Smith, Henry Thomas: Service no. 53852

Digitized Service Record

Source: Comment by Facebook Group member about her relative, Private John Smith, reg. no. 53850 dying in action April 2, 1916. Henry Thomas Smith was his brother.

Smith, Henry Thomas: Service no. 53852. Photo courtesy of Lorne Michelle Smith.
BURIAL Avondale Cemetery Stratford, Perth County, Ontario, Canada PLOT Section 8, Lot 23, SubLot 2 Photo by B.G. Wiehle via Find-A-Grave.

Summary of Service for Private John Henry Smith, reg. no. 53852

September 11, 1880BornBorn at Rotherhithe, Kent, England.
October 22, 1914EnlistsEnlists at Stratford, Ontario. He is 30-years and 6 months old. Married to Elizabeth Sara Smith with children aged 15, 13, 11, 9, 7, 5, 3, and 1 year old. His trade is a blacksmith and his 5’ 6.5” tall. He belongs to the militia, most probably the 28th Regiment and the medical officer records his teeth as Upper Jaw – Good; Lower Jaw – Fairly Good; 2 Missing. His eyes are “Fair”. Assigned “D” Company.
November 11, 1914Anti-Typhoid Inoculations 
November 22, 1914Anti-Typhoid Inoculations 
December 15, 1915Vaccinated 
December 1914Assigns PayAssigns $20.00 per month to his wife, Elizabeth Sara Smith, residing at 200 Nelson Street, Stratford, Ontario and then later, 28 Silwood Street, Rotherhithe, London, England.
April 18, 1915Unit SailsUnit sails from Halifax, Nova Scotia.
April 29, 1915Arrives EnglandArrives England aboard the S.S. Grampian.
September 14, 1915Embarks FranceEmbarks to the Continent for active service.
October 15, 1915Injures knee and footPension document records that he was hurt at Dickenbusch, Belgium. He desires to be discharged in England.
November 12, 1915Admitted 5th C.F.A.Admitted 5th Canadian Field Ambulance for “strain of arch, left foot”.
November 14, 1915Transferred to D.R.S. 
November 14, 1915Transferred to 6th C.F.A. 
November 16, 1915Transferred to No. 2 C.C.S.Transferred to No. 2. Casualty Clearing Station.
November 17, 1915Entrains for EtaplesTransferred to No. 7 [Hospital] Train.
November 18, 191524th General HospitalEtaples, France attends 24th General Hospital for flat feet. His left foot is “flat”.
November 22, 1915DischargedDischarged from hospital.
November 25, 1915Discharged to C.B.D.Discharged to Canadian Base Depot, Etaples.
December 5, 1915Classified P.B. and sent to EnglandClassified Permanent Base.
December 7, 1915Taken on StrengthTransported to Folkestone, England and taken on strength with the 36th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.
March 1, 1916Medical Report on an InvalidReport relates details of injury.
March 16, 1916TransferredTransferred and taken on strength with the Canadian Casualty Assembly Center.
April 20, 1916Medical BoardMedical Board instructs this soldier to be paraded to Moore Barrack Hospital, Folkestone, for x-rays of his left ankle and foot.
April 30, 1916On CommandOn Command with the Canadian Convalescent Depot.
May 5, 1915Struck Off StrengthDischarged in England. Classified “Medically Unfit”
May 13, 1915DischargedDischarged at the Canadian Casualty Discharge Deport, Prior Park, Bath, England.
September 20, 1958DeceasedRecorded in service record as deceased this date.

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