Frederick Granville York



Aug 9, 1891

Born at Tamworth Ontario to William H. and Elizabeth (nee Pringle) York


Oct 8, 1908

Married to Adelaide Mowers at Tamworth Ontario


Feb 17, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion at Belleville Ontario 

Ø      Number 412172

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Fred York (wife) of Napanee Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Locomotive Fireman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years with the 47th Frontenac Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 12, 1915

Forfeits 2 days pay


May 20, 1915

Admitted to the Belleville Hospital diagnosed with a Cold


May 21, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 3, 1915

Forfeits 2 days pay


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie at Montreal Quebec



Jun 19, 1915

While on board the ship, he was sentenced to 14 days detention, however there is no reason recorded in the file for the punishment, but it would be recorded in the Battalion’s Part II Orders


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England


Jul 6, 1915

Admitted to the Tent Hospital at St Martin’s Plain with a diagnosis of VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jul 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 11, 1915

AWL (Absent Without Leave) and forfeits 2 day’s pay under Royal Warrant, plus an additional 10 day’s pay fine


Oct 23, 1915

$10 deducted from his pay under a Royal Warrant


Oct 26, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1915

On arrival at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 26th Battalion by mistake


Oct 31, 1915

The paper work was corrected and he was TOS the 21st Battalion while still at the Base Depot at Havre with the effective date to read October 27, 1915


Nov 3, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Divisional Reserve at La Clytte and carried out training


Nov 14, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with defective vision


Nov 16, 1915

Transferred to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 17, 1915

Transferred to #4 Stationary Hospital at St Omer


Nov 29, 1915

The diagnosis was changed to read Hypermetropia, more commonly referred to as Far Sightedness.  It would appear that he rejoined the 21st Battalion at this point


Feb 14, 1916

Admitted to the DRS (Divisional Rest Station) at No 5 CFA diagnosed with Influenza


Feb 21, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Feb 25, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA for a vision test and diagnosed with Error of Refraction


Feb 26, 1916

Discharged to duty


Mar 5, 1916

Admitted to No 6 CFA with a fever


Mar 6, 1916

Transferred to No 8 CCS and transferred via No 23 Ambulance Train


Mar 7, 1916

From the Ambulance Train, he was admitted to No 24 General Hospital at Etaples with a diagnosis that reads POUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever


Mar 18, 1916

Discharged to the Base Depot at Etaples


Mar 21, 1916

Transferred to the No 3 General Base Depot at Boulogne


Apr 25, 1916

Admitted to No 13 Canadian Stationary Hospital with a Shell Contusion to his head 

This entry in the file was in error.  It was meant to be entered into the file for Cpl William Lewis York, MM  There are also several instances in this file that indicate that Fred York held the rank of Cpl.  He was never promoted, and I suspect that he was continually confused with Cpl WL York.


May 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


May 27, 1916

Admitted to No 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred via No 4 Ambulance Train to the No 23 General Hospital at Etaples diagnosed with VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea) and Myalgia


May 29, 1916

Transferred to No 9 Stationary Hospital at Havre 

Forfeits 50 cents per day for the 2 days he was in the General Hospital


Jun 5, 1916

Discharged from hospital to No 12 Camp at Harfleur 

Forfeits 50 cents per diem for the 6 days he spent in hospital


Jun 6, 1916

Transferred to No 3 General Base Depot at Boulogne


Jun 16, 1916

Classified PB (Permanent Base) and attached to the Pay Corps for duty


Jul 4, 1916

Medical Board continued his PB Classification and he was then attached to CAC HQ (Canadian Army Corps Headquarters) for duty


Sep 28, 1916

Admitted No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne diagnosed with a Carbuncle on his right knee


Oct 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in Hospital


Oct 5, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Western General Hospital at Manchester


Jan 2, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Feb 24, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Mar 10, 1917

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


Mar 21, 1917

Discharged from hospital to the Depot at Seaford for light duties


Mar 31, 1917

Sent to Shorncliffe as a prisoner under escort


Apr 25, 1917

Sentenced to 21 days Field Punishment #2 for breaking out of the Guard Room while a prisoner


Apr 27, 1917

On Command to the 7th Reserve Battalion for duty and to serve the punishment


Jun 14, 1917

Ceased to be On Command to the 7th Reserve Battalion and attached to the Depot Company of the EORD at Seaford


Aug 12, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days detention and forfeits 6 day’s pay and allowances for being Absent Without Leave


Sep 9, 1917

Will made out leaving his estate to his wife, Adelaide York of Napanee Ontario


Sep 12, 1917

Proceeded to France to join the 1st Labour Battalion


Sep 14, 1917

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeits 1 day’s pay


Jan 13, 1918

Taken On the Strength of the 21st Battalion on transfer from the Labour Battalion but remained at the Base Depot as he was still on light duties with a B1 Medical Classification


Feb 18, 1918

The Medical Board reclassified him as fit for regular duty


Mar 28, 1918

Joined the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples


Apr 1, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


May 30, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion had just moved into the front line trenches in the Neuville Vitasse Section


Aug 14, 1918

Received a gun shot wound to his left fore arm and admitted to the No 4 Field Ambulance then transferred the same day to the Casualty Clearing Station.  The bullet fractured the left radius bone.  The Battalion was in the front line trenches preparing for the battle that was to take place at Amiens


Aug 16, 1918

Transferred to No 8 General Hospital at Rouen


Aug 21, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle


Posted to the EORD while in hospital


Aug 22, 1918

Admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe, Norfolk


Sep 6, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Dec 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 27, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 9, 1919

SOS to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jan 20, 1919

Taken on the strength of the Casualty Company at Kingston Ontario


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 3, 1919


Feb 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Mill St, Napanee Ontario


Oct 31, 1919

The 1914-15 Star was sent to him at Napanee Ontario


Oct 11, 1921

His British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Mill St, Napanee Ontario 


Aug 28, 1953 Frederick York died and was buried in the Camp Hill Cemetery in Halifax, Nova Scotia


I would like to thank family member Sharon Spears for supplying Fred York's service file, from which the details above were take

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