George Emanuel Cann

Jun 21, 1876

Born in Port Hope, Ontario to Richard and Fanny (nee Grant) Cann


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59136 (temporary number 258)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Samuel Eastcott, mother, Quay, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 40th Regiment and 6 years in the 46th Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

Attested with the provisional rank of Corporal

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 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 1, 1915

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 17, 1915

Employed as Divisional Carpenter


Jan 1, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Division Engineers for duty


Feb 26, 1916

Attached to the 16th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jul 18, 1916

Transferred to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers


Aug 29, 1916

Joined 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers in France


Sep 12, 1916

Reported sick suffering from Rheumatism and Influenza


Sep 16, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Patrick


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Kitchener Hospital in Brighton

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


Nov 9, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Convalescent Home in Uxbridge


Jan 4, 1917

Discharged from the convalescent hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Jan 8, 1917

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings for duty


Jan 19, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Army Service Corps for duty in Seaford


Feb 26, 1917

Ceased to be attached and returned to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the CERD (Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot) and attached to the Canadian Army Service Corps in Seaford


Mar 16, 1917

Transferred to the BCRD (British Columbia Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Jul 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Headquarters in Seaford


Aug 13, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal without pay


Oct 31, 1917

Transferred to the British Columbia Regimental Depot in Seaford


Nov 8, 1917

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


Nov 17, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia in Liverpool



Nov 30, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Dec 14, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Rheumatism

Ø  Has lost about 20 lbs

Ø  Patient feels weak and has a slight cough

Ø  Requires dental treatment

Ø  15% disability probably lasting for 3 months

Ø  No treatment is recommended

Following this medical exam Corporal Cann was transferred to the #3 Special Service Company in Kingston, Ontario


Feb 20, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Bronchitis and Rheumatism

Ø  Has lost 20 lbs since enlistment

Ø  Persistent cough since arriving in England

Ø  Suffers from chronic pain in ankles and knees, aggravated by damp weather

Ø  Feels weak

Ø  His disability is rated as 25% expected to last for at least 6 months

Ø  Medical Category classed as C3, capable of sedentary work only


Feb 27, 1918

Transferred to the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston, Ontario




Mar 5, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Box 204 Port Hope, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 164 MacPherson Ave., Toronto, Ontario


Mar 29, 1918

Married to Mary Elizabeth Bentley in Uxbridge, Ontario


May 1, 1931

George Emanuel Cann died while a patient in the Christie Street Hospital, Toronto, Ontario of Haemolytic Anaemia and Terminal Septicemia and was buried in the Scarborough Lawn Cemetery, Scarborough, Ontario, now known as Resthaven Memorial Gardens.  His death was ruled as “attributable to Military Service”.

Following his death, the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were issued to his widow, Mrs. Mary E. Cann, 164 MacPherson Ave., Toronto, Ontario

A Memorial Cross was issued to his mother, Mrs. Samuel Eastcott, Box 204 Port Hope, Ontario

There was no Memorial Cross issued to his widow as they had married following his discharge



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