John Campbell



May 26, 1896

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Oct 28, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59134 (temporary number 163)

Ø      Next of kin given as Katie Campbell, sister, Glasgow, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       This was later recorded as Machinist and Fireman

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “A” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Mar 6, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston General Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Mar 13, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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 8, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a sprained right ankle after falling into a shell crater while on a work party the previous night.  He was transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station in Godewaersvelde, France, near the Belgian border


Jan 17, 1916

Transferred to the North Midlands CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jan 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 15, CCS


Feb 5, 1916

Discharged to duty at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Aug 31, 1916

His medical category was changed to “C” and invalided to England.

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


Sep 4, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe


Sep 11, 1916

Discharged from hospital and classified as PBD (Permanent Base Duty), meaning that he could not return to the front


Sep 12, 1916

Attached to the CMS (Canadian Musketry School) for duty at Bexhill


Oct 28, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Apr 15, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the CTS (Canadian Training School) in Bexhill for duty


Apr 17, 1917

Attached to the Musketry School again


Jun 4, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Hermitage, Hastings with foot and leg pain.  It was discovered that the previous diagnosis of a sprained ankle was in error and that there had been a fracture of the Tibia bone that was poorly healed, and the ankle is deformed as a result 

He had to be fitted with special boots to ease the pain when walking.


Jun 13, 1917

Transferred from the EORD to the CTS, Bexhill for permanent duty although still in hospital


Jul 27, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 17, 1917

Transferred to the General Depot from the Training School


Aug 3, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 14 days pay.  The offence for this punishment is not recorded in the file


Aug 23, 1918

Classified as Temporary Base (temporarily not to return to the front) and TOS the CBD in Etaples


Jan 15, 1919

Attached to the Military District #3 Wing at Kinmell Park pending return to Canada


Feb 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool


Feb 9, 1919

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


Feb 11, 1919

Posted to the Casualty Company, Military District #3, Kingston


Feb 12, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 25th.


Mar 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90459

Ø      War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C155157

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 831 Montreal St., Kingston, Ontario

Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 202 Simcoe St., Toronto, Ontario


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