Timeline for Edward Ray Jackson

  • Born November 21, 1897 at Spring Creek Mill and Farm,12th Concession, Amabel Township, Bruce County, Ontario
  • Attends 1 room school, SS #6 on Spring Creek Road
  • Family moves to grandfather Robert Barbour's 210 acre farm 2 miles south of Teeswater, Culross Township, Huron County, Ontario in 1908 when Ray is10
  • Ray's father dies suddenly in 1912 when Ray is 14
  • Finishes Primary and Secondary School in Teeswater by 1916
  • World War 1 is declared August 1914 
  • December 2, 1915 160th Over-Seas Battalion formed, headquarters' armories in Walkerton, ON
  • Ray enlists Canadian Expeditionary Forces March 23, 1916 age 17
  •  Becomes part of Company B ( from Chesley, Tara, Hepworth and Teeswater) 160th Bruce  Battalion
  •  June 3, 1916 the entire 160th Battalion marches from Walkerton to Chesley
  • June 4, 1916 160th officially receives its Regimental Colours
  • Training in Walkerton
  • June - October 1916 Training in London ON Carling Heights Camp
  • October 17, 1916 Battalion leaves for Halifax by train
  • October 18, 1916 Sails from Halifax aboard 'The Metagama '
  • October 27, 1916 Arrives Liverpool
  • Witley Camp, Surrey
  • 8 Nov 1916 Marches 7 miles to Bramshott Camp
  •  End of November 1916 – end of January 1917 is in quarantine at Bramshott Camp
  • January 2, 1917 Aldershot Isolation Hospital. Ray has mumps
  • By 29 January, 1917 out of quarantine at Bramshott Camp
  • Machine gun training earns 92% at Witley Camp
  • To end of August 1917, at Witley, still bored and waiting to go to France
  • August 29, 1917 Canada passed the Military Service Act
  •  February 28, 1918 160th Battalion leaves for France
  • Ray joins 1st Battalion C.E.F.
  • Billeted at a farm “somewhere in France”
  •  Ray’s older brother Bert conscripted May 22,, 1918 and sent to London Ontario training camp
  •  Sometime between 23 – 30 August 1918 Ray is sent to the front
  • Wounded in action near Arras on morning of August 30, 1918 with GSW in right shoulder
  • He falls into a bomb crater and lies there for 8 hours
  • August 30, 1918 evacuated to No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station in Ligny-St.-Flochel where he is operated on twice
  • September 2, 1918 taken to No. 32 Casualty Clearing Station at Lozinghem where wound was cleaned out
  • September 7, 1918 taken to East Suffolk Hospital, Ipswich, England
  • January 27, 1919 transfered to Woodcote Convalescent Hospital, Epsom and put on massage and remedial gymnastics treatment
  • July 1920 invalided to North America on the Hospital Ship SS Esquibo

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