Edwin Brennan



Jul 19, 1884

Born in Liverpool, England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Number 59091 (temporary number 400)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. John Brennan, mother, c/o J. Horn, Battyeford, Mirfield, Yorkshire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area 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 to continue training


Jun 13, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days detention for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from June 7 to June 10


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 5, 1916

Sentenced to 28 days Field Punishment for using obscene language to an NCO


Apr 10, 1916

During the fighting at the St. Eloi Craters, Private Brennan was shot in the forehead, just above the right eye, by a sniper’s rifle bullet.  He was carried unconscious to the dressing station for first aid.  He was immediately transported to the No. 13 General Hospital in Boulogne where surgery was performed to remove the bullet by means of a burr hole in the front portion of the skull.

He did not regain consciousness for 4 ½ days.

The following was written later by Capt D. Goudy


Apr 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven

On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital, Cambridge

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


May 17, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom


May 22, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital


May 27, 1916

Transferred to the Bear Wood Convalescent Hospital


Jun 7, 1916

Transferred to the West Cliff Canadian Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone


Jun 20, 1916

Transferred to the Bear Wood Convalescent Hospital


Oct 13, 1916

Granted permission to marry and his next of kin was changed to Mrs. Edwin Brennan, wife, 57 Langborough Rd., Wokingham, England


Nov 21, 1916

Discharged from hospital with a recommendation that he be returned to Canada for discharge


Dec 9, 1916

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital, Orpington with vision problems caused by his wound.


Feb 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Feb 13, 1917

Transferred to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) Buxton, pending discharge in the United Kingdom


Mar 7, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Buxton, Derbyshire, England 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 20 Wentworth Rd., West Croydon, Surrey, England 

A Medical Board at the time of discharge noted that he suffered from frequent headaches in the front portion of his head and vertigo, causing him to fall down on occasion.  This is caused by the bullet wound he received to his head.

His address was later changed to 64 Thornton Rd., Thornton Heath, Croydon, Surrey, England

In 1935 he was reported to be living at 15 Wilshere Ave., St. Albans, Hertfordsire, England


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