Alexander Cameron

May 22, 1864

Born in Rothes, Morayshire, Scotland


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59132 (temporary number 619)

Ø  Next of kin given as Maggie Cameron, wife, Bobcaygeon, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

On attesting he lied about his age, stating he had been born May 22, 1875.  Had he been truthful, he would not have been accepted as he was overage.

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 4, 1916

Attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade to be employed as a Trench Warden


Apr 1, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Jul 12, 1916

Attached to the 4th Infantry Brigade to be employed as a Transport Driver


Nov 5, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 4, 1917

While transporting coal in a truck to the town of Bruay, France, he was stopped on the road between Auchel and Marles-les-Mines and when he exited his vehicle, he was struck by a passing truck that drove over his feet and fractured the 2nd and 3rd Metatarsal bones in his left foot.  He was evacuated to the No. 23, CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Feb 5, 1917

Transferred to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux


Feb 8, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Wanstead Hospital in Margate, London

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 11, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 26, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jan 25, 1918

Medical Board in Seaford notes

Ø  Patient complains of shortness of breath on exertion

Ø  Weakness of left foot

Ø  Left foot deformed due to poor alignment of bones

Ø  Slight hardening of the arteries

Ø  Classified as Biii, meaning his only capable of non-combat sedentary work only

His condition is not expected to improve within 6 months


Feb 23, 1918

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Feb 27, 1918

Embarked the SS Ongar (formerly SS Corsican) in Liverpool



Mar 17, 1918

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


May 3, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Lindsay, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Bobcaygeon, Ontario


Feb 6, 1953

Alexander Cameron died of a heart attack while a patient in the Sunnybrook Veteran’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario and was buried in the Pine Hills Cemetery in Scarborough



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