Milton Edward Weese

May 1, 1885

Born in Madoc, Ontario to George and Jane (nee Conley) Weese


Sep 29, 1912

Married to Sadie West (nee Land) in Toronto, Ontario

It is interesting that Sadie was a widow and a note is attached to the marriage certificate stating:

“The reason for procuring the marriage to be solemnized in Toronto is not in order to evade due publicity or for any other improper purpose”.


Dec 23, 1915

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Number 636088

Ø  Next of kin given as Sadie Weese, wife, Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as working in the Talcum Mine in Madoc, Ontario

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the 49th Hastings Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Nov 21, 1916

Admitted to the Bramshott Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Dec 4, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 8, 1916

Transferred to the 154th Battalion in Witley to continue his training


Jan 28, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion in Witley


Dec 23, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 313 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Weese joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins, France as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements from the base depot and was posted to “A” Company


Apr 9, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Apr 18, 1918

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Aug 6, 1918

While the battalion was moving into position on the night of August 6-7, his company was moving past an ammunition dump when an enemy 5.9 inch artillery shell exploded all the ammunition in the dump, killing 19 men and wounding many others.  Private Milton Edward Weese was among those instantly killed.  He was buried in the Longueau Military Cemetery, south east of Amiens, France


 Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Sadie Weese, 60 Holland Park Ave., Toronto, Ontario




Oct 15, 1933

Sadie Weese died in Toronto, Ontario of Broncho Pneumonia and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery there.


Milton Edward Weese is honoured on the Madoc, Ontario War Memorial




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