Espanola Ontario and attached to Camp 21 for duty (a Prisoner of War Camp)


May 5, 1942

Proceeded to Ozada Alberta


May 8, 1942

Attached to Camp 133 at Ozada for duty (a Prisoner of War Camp)


May 27, 1942

Proceeded to Garrett Park at Port Arthur Ontario for duty


Jun 17, 1942

Proceeded to Angler Ontario for duty at Camp 101


Jun 29, 1942

Taken on Strength the Headquarters Company at Camp Ozada pending reposting


Jul 4, 1942

Attached to Camp 20 (a Prisoner of War Camp) at Gravenhurst Ontario for duty


Sep 16, 1942

Attached to #23 Company VGC but remained at Camp 20 for duty


Sep 21, 1942

Ceased to be attached to #23 Company and Camp 20


Sep 28, 1942

Attached to HQ at Camp 133, Ozada Alberta pending reposting


Dec 3, 1942

Attached to the #13 Company, RCOC (Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps) at the Ozada Camp for duty


Dec 12, 1942

Ceased to be attached to #13 Coy RCOC and placed on the ration strength of Camp 133


Jan 1, 1943

Pay increased by $1.50 per day 

Qualified and permitted to wear the “Mars Badge” to indicate a trained soldier


Jan 3, 1943

Granted leave until January 17, 1943


Jan 20, 1943

Attached to No 3 Works Company, RCE (Royal Canadian Engineers) at Ozada


Feb 15, 1943

Ceased to be attached to the No 3 Works Coy and returned to Camp 133 for duty 

Passed required test and qualified as DR I/C 111 (a vehicle driver)


May 21, 1943

Granted leave until May 24, 1943


May 28, 1943

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 22, 1943

Granted Christmas leave until December 26, 1943 

Authorized to wear the CVSM (Canadian Volunteer Service Medal) ribbon


Mar 31, 1944

Granted leave until April 3, 1944


Jun 12, 1944

Proceeded to Calgary on duty for 1 day and returned to Ozada


Jul 10, 1944

Proceeded to Calgary on duty for 2 days


Jul 11, 1944

Returned to Ozada


Jul 17, 1944

Granted leave until July 30, 1944


Sep 7, 1944

Proceeded to Calgary on duty for 1 day


Sep 13, 1944

Proceeded to Calgary on duty for 1 day


Oct 23, 1944

On Escort duty taking POWs to the Seebe Alberta Camp


Oct 24, 1944

Returned to Ozada from Escort Duty


Nov 13, 1944

Qualified as Driver Mechanic and granted trades pay as such


Dec 16, 1944

Proceeded to Calgary for 1 day duty


Dec 28, 1944

Granted Christmas leave until December 28, 1944


Feb 5, 1945

Admitted to Camp 133 Military Hospital at Ozada sick (diagnosis not recorded)


Feb 13, 1945

Discharged from hospital


Apr 6, 1945

Granted leave until April 9, 1945


Jul 1, 1945

Granted Privileged Leave until July 20, 1945.  This leave allowed him to go home rather than the confines of the immediate camp area


Aug 22, 1945

Proceeded to the Currie Barracks Workshop in Calgary for 2 days


Aug 23, 1945

Returned to Ozada from Calgary


Sep 12, 1945

Proceeded to Calgary pending discharge


Sep 21, 1945

Proceeded to Winnipeg Manitoba for discharge


Sep 28, 1945

Discharged from the Canadian Army VGC at Winnipeg Manitoba on Demobilization having served in Canada only


Sep 18, 1960

Alfred Taylor died in Brandon, Manitoba and was buried in the Webster Union Cemetery in Rocanville, Saskatchewan

The obituary above appeared in the Brandon Sun, September 27, 1960



The above appeared in the Brandon Sun, January 22, 1960

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