Sydney Chiswell

Sep 9, 1894

Born in Ottawa, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59157 (temporary number 735)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Benedict, 3 Avon Lane, Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Locomotive Storeman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


Jun 14, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Tonsillitis


Jun 24, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 15, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from the 1:45 pm parade

It is important to note that the battalion was forming up to move into the front line trench and he was 1 of 23 men who were absent from that parade.


Nov 29, 1915

Proceeded on course at the Bombing School


Jan 12, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace L/Cpl T Gauthier who had been promoted


May 23, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl JH Palmer who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s capture of the heavily fortified sugar factory on the Somme, Corporal Chiswell received a shrapnel wound to his left arm and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further treatment


Sep 18, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel from his arm


Oct 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe


On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 1 Western General Hospital, Fazakerley, Liverpool

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


Oct 25, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Nov 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Command Depot in Shoreham for Physical Training


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling and was posted to “B” Company.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion it was moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Jul 31, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Chronic Bronchitis


Aug 11, 1917

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Nov 15, 1917

Granted permission to marry and his next of kin was changed to read Mrs. Maisie Chiswell, 43 Sperling Road, Bruce Grove, Tottenham, England


Feb 28, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Sergeant with pay


Jul 24, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Dec 12, 1918

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Hastings, Sussex with a diagnosis that reads Hematuria (blood in the urine).


Dec 18, 1918

Transferred to the No. 13 Canadian General Hospital in Etchinghill 

Dec 28, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Military Hospital in Lyminge and the diagnosis was changed to read Latent Syphilis


Mar 13, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 10, 1919

Medical Board in Seaford notes

Ø  General condition is poor

Ø  Poorly nourished

Ø  Musculature is poor

Ø  Patient states he is not as strong as he used to be

Ø  Present condition will last for at least 6 months

Ø  Patient will be unable to continue previous occupation until his condition improves

Ø  Board recommends patient be returned to Canada for discharge


Jun 13, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Discharge Depot in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jul 31, 1919

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Aug 8, 1919

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 9, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 328588

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge No. 3 Avon St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 92 Rue Saint-Louis, Sherbrooke, Quebec


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