Matthew Mutrie Calderwood



Oct 16, 1893

Born in Paisley, Scotland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø      Number 59129 (temporary number 278)

Ø      Next of kin given as Barbara Calderwood, Paisley, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Fireman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter 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


Jul 6, 1915

Forfeits 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 2, 1915

Absent from the CO’s parade in Dranoutre and sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2.  This was significant because the battalion was forming up in order to march into the front line trench.

It is worthy to note that he was 1 of 7 men who were absent from that parade.  All 7 were given the same punishment


Sep 28, 1916

During fighting at, or near the Regina Trench, near Courcelette, he received a concussion, contusions and burns to his arms and was admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 2 CFA Rest Station to recover


Oct 7, 1916

Discharged to duty from the No. 2 CFA and rejoined the battalion 3 days later in Fieffes, France, north of Amiens


Oct 18, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Salvage Company for duty


Dec 28, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 8, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 30, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Canadian Division Employment Company but remained attached to the Salvage Company


Oct 3, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 6, 1919

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 7, 1919

TOS the 21st Battalion and Attached to the 2nd Division Headquarters to be employed as a Batman


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia in Boulogne, France with the 21st Battalion

On arrival in England proceeded to the CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) Witley and was TOS the “P” Wing pending return to Canada


May 5, 1919

Ceased to be attached to the division headquarters and posted to the 2nd Canadian Division Labour Pool


Jul 25, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Witley


Jul 27, 1919

Transferred to “M” Wing at Witley


Sep 6, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnekahda in London


Sep 14, 1919

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


Sep 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214254

Ø      Proposed residence on Discharge The Cedars, Grafton, Ontario 

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 102 Queen St., Ottawa, Ontario

Shown above are the 1914-15 Star and Victory Medals.  If you know the location of the missing British War Medal, please contact the webmster 


Jul 1, 1961

Died in hospital in Ottawa, Ontario


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