|Date of Birth||October 24, 1896|
|Place of Birth||Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||William Bock (father), Spring Bay P.O., Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Farmer|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Hamilton, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||Spring Bay P.O. , Manitoulin Island, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||25/10/1918|
|Age at Enlistment||22|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||04/07/1976|
|Age at Death||79|
|Buried At||Providence Bay Cemetery, Manitoulin Island, Ontario|
Private George Stanley Bock was the only child of William Bock and Sarah Jane Dowsett of Spring Bay, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. His parents were both born in Ontario, William in Waterloo County and Sarah in Leeds County. They were married in June 1895 and Stanley was born in Spring Bay on 24 October 1896. William was a farmer, of German ancestry and a Mennonite. Sarah was Irish and a Methodist.
Conscription started in Canada in 1917 and single men aged 20 to 34 were required to register that fall. Exemptions were granted for Mennonites but in April 1918 an Order-in-Council cancelled most exemptions for men aged 20 to 23, including those for religious reasons. Stanley was drafted under the Military Service Act that fall. He had his medical in Sudbury on 18 September 1918 and he was found fit for overseas service. His address at the time was Spring Bay P.O., Manitoulin Island, his trade was recorded as farmer and his religion as Mennonite. Stanley was called up for service on 25 October and assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment. He signed his recruitment papers in Hamilton. Just a few weeks later the Armistice ended hostilities and he was discharged (transferred to the Records of the Registrar) on 24 November in Toronto.
Stanley’s father passed away on 17 July 1919 and his mother died a year later, on 12 July 1920. When the 1921 census was taken Stanley was living in Kenora, Ontario with his aunt and uncle, Eliza (née Bock) and David Sinclair. David was a Mennonite and all four of his sons had enlisted and served in the war: Levi, Leslie, Roy and Benjamin.
After leaving Kenora Stanley lived in British Columbia as well as in the Spring Bay and Providence Bay area on Manitoulin Island. He passed away on 4 July 1976, at age 79, following an accident on Manitoulin Island. His address at the time was Mayerthorpe, Alberta and his obituary was published in the Edmonton Journal. Stanley likely never married and he was survived by an uncle, John Bock, and numerous cousins. He was cremated and buried beside his parents in Providence Bay Cemetery.
By Becky Johnson
Photo of Stanley’s grave marker courtesy of Hunting on billiongraves.com.