John Norris West, MM



May 15, 1896

Born at Madoc Ontario


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 60046 (temporary number 247)

Ø      Next of kin given as John R West (father) of Harold Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Cheese Maker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company 

On enlistment he lied about his age.  The 1911 Census shows his birth year as 1896 while he stated he was born in 1893


Jan 17, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Military Hospital diagnosed with Measles


Jan 29, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Jun 13, 1916

Noted in the “A” Company Nominal Roll as being in the Signals Section


Nov 13, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 28, 1916

Granted leave until January 7, 1917


Jan 8, 1917

At duty from leave


Mar 28, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl (without pay)


Jul 30, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 10, 1917

At duty from leave


Aug 19, 1917

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl Davern 59237, who had died of wounds


Dec 12, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sgt with pay to replace Sgt Manners 59632, who had been assigned to the Base Depot, sick


Feb 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 6, 1918

At duty from leave


Aug 31, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Manners 59632, who had been transferred to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jan 16, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to England


Jan 24, 1919          Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142


Below is from the Battalion’s War Diary, September 4, 1918, when the announcement was made of the award.



Feb 6, 1919

Rejoined Battalion from England


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp and was TOS the “P” Wing pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1919

Granted permission to wear the ribbon for the 1914-15 Star


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued #277379

Ø      Rank on discharge Sgt

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Stirling Ontario


Oct 3, 1919

1914-15 Star sent to him at Stirling Ontario


Oct 27, 1920

Married to Mary Adelia Lummiss at Frankford Ontario


May 10, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Sterling Ontario


Aug 27, 1943


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