Michael Pius Clarkin

Jul 11, 1895

Born in Kelly’s Cross, Prince Edward Island to Michael and Lavinia Winifred (nee Tierney) Clarkin


Oct 31, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Feb 20, 1918

Conscripted into 1st Depot Battalion, NSR (Nova Scotia Regiment) under the MSA in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Ø  Number 3204003

Ø  Next of kin given as Michael Clarkin, father, 70 Douglas St., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Ø  Previous occupation given as Egg Lighter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “H” Company


Apr 7, 1918

Embarked the SS Ulua in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 20, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Segregation Camp in Frensham Pond to ensure that there were no cases of Influenza onboard.

The draft was absorbed into the 17th Reserve Battalion


May 29, 1918

Joined the 17th Reserve Battalion in Bramshott and was posted to “C” Company to continue training


Jun 11, 1918

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads Acute Suppurative Otitis Media, an ear infection


Jun 20, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the 85th Battalion


Sep 21, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 85th Battalion


Sep 25, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Clarkin joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Sep 30, 1918

Without having physically joined the 85th Battalion, Private Clarkin was transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Oct 1, 1918

Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Oct 3, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Clarkin joined the 21st Battalion on the Hindenburg Support Line, south-west of Bourlon, France as part of a draft of 156 reinforcements and posted to “B” Company


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 2nd Canadian Division across the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the occupying force



Mar 9, 1919

Assigned to Guard Duty in Wanlin, south of Namur, Belgium


Mar 22, 1919

Attached to the 25th Battalion CEF for the purpose of returning to Canada with that battalion


Apr 3, 1919

While the rest of the 21st Battalion proceeded to England, Private Clarkin remained in France and was posted to the Canadian Records List for pay purposes


Apr 8, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to “J” Wing in Witley, pending return to Canada


May 10, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



May 16, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


May 25, 1919

Michael Pius Clarkin was discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 311630

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 179 Queen St., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 38 Longworth Ave., Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


Aug 20, 1919

Married to Ethel McQuigan in Prince Edward Island


Apr 17, 1976

Michael Pius Clarkin died in Charlottetown, and was buried in the Roman Catholic Cemetery, Parkdale, Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island


His service file indicates that he stated his birth date as July 10, 1897 and his Baptism Certificate shows his birth date as July 11, 1895.  However, his grave marker shows a birth year of 1898


Michael Clarkin’s Victory Medal


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