Fellingham, Frank George: Service no. 53909

Digitized Service Record

Source: 18th Battalion Nominal Roll, April 1915.


Stretcher Bearer.


Summary of Service[i] for Corporal Frank George Fellingham, reg. no. 53909

January 13, 1879BornBorn at Brighton, England.
1901MarriesMarries Ellen Cox at Brighton, Sussex, England.
October 26, 1914EnlistedEnlisted at Galt, Ontario indicating on his attestation papers that he was a labourer. His next-of-kin was Mrs. Ellen Fellingham, his wife, who resided at 83 Oak Street in Galt. He indicated 14 years of experience and currently was a member of the 29th Regiment as a stretcher-bearer. He had two blue tattoo marks on his left forearm and stood 5’8.5” tall and had a chest of 38” with a 4” expansion. He had a dark complexion, grey eyes, and dark brown hair. He was a member of the Church of England.   There is a notation that he was assigned the rank of Lance-Corporal.
April 29, 1915ArrivesArrives Avonmouth, England aboard the SS Grampian.
May 1915Assigned PayAssigns pay of $15.00 per month to his wife.
September 15, 1915DisembarksDisembarks to France with the rest of the Battalion and the 2nd Division to serve on the Continent.
January 15, 1916AdmittedAdmitted 5th CFA for influenza.
January 16, 1916TransferredTransferred to DRS Godewaersvelde.
January 25, 1916Discharged to Duty 
April 16, 1916Reverts RankReverts rank for Lance-Corporal to Private on his own request. The reason is not obvious in his service file.
April 17, 1916TransferredTransferred CAMC and attached to the 18th Battalion Water Detail.
March 1, 1917AdmittedAdmitted 6th CFA for PUO (pyrexia of unknown origin).
March 4, 1917DischargedDischarged to duty with unit.
November 21, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to No. 22 CCS for inflamed right knee joint.
November 23, 1917AdmittedAdmitted to St. Johns Ambulance Base Hospital, Etaples.
July 5, 1917ClassedClassed as “B1”.
December 3, 1917DischargedDischarged to Depot.
October 19, 1918Joins 18thCeased to be attached to CAMC and is transferred to the 18th Battalion.
October 20, 1918PromotedPromoted Corporal.
April 4, 1919ProceedsProceeds to England.
April 7, 1919Dental ExamDental exam completed with 14 extractions.
May 24, 1919DischargedDischarged from CEF at MD No. 1 (London). He served with the Battalion as an original member until it was officially disbanded on this date at London, Ontario. Five years have passed, and he is now 40-years old and has served actively with the Battalion, save for those times he was ill.
May 26, 1919Card UpdatedCard indicates that this soldiers address, as of this date, is now 94 Samuelson Street in Galt, Ontario.
August 26, 1921Medal and Scroll CardCard indicates he is now living at 94 Samuelson Street in Galt, Ontario.
October 7, 1924Immigration Record USAImmigration record shows this man lived at 14 Lowell Street, Galt, Ontario. He also emigrated to Canada aboard the Empress of Ireland in 1910.
November 13, 1961PassesPasses at Westminster Hospital at London, Ontario. Buried at Mountview Cemetery Cambridge, Waterloo Regional Municipality, Ontario, Canada.


AWLAbsent Without Leave: Generally, a soldier would be deducted 1-days pay for every day absent. In some cases, the soldier would be confined to barracks. Sometimes it was a combination of both.
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CBConfined to Barracks: a punishment for minor infractions.
CCDCasualty Convalescent Depot: a depot at a base where men, in their final stages of convalescing, would be prepared for duty depending on their rating.
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CCRCCanadian Corps Reserve Camp
CCSCasualty Clearing Station: this facility was attached to rail transportation from the front to hospitals on the coast of France
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
In the FieldThis term relates to a soldier arriving at an active-duty unit after transporting from England, to France, and then to his duty assignment. The routing varied from soldier to soldier and could take 2-3 days to several months.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin: This was a term used for any illness that could not clearly be identified and typically was related to influenza symptoms.
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength
CAMCCanadian Army Medical Corp
CCHCasualty Clearing Hospital
CFACanadian Field Ambulance
DRSDivisional Rest Station
GSWGun Shot Wound – this was a generic term for all projectile penetrating wounds.
MDMilitary District
PUOPyrexia of Unknown Origin
SOSStruck Off Strength
TOSTaken On Strength

[i] The Summary of Service for this soldier is meant as just that, a summary of his service. It is not intended to be an exhaustive biographical relation of his life or his war service. Some information may be deliberately suppressed by the author out of sensitivity to the soldier. Readers are encouraged to reference the actual service records available at the Library and Archives Canada in PDF format if they wish to learn more about this soldier. Such additional information (i.e. hyperlinks etc.) are for informational purpose only and no claim to verification or accuracy is made by the author of this summary.

Dept Veterans Affairs Death Card Fellingham 53909

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