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  • Joseph Frederick Bellamy was born on 29 October 1896 in Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, England. His parents were Joseph and Edith Bellamy and he had at least 3 sisters: Kathleen, Edith and Dorothy. In 1901 the family was living in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England and his father was working as a carpenter. By 1911, when Joseph was 15 years of age, he was working as a servant in Peterborough, England.

    In March 1914 Joseph immigrated to Canada, heading to Manitoba as a farm labourer.

    He enlisted on 14 August 1915 in Russell, Manitoba and was assigned to the 79th battalion as a private. Joseph went overseas with his battalion on 24 April 1916, embarking from Halifax on the S.S. Lapland. Once he arrived in England he was transferred to the 52nd Battalion, joining them in the France on 19 September 1916. His only injury came in February 1918 when he was leading a train of mules and they bolted. In his attempt to stop them, Joseph fell and injured his ankle. He spent just over a month in hospital but suffered no permanent damage. On 24 March 1919 he returned to Canada and headed back out west.

    Joseph joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Regina in the early 1920’s. He was posted to many different communities during his years of service: Vancouver, Brandon, Dauphin, Hodgson, Gypsumville, Ottawa, Emerson, Norway House, Winnipeg and finally, Kenora in 1939. He was promoted to Corporal in 1932. His service number was #9354.

    While in Dauphin, Manitoba, Joseph met and married Marjory Ethelyn Brinkman on 05 October 1926. They had two children: Gordon Frederick (who served as a Master Corporal with the Canadian Forces) and Rhoda.

    When Joseph retired from the R.C.M.P. in 1943 he became payroll accountant for the Department of Highways in Kenora. In 1950 he was Municipal Clerk and Treasurer in Eagle River. A year later, in 1951, he began doing security work for Ontario Hydro in Ear Falls. In 1956 he transferred to Kenora with this position and worked until retiring in 1961.

    Joseph died on 25 September 1977 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 152287
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 79th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Fulbeck, Lincolnshire
  • Country:
  • England
  • Next of Kin:
  • father, Joseph Bellamy of Peterborough, England
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 29, 1896
  • Trade or Calling:
  • farm labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Russell, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • August 14, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 18
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 25, 1977
  • Age at Death:
  • 81
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 50E-6-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Joseph Frederick Bellamy was born on 29 October 1896 in Fulbeck, Lincolnshire, England. His parents were Joseph and Edith Bellamy and he had at least 3 sisters: Kathleen, Edith and Dorothy. In 1901 the family was living in Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England and his father was working as a carpenter. By 1911, when Joseph was 15 years of age, he was working as a servant in Peterborough, England.

    In March 1914 Joseph immigrated to Canada, heading to Manitoba as a farm labourer.

    He enlisted on 14 August 1915 in Russell, Manitoba and was assigned to the 79th battalion as a private. Joseph went overseas with his battalion on 24 April 1916, embarking from Halifax on the S.S. Lapland. Once he arrived in England he was transferred to the 52nd Battalion, joining them in the France on 19 September 1916. His only injury came in February 1918 when he was leading a train of mules and they bolted. In his attempt to stop them, Joseph fell and injured his ankle. He spent just over a month in hospital but suffered no permanent damage. On 24 March 1919 he returned to Canada and headed back out west.

    Joseph joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in Regina in the early 1920’s. He was posted to many different communities during his years of service: Vancouver, Brandon, Dauphin, Hodgson, Gypsumville, Ottawa, Emerson, Norway House, Winnipeg and finally, Kenora in 1939. He was promoted to Corporal in 1932. His service number was #9354.

    While in Dauphin, Manitoba, Joseph met and married Marjory Ethelyn Brinkman on 05 October 1926. They had two children: Gordon Frederick (who served as a Master Corporal with the Canadian Forces) and Rhoda.

    When Joseph retired from the R.C.M.P. in 1943 he became payroll accountant for the Department of Highways in Kenora. In 1950 he was Municipal Clerk and Treasurer in Eagle River. A year later, in 1951, he began doing security work for Ontario Hydro in Ear Falls. In 1956 he transferred to Kenora with this position and worked until retiring in 1961.

    Joseph died on 25 September 1977 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.

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  • Bellamy, Joseph Frederick Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 152287
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 79th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Fulbeck, Lincolnshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • father, Joseph Bellamy of Peterborough, England
  • Date of Birth:
  • October 29, 1896
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • England
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • farm labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Russell, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • August 14, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 18
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 25, 1977
  • Age at Death:
  • 81
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 50E-6-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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