John Claude Clement



Oct 21, 1896

Born at Colchester England


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59166 (temporary number 623)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs IF Payen (employer) of Toronto Ontario

o       Later changed to Mrs LK Leake (friend) of 1243 Gerrard St, Toronto Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company

o       He was later transferred to “C” Company


Jan 7, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Military Hospital with inflamed Tonsils


Jan 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


May 15, 1915

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


Jun 17, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jun 20, 1915

Forfeited 4 days pay for being AWL, but this was later changed to a forfeiture of 1 days pay


Jul 28, 1915

Admitted to the Shorncliffe Moore Barracks Military Hospital diagnosed with Appendicitis


Aug 1, 1915

Transferred to the Bevan Military Hospital at Sandgate and on admission complained of abdominal pain


Aug 20, 1915

Discharged from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


May 2, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days FP (Field Punishment) No 1 for Direct Disobedience of an Order


Jun 26, 1916

In the front line trench near Ypres, he was going over the German parapet to get prisoners when they were discovered and fired upon.  He was buried in the trench by a shell explosion and dug out by his comrades.  He proceeded back to his own lines and went to the Battalion Aid Station where the Battalion Medical Officer sent him to the Field Ambulance dressing station.


Jun 28, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Shell Shock 

Transferred same day to No 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jul 5, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington Kent 

On admission complained of abdominal pain, pain near the heart and loss of hearing


Aug 3, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Aug 16, 1916

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Monks Horton Hospital for PT (Physical Training) and therapy


Sep 17, 1916

Declared fit for full duty and transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion, then same day is transferred to the 11th Reserve Battalion


Sep 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 28, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA then transferred same day to No 6 CCS with shrapnel wound to forefinger of left hand


Aug 16, 1917

Admitted to No 3 Australian General Hospital at Abbeville


Aug 27, 1917

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Sep 6, 1917

Discharged from hospital to Base Details at Etaples 

TOS No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot)


Sep 25, 1917

Sentenced to 4 days FP No 1 for Creating a Disturbance


Sep 27, 1917

Joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Centre)


Oct 9, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Nov 3, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA with another shrapnel wound to his left hand 

Transferred same day to No 44 CCS


Nov 4, 1917

Transferred to No 2 Australian Hospital at Wimereux


Nov 10, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to the Queen Alexandria Military Hospital at Millbank 

X-ray report shows shrapnel fragment is still in his hand.  The decision was made to leave it there as there was no interference with bone or nerves


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Dec 7, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD at Seaford


Apr 22, 1918

Ceases to be attached to 3rd CCD on admission to the Canadian Military Hospital at Etchinghill diagnosed with Syphilis 

This diagnosis was later changed to read Urethritis NV (a nongonorrheal bacterial infection) today commonly called Chlamydia


May 18, 1918

Posted to EORD


Jul 16, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to 3rd CCD for PT and therapy


Aug 29, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jan 6, 1919

On Command to MD3 at Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 15, 1919

Admitted to Kinmel Park Hospital diagnosed with Gonorrhea


Jan 17, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Special Hospital at Etchinghill


Jan 18, 1919

Ceases to be On Command on admission to Hospital


Mar 10, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to MD3 Wing at Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 20, 1919

Embarked the SS Regina at Liverpool



May 28, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277828

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Westport Ontario


Jul 8, 1921

Address changed to read 916 Doris St, Los Angeles California, USA


Oct 19, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 916 Doris St, Los Angeles California, USA 

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