Roy Tinkess

Apr 23, 1894

Born in Hubbard, Minnesota, USA to Levi Wesley and Isabelle Victoria (nee Brown) Tinkess


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59988 (temporary number 579)

Ø  Next of kin given as Levi W. Tinkess, father, Avonmore, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 59th Stormont and Glengarry Regiment, Canadian Militia, in Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Assigned to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   He was later assigned to the Machine Gun Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Jan 9, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Scarlet Fever


Feb 12, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 11, 1916

The 21st Battalion was deployed in the “P” Trench at the St. Eloi Craters near Zillebeke, Belgium when Private Roy Tinkess received a bullet wound to the abdomen.  He was evacuated to the No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment where he died of his wounds at 9:20 pm.  He was buried in the nearby Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, south of Poperinge, Belgium



Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, L. Wesley Tinkess, Earl Grey, Saskatchewan

The Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Isabella Tinkess, Avonmore, Ontario


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