John "Jack" Wall

Jan 3, 1875

Born in London, England


Mar 26, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion CEF in Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Number 454255

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Sarah Fifield, Rochester Buildings, London, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Metal Polisher

Ø  Previous military experience given as 10 years in the 57th Middlesex Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “B” Company


Aug 27, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the 59th Battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft


Sep 5, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training.  Private Wall was assigned to “C” Company


Sep 25, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay


Jan 4, 1916

Forfeited 16 days pay and sentenced to 16 days Field Punishment #2 for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Mar 26, 1916

Reported to be absent


Mar 27, 1916

Forfeited 1 days pay for his absence


Apr 24, 1916

Fined $2.00 for being drunk


May 25, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 26, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 65 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 1, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Wall joined the 21st Battalion resting in the “A” Camp (later renamed the Micmac Camp) near Dikkiebus, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

The 21st Battalion was assigned the objective of capturing the strongly defended German Headquarters in the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France.  The fighting was fierce and the battalion suffered heavy losses.  Private John Wall was first reported missing in that action, and then reported killed in action on that day.  His identifiable remains were not located and his name is listed on 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) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. Catherine Jay, 38 Junction Road, Lower Edmonton, London, N., England

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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