Albert Carman

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Apr 14, 1881

Born in Norfolk, England to James and Elizabeth (nee Tuck) Carman.


Jan 16, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59139 (temporary number 1273)

Ø      Next of kin given as James Carman, father, Kingston, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brick Mason

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

 The PWOR Archives has a gap in the recruiting list for the PWOR between 1908 and 1914.  I believe that Albert’s brother, Arthur Carman, enlisted during this period.   There are listings for an A Carman and an Albert Carman, both being discharged to the 21st Battalion on January 16, 1915.  I believe both of those listings are for Albert, even though he did not indicate any previous service.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec


May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent.


Aug 16, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe.


Aug 18, 1915

Discharged from hospital.


Aug 22, 1915

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Shorncliffe.


Sep 3, 1915

Transferred to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling.  This was done because the 21st Battalion had proceeded to France while he was in hospital.


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements for the front and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Nov 6, 1915

Left the CBD to join the battalion.


Nov 9, 1915

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near Ridgewood and reassigned to “A” Company.


Dec 20, 1915

Albert’s brother, Arthur Carman, who also served with him in “A” Company, was killed in action in the front line N & O trench system.


Mar 10, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an ear infection.


Mar 12, 1916

Transferred to No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Mar 14, 1916

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 20 General Hospital, Camiers diagnosed with an infection of the middle ear.


Mar 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital.


Mar 19, 1916

Admitted to the No. 1 Northern General Hospital, Newcastle.


Apr 5, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House, Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Uxbridge.


Apr 8, 1916

Transferred to the Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone.  Here the diagnosis is changed to read Chronic Otitis Media and Nasal Obstruction.


May 31, 1916

Transferred to the Moore Barracks Hospital, Shorncliffe and Rheumatic Fever is added to the diagnosis and a heart murmur is detected.


Aug 13, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Buxton.


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital, Folkestone.  His deafness is considered to be permanent and recommended for light duty work in England only.


Nov 18, 1916

Discharged from the Westcliffe Hospital and reported to the CCAC at Shoreham.


Nov 20, 1916

The Medical Board at Shoreham recommends that he be returned to Canada for discharge as being medically unfit.


Nov 22, 1916

Transferred to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) pending return to Canada.


Dec 8, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Liverpool.

Dec 18, 1916

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


Dec 24, 1916

On arrival in Kingston he was admitted to the Richardson Convalescent Home.


Feb 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital but continued treatment as an Out-Patient.


Mar 22, 1917

The Medical Board at Kingston indicates that in addition to being deaf in his left ear, and restricted hearing in the other, he also suffers from VDH (Valvular Disease Heart) and Rheumatic Fever.


Apr 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF as Medically Unfit for further service.

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario


Jun 24, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston diagnosed with Myalgia.  While in hospital he was further diagnosed with Cancer of the bowel and progressive asthenia.


Sep 3, 1918

Surgery was performed to remove the cancer and repair the bowel.


Sep 9, 1918

At 7.35 pm, Private Albert Carman died from complications of the surgery and cancer of the bowel which had spread into the abdomen.

Cataraqui Cemetery
Kingston, Ontario


Sep 10, 1918

And inquiry into the circumstances of his death was held and the findings noted his medical condition and subsequent surgery. 

His death was determined to be war related and the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Carman, 161 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario.


The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James Carman, at the same address.

his Memorial Cross is pictured below

Private Albert Carman is commemorated on the Wall of Honour in Kingston, Ontario

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