John Winters

Jul 16, 1883

Born in Cavan County, Ireland to James and Mary (nee McDonald) Winters


Jul 27, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion CEF in Welland, Ontario

Ø  Number 141812

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Mary Winters, mother, Halfway House, Paisley Rd., Glasgow, Scotland

o   There is a note to also notify Mrs. J. Winters, wife, 428 Wellington St., London, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 44th Lincoln and Welland Regiment, Canadian Militia, and 3 years in the Territorial Forces

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

The battalion trained in Camp Niagara, Ontario


Aug 11, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being absent


Nov 5, 1915

The battalion left the Niagara Camp for winter quarters

“C” Company and “D” Company were quartered in the Armouries in Barrie, Ontario


Nov 16, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days Detention for being absent


Jan 26, 1916

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 13, 1916

Married to Mary Woods in the St. Mary’s Church, Barrie, Ontario


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training

On arrival in West Sandling he was appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion

Reverted to the rank of Private on arrival


Jul 30, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Winters joined the 21st Battalion resting in the Micmac Camp near Dikkebus, (Dikkiebus) Belgium and posted to “D” Company


Aug 24, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 15 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Sep 4, 1916

Discharged to duty from the clearing station


Sep 16, 1916

During the fighting at the sugar factory on the Somme, Private Winters received shrapnel wounds to his back and was evacuated first to a field ambulance for first aid, then to a casualty clearing station before being transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Rouen, France


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Frensham Hill Military Hospital in Farnham

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 13, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 27, 1916

Discharged from the convalescent hospital


Nov 30, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot for physical training


Jan 31, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling


Apr 17, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1917

Arrived at the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Winters rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support trenches near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements


Jun 27, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal, without pay


Aug 13, 1917

Proceeded on course


Aug 28, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from course


Aug 31, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Schell 141770 who had been invalided to England


Nov 11, 1917

While the 21st Battalion was occupying the front-line trench at Passchendaele, Belgium, Private Winters received shrapnel wounds to his legs that caused a fracture.  He was evacuated to the No. 1 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station for treatment


Nov 13, 1917

Lance Corporal John Winters died of his wounds while a patient at the No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station and was buried in the nearby Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinge, Belgium


Following the war, the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. W.J. Gibling (she had remarried), 54 Jacqueline St., Chelsea Green, London, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was went to his mother, Mrs. M. Gibling, at the same address.  The second cross was later returned as “not called for”.


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