Daniel Jaynes signature

Daniel Jaynes signed up in Barton, near Hamilton, on this day in 1916. He was born in Tyendinaga on March 31st, the son of Wellington Jaynes and Catherine (née Moses), who were both Mohawks.

Daniel first served in the Canadian Mounted Rifles and the 129th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, under the regimental number 784496. He was diagillegally absent from August to December 1916, then rejoined but was found to be absent without leave when his unit came to embark for England on March 21st, 1917. Jaynes enlisted for a second time, in the Railway Contruction and Forestry Draft, with a new number of 249846 on September 14th, 1917. He was described as five feet three and three quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair.

Jaynes’s service record shows that he arrived in England on December 14th, 1917 on the SS Metagama. He was sent to France on January 21st, 1918 and remained there until December. He left England on the troopship Aquitania in January 1919 and was demobilized on February 11th, 1919 in Toronto. He was back with his parents, working as a farmer, in 1921.