Matthew Somverville Baillie


Mar 13, 1891

Born in Glasgow, Scotland

On arrival in Canada, he took up residence at 27 Cambridge St., Ottawa, Ontario and became a member of the St. Andrew’s Society Pipe Band.


Dec 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59031 (temporary number 1175)

Ø      Next of kin given as Thomas Baillie, father, 129 Old Govan Rd., Glasgow, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Marble Worker

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company

o       He was later transferred to “B” Company and a member of the Pipe Band, employed at the front as a Stretcher Bearer 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


May 20, 1915

Transferred to the Depot Company while employed in the battalion’s Transport Section


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 4, 1916

Attached to the Divisional Mule Train Fatigue for duty


Oct 15, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from fatigue duty


Dec 16, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 31, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 11, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 3, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Mar 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and transferred the same day to the No. 1 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Scabies


Mar 13, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 26, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 13, 1918

While on leave, the 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge and proceeded to Seigburg, Germany as part of the occupying force following the Armistice


Dec 23, 1918

Arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Dec 26, 1918

Rejoined the battalion in Seigburg, Germany


Feb 14, 1919

Proceeded to England and joined the 1st Echelon


Mar 25, 1919

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford pending return to Canada


Mar 31, 1919

Married in Glasgow, Scotland with permission and next of kin changed to read Mrs. MS Baillie, 39 Moir St., Plantation, Glasgow, Scotland


Apr 13, 1919

Ceased to be shown on leave and detailed to the EORD Depot Company


May 13, 1919

Posted to the MD #3 Wing, Seaford pending return to Canada


May 20, 1919

Embarked the HMT Regina in Liverpool


May 28, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277765

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 14 Windsor Ave. Ottawa South, Ontario


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