Stokes, George Wilfred: Service no. 654135

Digitized Service Record

Source: Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group post.

Son to Private Frederick William Stokes.

Stokes, George Wilfred: Service no. 654135. Circa 1916 – 18. Source: Bill Donaldson via the 18th Battalion Facebook Group.

Summary of Service for Lance-Corporal George Wilfred Stokes, reg. no. 654135

Date Event Remarks
October 28, 1895 Born Born at Seaforth, Ontario to Frederick William and Agnes Stokes.
December 30, 1915 Enlists Enlists at the age of 19 with the 161st Huron Battalion at Goderich, Ontario, his current place of resident. He is a “turner” by trade and stands 5’5” tall. He has no distinguishing marks and identifies his father, Frederick Stokes, as his next-of-kin.
April 29, 1916 Inoculated Anti-Typhoid inoculation course begins.
June 17, 1916 Forfeits Pay Forfeits 3-days pay for being Absent Without Leave (AWL) per Daily Order No. 146 dated June 22, 1916.
July 21, 1916 Vaccinated
October 30. 1916 Units Sales Embarks for England at Halifax, Nova Scotia.
November 1, 1916 Assigned pay starts. Private Stokes has assigned $20.00 per month of his pay to his mother, Mrs. F.W. Stokes.
November 11, 1916 Arrives England Arrives via the S.S. Lapland.
January 14, 1917 Admitted Admitted to hospital with influenza.
January 27, 1917 Discharged Discharged.
February 11, 1917 Promoted Promoted Acting Lance-Corporal at Witley Camp.
February 28, 1917 Reverts to Private and Taken On Strength Reverts to “permanent grade” of private in expectation of being transferred to a line-battalion. Taken on Strength with the 18th Battalion. Leaves England and arrives the same day at 2 Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples, France.
March 15, 1918 Joins the 18th Battalion Joins the 18th Battalion in the field. The Battalion is resting, refitting, and training at Le Pendu, France.
August 26, 1918 Wounded Suffers a G.S.W. and contusion to right knee and hip.


The Battalion had been, and continued to be, heavily engaged and the tempo of the fighting was intense. On that day the War Diary relates:


“Zero hour for this days operation was set for 12.30 noon. Bn. was in support of 20th Bn. Heavy casualties were suffered in the advance to the slope of the SENSEE RIVER, machine gun nests and wire in the German line being equally heavy. Capt. Mackedie was shot through the hand and instantly killed rushing a German gun post; Lieut. Cole, shot through the eye, was afterwards found dead; Major Graham and Lts. Lawrence [sic], Donaldson and Krug were wounded. Under terrific fire the Bn. was compelled to temporarily withdraw and take up a line in the sunken roads fronting the German wire East of the SENSEE RIVER. 52 O.R. arrived as reif. 3 O.Rs on leave. Approx. casualties all ranks, 10 killed & 70 wounded.”

August 27, 1917 Admitted Admitted No. 26 General Hospital, Etaples, France.
August 30, 1917 Transferred and Admitted Transferred and admitted to No. 6 Convalescent Depot.
September 2, 1917 Transferred and Admitted Transferred and admitted to No. 10 Convalescent Depot.
September 11, 1917 Discharged Discharged to No. 5 Rest Camp.
September 14, 1917 Admitted Admitted to Canadian Infantry Base Depot, Etaples.
September 18, 1917 Arrived Arrived Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp, Etaples. Designated Class ‘A’ for duty.
October 7, 1917 Rejoined Rejoined the 18th Battalion in the field. The Battalion was in the line at Vimy Ridge.
September 9, 1918 Promoted Appointed Lance-Corporal as L/Cpl. F. Privett, 158665, was invalided to England.
November 25, 1918 Admitted Listed as having a pyrexia of unknown origin. Admitted to No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station (C.C.S.). The Battalion is in transit, via marching, from Fleurus. Belgium to Namur, Germany.
November 29, 1918 Transferred Transferred to No. 57 C.C.S.
December 2, 1918 Transferred Transferred to [illegible].
December 3, 1918 Transferred Transferred to No. 7 Canadian General Hospital,
January 13, 1919 Posted Sick and Transferred Posted sick and transferred to the Western Ontario Regimental Depot.
May 3, 1919 Dental Exam
May 10, 1919 Transferred Struck off strength and transferred to Casualty Clearing Centre, Military District 1 at Ripon.
May 14, 1919 Transferred Stuck off strength for transport to Canada.
May 24, 1919 Arrives Arrives Halifax.
May 27, 1919 Discharged Discharged at No. 1 Military District (London, Ontario).
February 24, 1922 Latest Address Latest address General Post Office, Goderich, Ontario.


Possible headstone. George W STOKES 1895-1970 Maitland Cemetery 35424 Huron Rd , Goderich, Goderich Township (Concession MT, Lot 4) Huron County, ON Source:

Born on October 28, 1895 in Seaforth, Ontario to Mr. & Mrs. Frederick Stokes. On enlistment he gave his occupation as “turner” and his current address as Goderich, Ontario. He enlisted at the age of 19 on December 30, 1915 at Goderich with the 161st Huron Battalion and arrived in England on November 11, 1916 aboard the SS Lapland. After arriving in England the unit was posted to Witley and in February 1918 he was transferred to the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry, Western Ontario Regiment and served in France until the end of the war. Lance Corporal Stokes was discharged on May 27, 1919 and returned to Goderich where he married his wife, Mary Myrtle.



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