Archibald Pearl Christmas

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Nov 12, 1880

Born at Montreal Quebec to Thomas Henry and Jane Gillespie (nee McCaughey) Christmas


Jun 24, 1881

Baptized at the Sherbrooke St Methodist Church, Montreal Quebec


Nov 28, 1907

Married to Gertrude Annie Wilkinson at Kingston Ontario


Aug 1, 1915

Joined the 14th Regiment, Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles at Kingston Ontario with the rank of Lieutenant 

The PWOR records indicate that he was Seconded to the 59th Battalion CEF


Oct 18, 1915

Shown on the 59th Battalion Pay Sheet as being transferred from the 14th PWOR on this date


Jan 27, 1916

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Rank Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as Gertrude Anne Christmas, wife, of 130 Bagot St, Kingston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Broker

Ø      Previous military experience given as being a current member of the 14th Regiment, PWOR

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Feb 23, 1916

Assigned for duty as the Transportation Officer


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


May 29, 1916

On Command to the CMS (Canadian Musketry School) for the PT and BF Course.  The PT is for Physical Fitness, but the BF could either be Battle Fitness or Bayonet Fighting.  I could find no definitive answer for that


Jul 6, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Aug 2, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Aug 3, 1916

Arrived in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion and carried as Supernumerary, which essentially means that he was an extra Officer


Oct 22, 1916

Proceeded on the Lewis Machine Gun Course at Le Touquet


Nov 1, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Jan 15, 1917

Appointed to position of Acting Adjutant, which was later recorded as Assistant Adjutant


Apr 18, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Captain per London Gazette #30238 to replace Capt Brocklebank who had been invalided to England


Jun 18, 1917

Appointed to rank of Temporary Captain per London Gazette #30455


Oct 20, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 1, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jan 30, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 13, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


May 28, 1918

Mentioned in Despatches per London Gazette #30706


Jul 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Aug 4, 1918

Admitted to the Canadian Officer’s Convalescent Hospital at Matlock Bath while on leave and diagnosed with Nervous Debility.  The Doctor’s report states this was probably due to nervous exhaustion from the conditions at the front


Aug 11, 1918

Granted an extension of his leave until August 17, 1918


Aug 17, 1918

Granted a further extension of leave until August 27, 1918


Aug 27, 1918

Discharged from hospital 

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) on being retained in England for duty with the Quartermaster General’s Board of Officers OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) at Seaford


Mar 31, 1919

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 2, 1919

Medical Board at Seaford makes note of a scar on his left hand from “fragment of shrapnel”.  There is no mention in his file of being wounded, or admitted to any hospital other than the hospitalization while on leave.  The conclusion would be that he had been slightly wounded and treated by the Medical Officer at the Battalion Aid Station


Apr 22, 1919

Posted to Military District 3 at Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


May 3, 1919

Embarked the HMT Royal George at Liverpool

Posted to Military District #3, Kingston Ontario


May 14, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston


May 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston 

His proposed residence on discharge was given as Kingston Ontario and he presumably rejoined the 14th Regiment


Mar 20, 1920

Transferred to the Reserve of Officers 

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 483 Elm Ave, Westmount Quebec


Jun 24, 1955

Died at Montreal Quebec


Below, with Capt Wiggins, presumably taken while on leave

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