Harold Herbert Baron



Mar 26, 1884

Born in Yorkshire, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59038 (temporary number 275)

Ø      Next of kin given as HJ Tyne, Attercliffe Rd., Sheffield, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Steam Engineer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company, No. 6 Platoon

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company

o       He was later assigned to the Machine Gun Section 

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


Dec 5, 1914

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with inflamed Tonsils


Dec 7, 1914

Discharged to duty from hospital


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 to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 21, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from the 1.45 pm parade on October 15th in La Clytte.  This was a serious offence as the battalion was forming up to enter the front line trench to relieve the 20th Battalion


Dec 17, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an infected right heel.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 6 CFA Rest Station at Locre


Dec 27, 1915

Transferred to the Mont des Cats rest station


Dec 31, 1915

Discharged to duty


Sep 15, 1916

While operating a machine gun during the advance on a German strong point in a sugar refinery near Courcelette, Private Baron had his right arm blown off by the explosion of an artillery shell. 

He was first evacuated to a Field Ambulance for first aid then transferred to a Casualty Clearing Station were surgery was performed to amputate the remaining portion of his arm close to his shoulder, leaving a stump of approximately 3”. 

He was then transferred to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne


Sep 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Denis

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital

On arrival in England was admitted to the Horton, County of London, War Hospital in Epsom


Mar 9, 1917

Additional surgery was performed to remove bone fragments from the stump and to drain infection


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 4, 1917

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


May 31, 1917

Married to Sarah McPhee, a staff nurse at the Horton War Hospital. Private Baron stated that he was a widower


Jun 2, 1917

Officially granted permission to marry


Jun 18, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia in Liverpool and Invalided to Canada



Jun 29, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario. 

On arrival in Toronto, he was admitted to a Convalescent Home


Jul 12, 1917

Released from hospital to receive treatment as an out patient


Oct 25, 1917

Medical Board notes that his permanent disability is 75% and that an additional stay in hospital is recommended for a further 3 months


Mar 18, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 10 St. Joseph St., Toronto

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 5 Howard Park Ave., Toronto


Mar 8, 1938

Herbert Baron died in Unionville, Ontario and was buried in a Veteran’s plot of the Prospect Cemetery in Toronto


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