Walter Yaxley

Thank you to Carol Cannon for her research of Walter Yaxley

Apr 10, 1891

Born in Norwich, Norfolk, England to Walter and Rachel (nee Short) Yaxley


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 60105 (temporary number 248)

Ø  Next of kin given as Walter Yaxley, father, 18 Grand St., Norwich, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as printer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 4th Norfolk Regiment, Territorials

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded “Good Conduct Badge”


Dec 6, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Mar 14, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Mar 26, 1917

Discharged to Duty from the field ambulance


Apr 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl H.S. White who had been promoted


Jul 5, 1917

Sentenced to 7 hours pack drill for absence without leave.  Tattoo June 29, 1917 to June 30, 1917 (24 hours).  Forfeits 2 day’s pay under Royal Warrant


Aug 17,1917

Rejoined from course


Sep 3, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 15, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 1, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Richardson who had been promoted


Mar 26, 1918

Attached to the G.H.Q. Lewis Gun School for duty


Apr 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 51 General Hospital in Etaples with a diagnosis that reads Balanitis


May 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples.  Forfeits field allowance and 50 cents per day for the 35 days in hospital as punishment for becoming infected


Jun 27, 1918

Transferred to the No. 73 General Hospital, Trouville and the diagnosis was changed to read Phimosis


Aug 2, 1918

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot


Sep 10, 1918

Transferred to No. 73 General Hospital in Trouville


Oct 14, 1918

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot, Trouville


Dec 1, 1918

Discharged to duty with the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples


Dec 5, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Dec 29, 1918

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in England and attached to the Composite Brigade CRA (Canadian Reserve Artillery) in the Bordon Camp

Married to Lily E. Waters


Jan 24, 1919

Transferred to Wing No. 3 at Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 19, 1919

Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool



Mar 1, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Mar 3, 1919

Taken On Strength the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Mar 4, 1919

Granted leave until March 17, 1919


Mar 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90838

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Stirling, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 20 Livingstone St., Dereham Rd., Norwich, England


Aug 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Scandinavian to return to England


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