Gordon Robert Carnochan

Feb 4, 1899

Born in Dorset, Ontario to William Reid and Janet (nee Thompson) Carnochan


Mar 3, 1917

Attested into the 252nd Battalion CEF in Haliburton, Ontario

Ø  Number 1087218

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Wm. Carnochan, mother, Haliburton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

His brother William Carnochan attested into the same battalion 3 weeks later

On attesting he stated that his father was living in Dorset, Ontario and that his parents had divorced.  His mother was living in Haliburton, Ontario


May 29, 1917

Embarked the RMS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia along with his brother, William Carnochan.



Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival in Seaford, the battalion was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training.


Jun 19, 1917

Admitted to the Ravenscroft Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Measles.  This was later changed to read Mumps


Jul 18, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 20, 1917

His brother William, joined the 21st Battalion at the front


Jan 28, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Feb 10, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Apr 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 18, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France as part of a draft of 7 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


May 13, 1918

His brother William Carnochan William Carnochan died of wounds received in action while in hospital in England


May 15, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Carnochan joined the 21st Battalion in Wailly, France and was assigned to “D” Company


Jun 3, 1918

While in the front line trenches near Neuville Vitasse, France, Private Carnochan received shrapnel wounds to his back and after receiving first aid at the British 2/1 London Field Ambulance, was evacuated to the No. 57 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment.


Jun 4, 1918

Transferred via the No. 34 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne


Jun 6, 1918

Transferred to the No. 10 Convalescent Depot in Ecault to continue his recovery from those wounds


Jul 3, 1918

Discharged from hospital to duty with the base depot


Jul 6, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness


Jul 14, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 7, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion preparing for the attack on Marcelcave, France


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge and entered Germany as part of the post war occupying force


On entering Germany, the battalion proceeded to billets in Seigburg


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


On disembarking in England, the battalion proceeded to “P” Wing, Witley to prepare for their return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279706

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Haliburton, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medal (shown below) were sent to him at 108 Parliament St., Toronto, Ontario

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