Harry Wykes, MM


May 1, 1893

Born, at Stockingford, Warwickshire, England


Aug 5, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Number 455208

Ø      Next of kin given as Harry Wykes, father, of 48 Arbury Road, Stockingford, Warwickshire England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       He is later shown in the Machine Gun Section


Jan 30, 1916

Forfeited 2 days pay.  The reason was not recorded in the file


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia

The date for his promotion is not recorded in the file, but the Embarkation Roll shows his rank as Corporal


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp


Jun 23, 1916

Posted to the Machine Gun Depot at the Risborough Barracks, Shorncliffe


Aug 24, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 25, 1916

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


Aug 28, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion, which had just moved into billets at Zouafques to begin a series of training exercises.  He was assigned to the Lewis Gun Section of “A” Company


Apr 8, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Corporal without pay


Apr 9, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Gray 400810, who had been killed in action


Oct 23, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364

This was the heavy fighting at Hill 70 in August of 1917


Nov 6, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 12, 1918

While on parade at Westrehem, he was presented with his Military Medal by the Corps Commander, Lieut General Sir Arthur Currie, KCB, KCMG


Apr 28, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sergeant to replace Sgt WS Taylor 400596, who was missing in action and reported as being taken prisoner


Aug 8, 1918

Admitted to the No 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with wounds to his right forearm.  He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

This was the fighting at Marcelcave where the Commanding Officer, Lieut Colonel EW Jones, DSO was killed by a Machine Gun bullet to his chest.


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the No 10 General Hospital


Aug 10, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle



Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Aug 11, 1918

Admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital at Birmingham


Aug 20, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Oct 7, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until October 17, 1918, when he was to report to the 3rd CCD 

On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Nov 27, 1918

Ceased to be On Command to 3rd CCD and attached to the Depot Company of the EORD at Witley


Dec 4, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 9, 1919

On Command to MD #3 at Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania at Liverpool

Posted to the Sub Depot at MD #3, Ottawa Ontario


Feb 9, 1919

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


Feb 11, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 25, 1919


Mar 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued #102106

Ø      Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Delta Ontario 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to him at Elm St, Chantry Ontario 

Post war he owned and operated a store at Morton Ontario, which he eventually sold and moved to Athens Ontario where he became the Post Master.  He retired from this post in September 1959..

From the January 1960 issue of the Communiqué (the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter)


Sep 3, 1971

Died at Athens Ontario 

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