Gordon Edward Burtt MC



Apr 30, 1896

Born at Trenton Ontario


Dec 10, 1914

Appointed Lance Corporal


Dec 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59121 (Temporary number 1163)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs AH Burtt (mother) of Trenton Ontario

Ø      Occupation given as “Student”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp 

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in rank of L/Cpl


Aug 16, 1915

Promoted to rank of Corporal to replace Cpl Jarrett


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 29, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sargeant to replace Sgt Stanbridge


Apr 21, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sargeant


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Australian Hospital with shrapnel wounds to back and thigh.


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick



Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to Highfield Military Hospital but tended to at No 1 Western General Hospital, Liverpool 

TOS CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre), Folkestone


Oct 21, 1916

Bullet removed from back


Mar 11, 1917

TOS EORD Seaford


Mar 23, 1917

Transferred to Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Ramsgate with shrapnel wounds to back, thigh and knee


Apr 5, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Apr 16, 1916

Rejoined 6th Reserve Battalion from sick leave


Apr 27, 1917

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on transfer to EORD


May 5, 1917

On Command OTC Bexhill


Jul 1, 1917

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion as a Commissioned Officer per London Gazette #30191


Jul 3, 1917



Aug 17, 1917

Next of Kin changed to read “Mrs GE Burtt” RNS “Davos” Williston, Chester England 

Also notify Mrs AK Burtt, Trenton Ontario


Nov 23, 1917

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on being drafted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 24, 1917

TOS 21st Battalion on arriving at No 2 CIBD


Dec 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Feb 2, 1918

Proceeded on Course in the field


Feb 9, 1918

Rejoined battalion from course


Mar 4, 1918

Admitted to No 5 CCS with shrapnel wounds to left arm, left leg (severe), thigh, and hand. 

Left leg amputated


Mar 13, 1918

Transferred to Duchess of Westminster Hospital, Le Toquet


Mar 23, 1918

Invalided to England and posted to EORD


Mar 24, 1918

Transferred to 2nd West General Hospital at Manchester


Mar 30, 1918

Transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Buxton


Apr 5, 1918

Transferred to Officer’s Granville Canadian Special Hospital Buxton


May 13, 1918

Awarded the Military Cross London Gazette #30681



May 14, 1918

Medical Board report at Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton 

Ø      Wounded by bomb on the Lens front

Ø      Left leg shattered, with other wounds to right thigh, left elbow and right hand

Ø      Left leg amputated

Ø      Present disability 100% but will diminish

Ø      Declared fit to sit for train journey

Ø      Recommend he be returned to Canada 

On Command of HQ OMFC (Overseas Military Force Canada) pending return to Canada


Jun 1, 1918

Embarked the Hospital Ship Neuralia at Avonmouth for Canada



Jun 11, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Jun 16, 1918

Disembarked in Canada and attached to MD #3 and posted to Queen’s Military Hospital for quarters, rations, treatment and pay


Jun 17, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until July 17, 1918


Jul 17, 1918

Admitted to Kingston General Hospital and stump was dressed


Jul 18, 1918

Discharged to ISC (Invalided Soldier’s Commission)


Jul 19, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until August 8, 1918


Aug 10, 1918

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Wounds reviewed and noted as healed

Ø      Declared unfit for any service due to leg amputation

Ø      Recommend referral to ISC (Invalided Soldier’s Commission) for fitting of artificial leg


Aug 17, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until September 5, 1918


Sep 5, 1918

SOS CEF as medically unfit


May 21, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 3 Hammersmith Ave., Toronto Ontario


Feb 11, 1975


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