Clifford Boivin


Aug 16, 1896

Born in Ottawa, Ontario to Patrick and Sophronia (nee Joanette) Boivin

This is the birth date given on his attestation below.  However the 1911 Census shows his birth date as August, 1894, which also coincides with the age listed in the book Our Heroes of The Great War


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59077 (temporary number 846)

Ø      Next of kin given as A. Boivin, 133 Lacklin Ave., Ottawa, Ontario.  This address was later changed to 135 Balsam St., Ottawa and the initial A was also changed to read P

o       There is a note in the file to also notify Mrs. W.J. Cleave, sister, 442 Somerset St. W., Ottawa

o       There is also a note to notify Mrs. Redmond, aunt, phone 2623

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brakeman

Ø      Previous military experience given as the 43rd Regiment, D.C.O.R., Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o       He was later transferred to “D” Company 

The Battalion conducted training exercises in Kingston and area


Mar 25, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days detention and fined $2.00.  The reason for this was not recorded in the file


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 to continue training


May 25, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Detention and fined $6.00 for Drunkenness


Jun 11, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia and listed as seriously ill


Jul 1, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 15, 1915

Admitted to the Monks Horton Hospital diagnosed with Pneumonia


Sep 3, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 9, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) and transferred to the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Transferred to “C” Company from the Depot Company

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone

Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company, Canadian Engineers, for duty


Apr 10, 1916

Attached to the #2 Tunnelling Company for duty


May 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an infection in his legs


May 17, 1916

Discharged to duty from #5 CFA


May 28, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company for duty


Jun 23, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1 for being drunk, insolent and resisting arrest when returning from a pass


Jan 9, 1917

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment #1 for being drunk on duty on January 9, 1917


Oct 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 AFA (Australian Field Ambulance) to receive first aid for a gun shot wound to his left leg.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Oct 9, 1917

Transferred via No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers


Oct 13, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot, Etaples


Oct 15, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13 Convalescent Depot


Oct 16, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 Convalescent Depot, Trouville


Nov 16, 1917

Discharged to duty from the convalescent depot


Nov 18, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) of the CGBD (Canadian General Base Depot) and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Nov 23, 1917

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 and forfeits all pay for 28 days for drunkenness on duty and served his punishment at the CGBD


Dec 4, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the tunnelling company and joined the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) for duty


Dec 19, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion on posting to the Canadian Labour Pool


Jan 16, 1918

Attached to the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) for duty


Jan 19, 1918

Attached to the Military Services Department of the YMCA for duty


Jul 5, 1918

SOS the YMCA on transfer to the 9th Area Employment Company


Sep 11, 1918

Forfeited a total of 7 days pay for overstaying a pass


Dec 3, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian General Base Depot, Witley


Jan 6, 1919

Attached to MD #3 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Feb 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool


Feb 8, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


Feb 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 81084

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 442 Somerset St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 87 Greenfield St., Ottawa, Ontario


Jan 25, 1969

Died at an unrecorded location and buried in the National Field of Honour, Point Claire, Quebec.


Pictured is his 1914-15 Star and Victory medals.  The British War Medal is missing.  If you know of it's location, please contact the webmaster.

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