Joseph Stanley Vollick

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 23, 1897

Born to Henry Harvey and Alice Augusta (nee Saunders) Vollick at Dunnville Ontario 

At some point Mr & Mrs George Emerson at Moulton Station Ontario adopted him.  His mother, Alice, remarried and became Mrs Alice Heyes and moved to Niagara Falls New York, USA


Oct 25, 1915

Attested into the 98th Battalion at Welland Ontario 

Ø      Number 210933

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr George Emerson, Moulton Station Ontario

o       There is a note in his file to also notify Mrs Alice Vollick, mother, at Box 165 Lockport New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 6 months in the 44th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Nov 30, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 4 days


Apr 5, 1916

Reported to be AWL


May 10, 1916

Because he was AWL for over 30 days, he was declared to be a Deserter and SOS (Struck Off Strength) of the Battalion


Jun 20, 1916

He was placed under arrest and sentenced to 28 days Detention and then TOS (Taken On Strength) the 98th Battalion roll for a second time


Jul 16, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia


Jul 25, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp for additional training


Oct 4, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Left the CBD to join his Battalion


Oct 16, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets at Divion.  The Battalion was still recovering from the heavy losses suffered at Courcelette and the Sugar Factory.


Oct 31, 1916

While the Battalion was being held in reserve, they were required to supply men for work parties.  On the night of October 31, and while on one of those working parties, he received a shrapnel wound.


Nov 1, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a slight shrapnel wound to his head


Nov 3, 1916

Discharged to duty from the CFA


Apr 9, 1917

During the advance on Vimy Ridge Pte Vollick was killed in action.  His body was never recovered, or if so, was never identified and he is commemorated on the Memorial at Vimy Ridge

Vimy Ridge Memorial
Vimy Ridge France 

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs Alice Heyes, (she had remarried) at 7110 Stephenson Ave, Niagara Falls New York, USA


Pte Vollick's sacrifice was noted in the Dunnville Chronicle and Gazette in May of 1917

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