Gordon James Ward, DCM





Mar 15, 1894

Born at Bass River New Brunswick


May 18, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion at Sussex New Brunswick 

Ø      Number A44621 (later changed to 444621)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Ward (father) of Bass River New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company


Oct 16, 1915

Awarded punishment of 48 hours detention – offence not recorded


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican at Montreal



Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England


Mar 3, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 for Breaking Quarantine and arrest, also fined $15.40


Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Embarked for France 

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Sep 21, 1916

Admitted to 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a gun shot wound to the lower buttock. 

Discharged to duty the same day


Oct 5, 1916

Admitted to #10 CFA with a sprained ankle, then transferred to #29 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  On same date, was then transferred via #14 AT (Ambulance Transport) to the DRS (Divisional Rest Station) at Warloy


Oct 8, 1916

Transferred to No 16 General Hospital at Le Treport


Oct 13, 1916

Transferred to No 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport


Oct 24, 1916

Discharged to Base Details


Oct 25, 1916

Arrived at CBD and posted to “A” Section.  (section for those recuperating from wounds)


Oct 27, 1916

Left to join unit


Oct 31, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jan 16, 1917

SOS to the 14th CMGC (Canadian Machine Gun Company)


Jan 17, 1917

TOS the 14th CMGC


Mar 12, 1917

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette #29981


May 5, 1917

Admitted to No 1 CFA with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is more commonly called Trench Fever


May 6, 1917

Transferred to the CCS


May 8, 1917

Admitted to No 2 Australian Hospital at Wimereux


May 10, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) at Crowborough and admitted to the No 1 Western General Hospital at Liverpool


Jun 6, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Buxton, Derbyshire


Jul 12, 1917

Discharged from hospital to the No 3 CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) at Seaford


Jul 22, 1917

Absent without leave from 12.00 noon


Jul 23, 1917

Returns from being AWOL at 5.30 pm 

Awarded 2 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeits 2 days pay


Jul 31, 1917

Placed on restricted pay for 2 months for being absent 2 days


Aug 9, 1917

Posted to the CMGD at Seaford


Jun 8, 1918

Granted permission to marry 

Wife’s name noted as Mrs Jessie Ward of 12 Coventry Street, Brighton, Sussex, England


Nov 15, 1918

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Eastbourne, Sussex with Influenza


Dec 3,1918

Discharged from hospital


Jan 4, 1919

SOS to CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot)


Feb 5, 1919

Posted to 1st Canadian Machine Gun Brigade


Mar 4, 1919

SOS OMFC and embarked the SS Grampian for Canada on Sailing Number D4


Note that his wife accompanied him onboard the ship


Mar 14, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Mar 15, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at St John New Brunswick, on Demobilization 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 232530

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Bass River New Brunswick

Ø      Occupation group listed as Farmer


Aug 4, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Bass River, Kent County, New Brunswick


Apr 27, 1940

Enlisted in the Canadian Army at Woodstock New Brunswick 

Ø      Number G-18251

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Jessie Ward

Ø      Birth date given as March 15, 1896

o       His actual birth date is March 15, 1894

Ø      Previous service noted as Canadian Light Infantry from 1937 to 1940, in addition to his WW1 service 

Note that he served in Canada only during WW2


Aug 6, 1946

Discharged from the Canadian Army by reason of Demobilization


Oct 17, 1957



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