Roy Wagar

Sep 25, 1887

Born in Wagarville, Hinchinbrooke Township, Ontario to Leonard Wesley and Emma J. Wagar


Jul 8, 1905

Shown on 47th Frontenac Regiment payroll as a Private in No. 5 Company


Jan 8, 1908

Married to Mina Amelia Smith in Odessa, Ontario


Feb 5, 1916

Attested into the 146th Battalion CEF in Cole Lake, Ontario

Ø  Number 835590

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Mina A. Wagar, wife, Parham, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 47th Frontenac Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Feb 18, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Jun 10, 1916

Promoted to the provisional rank of Corporal


Jul 3, 1916

The battalion proceeded to Valcartier, Quebec to continue training


Sep 1, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Provisional Sergeant


Sep 22, 1916

The battalion proceeded by train to Halifax, Nova Scotia


Sep 25, 1916

Embarked the SS Southland


Shown on the battalion’s embarkation roll with the rank of Corporal


Oct 6, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Lower Dibgate Camp, Shorncliffe and many of the men were transferred to other training battalions

Roy Wagar was transferred to the 95th Battalion and appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 5th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling


Aug 3, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and reduced to the rank of Private as the battalion had a full compliment of NCOs and assigned to “C” Company


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 14 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 17, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Wagar joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Nov 21, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay to replace A/Cpl Stanley 195204 who had been promoted

He was later promoted to the rank of Corporal, but back dated to this date to replace A/Cpl Stanley 195204 who had been promoted again


Dec 2, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, he joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Suburban Camp, near Villers au Bois, France


Apr 1, 1918

The battalion was occupying the front-line trenches near Neuville Vitasse, France when they came under an artillery barrage near midnight.  Corporal Wagar was wounded during this barrage and evacuated to the nearby No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.


Apr 2, 1918

Corporal Roy Wagar died of his wounds at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance and was buried in a field north-north-west of Neuville Vitasse.  The exact location of his burial was not recorded and when the war ended, his remains could not be located.  His name is now recorded on the walls of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those killed during the war in France and have no known grave.


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Roy Wagar, Parham, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Emma Wagar, Wagarville, Ontario


Roy Wagar is honoured on the Memorial Wall in Kingston, Ontario

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