Ernest Walter Davey signature

On this day in 1915 Ernest Walter Davey signed up in Montreal. He was a banker, the son of Edward Davey and Frances (née Smith), born May 5th, 1891 in Deseronto. The day before he enlisted, Davey married Gladys Cook in Toronto, where they were living at 433 Indian Grove.

On enlisting, Davey was five feet three inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and dark hair. His regimental number was MCG1776 and he joined the 2nd University Company. Davey’s service record shows that he was admitted to hospital in England suffering from appendicitis in August 1915. He was then attached to the Pay and Record Office in London between October 1915 and October 1916, when he again in hospital, this time with bronchitis.

In January 1917 Davey was transferred to the 7th Reserve Battalion in Seaford, Sussex, and he went to France on 19 March 1917 with the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. By May 1917, he was back in England with bronchitis and he remained in England until January 1918 when he was sent back to Canada. He was discharged from the army in Toronto on 12 March 1918 as physically unfit for further duty.

After the war, Ernest had two children with Gladys, but he died of pneumonia in Timiskaming, Ontario on January 27th, 1922. At the time of his death, he was a commercial traveller. Gladys got remarried in Timiskaming in 1928, to Harry Stanford Worth.