Joseph William Whitney

Jul 12, 1888

Born in Uxbridge, Ontario to Robert and Martha Madeline (nee Stopps) Whitney


Nov 29, 1916

Married to Lillian May Levely in Kinmount, Ontario


Dec 1, 1916

Attested into the 252nd Battalion CEF in Fenelon Falls, Ontario

Ø  Number 1087051

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Lillian Whitney, wife, Burnt River, Ontario

o   There is a note to also notify Robert Whitney, father, RR #3 Orillia, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Barber

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

The battalion trained in the Lindsay area


Jun 2, 1917

The battalion embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool and proceeded to Seaford where the entire battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Jun 14, 1917

Joseph’s brother Robert Edwin Whitney, was killed in action while serving with the 38th Battalion


Aug 13, 1917

Sentenced to 1 day Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 2 day’s pay for being absent


Oct 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 18, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 508 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 22, 1917

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


Jan 11, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Whitney joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Auchy au Bois, France


Apr 5, 1918

The battalion was holding the front line east of Agny, France with orders to hold “at all cost”.  Private Whitney received shrapnel wounds to his left arm and was evacuated to the number 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 29 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 2 Australian General Hospital in Wimereux, France


Apr 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne to continue his recovery


Apr 29, 1918

Transferred to the No. 10 Convalescent Depot in Ecault to continue his recovery


May 17, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Rest Camp


May 19, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the Canadian Infantry Base Depot in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


May 22, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


May 30, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Whitney rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front lines near Neuville Vitasse, France


Aug 12, 1918

While the battalion was occupying the front line south east of Rosieres, France, Joseph William Whitney received a shrapnel wound to his head that fractured his skull.  He died while being transferred to the No. 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  He was buried in the Dury Hospital Military Cemetery, Dury, France.  When the war ended, his body was exhumed and reburied in the Villers Bretonneux Cemetery, Villers Bretonneux, 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. Lillian Whitney, Burnt River, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Robert Whitney, RR #3, Orillia, Ontario


 Orillia Times August 22, 1918


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