Francis Hunter Burns


Feb 15, 1876

Born at Kingston Ontario 

This date is taken from his 1914 Attestation Papers, but a medical report records his birth year as 1870, while the 1911 Census records his birth year as 1872


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59119 (temporary number 380)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Francis (Gertrude) Burns (wife) of 254 Division St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Driver

o       Later noted as Electric Crane Operator for the Canadian Locomotive Company

Ø      Previous military experience given as 28 years with the 14th Regiment, PWOR

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Feb 2, 1915

Promoted to provisional rank of Cpl


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of Cpl


Sep 1, 1915

Transferred to No 4 Company (“D” Coy)


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkstone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Nov 27, 1915

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Feb 25, 1916

Fined $5 and sentenced to 14 days extra fatigues for: 

1  - Late for parade

2  - Drunk and committing a nuisance on parade


Jun 27, 1916

Admitted to No 13 General Hospital at Boulogne with shrapnel wounds to left arm and ear


Jul 1, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Jul 5, 1916

Admitted to Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Oct 28, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Nov 20, 1916

Medical Board at Granville Special Hospital notes: 

Ø      Shrapnel wound to arm causing limited movement

Ø      Suffers from Rheumatism

Ø      Is overage

Ø      Fit for Permanent Base Duty only


Nov 30, 1916

Discharged from hospital to CCAC at Hastings


Dec 9, 1916

On Command to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) at Hastings


Jan 10, 1917

On Command to Garrison Duty Company at Crowborough


Mar 15, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford


Mar 16, 1917

Posted to Canadian Engineer’s Regimental Depot


Mar 20, 1917

Medical Board notes diagnosis as “Suspected Pulmonary Tuberculosis”.  Notes that he has lost considerable weight, has trouble keeping food down, has extremes in temperature and trouble sleeping. 

Board declares him unfit for any duty and recommends he be invalided to Canada for treatment.


Apr 10, 1917

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne with Gastritis


Apr 28, 1917

Ceases to be On Command to GDD and placed On Command to CCH (Canadian Convalescent Hospital) at Eastbourne


Jun 18, 1917

Discharged from hospital and SOS (Struck Off Strength) to Canada 

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia at Liverpool



Jun 29, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 9, 1917

Admitted to the Mowat Sanatorium at Kingston


Dec 28, 1917

Medical Board at the Mowat Hospital, Kingston declares him unfit for any service and recommends discharge, and that he be re-examined in 6 months


Jan 31, 1918

Discharged at Kingston Ontario as medically unfit for further service


Jan 28, 1919

Admitted to the St Anne De Bellevue Hospital, near Montreal Quebec, with Neurasthenia


Mar 7, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Apr 18, 1921

On this date, and on Sept 12, 1921, the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to 123 Stephen St, Kingston Ontario


Apr 19, 1940

Deceased, death caused by service related illness.

St Mary's Cemetery
Kingston ON


May 31, 1940

Memorial Cross sent to widow, Mrs Gertrude Burns, at 127 Stephen St, Kingston Ontario


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