Jeffrey, Donald Montieth: Service no. 408121


Digitized Service Records

Circumstances of Death Card not found.


Half brother to Major Samuel Monteith Loghrin. Link to Web Article

“The brothers, Sam Loghrin and Don Jeffrey; photo contributed by Ed.Jeffrey. Sam arrived in Europe in August of 1914. This picture is likely to have been taken in Europe sometime after Don enlisted in July of 1915.” Source:
Source: CVWM
This drawing was most likely done by Corporal Jeffery as he convalesced in April and May of 1916 after being wounded on April 10, 1916.Drawing from D. Victor Leslie Davidson a 20th Battalion soldier memories book from a hospital. Contributed by Katherine Cross via the 18th Battalion Facebook Group.

Summary of Service for Summary of Service Corporal Donald Montieth Jeffery, reg. no. 408212

February 8, 1894BirthBorn in Stratford, Ontario to William and
July 17, 1915Enlisted in C.E.F.Enlisted at Niagara. The most likely refers to Niagara Camp located at Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Assigned to the 37th Battalion.
July 24, 1915Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
July 28, 1915Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
August 2, 1915Vaccinated and Anti-Typhoid Inoculation 
July 9, 1916Completed WillAssigns his real estate and estate to his parents, Mr. and Mrs. William Jeffery of 141 Douglas Street, Stratford, Ontario. The will is witness by David Mackintosh and Captain Emery. Sergeant David Mackintosh was killed the same day a Corporal Jeffery.
August 1915Arrives EnglandDate not known.
August 1, 1915Assigns payAssigns $10.00 per month to his mother, Mrs. Frances Jeffery.
August 27, 1915Assigned 17th Reserve BattalionBilleted at Shorncliffe, Kent.
September 1, 1915Transferred to 18th BattalionThis is a very interesting and rare case. The, at the time, Private Jeffery arrives in England and is assigned to the 18th Battalion with only two months of military service and training. His half-brother, Captain Samuel Montieth Loghrin, was most likely a Company or Platoon commander in the 18th Battalion. It was probably his influence that initiated the transfer of Private Jeffery to the 18th Battalion.



The 18th Battalion had been training in England at West Sandling since April 1915 and Captain Loghrin would have known that the Battalion was about to be sent to active duty in Belgium. The training of the Battalion had been moving in that direction since Augusts 1915.


Private Jeffery would normally, been more completely trained and attached to an active unit some time in the future. Such training cycles usually took two to four months after a soldier arrived in England.

September 1, 1915Moves to join Battalion at West Sandling 
September 14, 1915Embarks to France 
October 15, 1915Promoted to Lance-CorporalPromoted in the field. This promotion appears to be rescinded, for reasons unknown.
November 14, 1915Promoted to Lance-Corporal 
April 10, 1916WoundedWounded, G.S.W. left arm, severe. Lance-Corporal may have been wounded the night of April 9, 1916 as there is no report of wounded soldiers on April 10, whereas there is a report of wounded soldiers on April 9. Twenty-five other ranks were wounded that day.



Transferred to No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance and then to No. 10 Canadian Casualty Station. Then to No. 23 Train from which he then was transferred to No. 5 British Red Cross Hospital, Wimereux.

April 15, 1916Transferred to convalesceTransferred to No. 5 Convalescent Depot.
May 16, 1916Classified “A”Transferred to Canadian Base Depot in preparation for return for service.
May 20, 1916Proceeded to rejoin unit 
May 22, 1916Rejoined 18th Battalion 
June 22, 1916Promoted CorporalPromoted Corporal as D. Mackintosh, reg. no. 53834, is promoted Sergeant.
September 15, 1916Killed in ActionKilled in action on the second day of the Canadian Corps involvement at the Somme. Corporal Jeffery perishes this date, along with his half-brother, Captain Loghrin, Sergeant D. Mackintosh, and others of the 18th Battalion.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Blog at

Up ↑

%d bloggers like this: