Roy Clyde



Oct 24, 1894

Born at Redditch England 

Some documents read Redditch Ontario, but I can find no community by that name.  Most documents in the service file indicate that he was born in England


Nov 10, 1914

Volunteered for the CEF at the Lindsay Ontario Recruiting Office


Nov 16, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59172 (temporary number 708)

Ø      Next of kin given as Leslie Clyde (brother) of Kirkfield Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later recorded as Insurance Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       Later reorganized into “C” Company


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Mar 18, 1916

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station at No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Influenza


Mar 26, 1916

Transferred to No 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples, diagnosis now reads Deviation Septum Nasal which is a displacement of the cartilage in the nose


Apr 4, 1916

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers, and Scabies is now added to the diagnosis


Apr 11, 1916

Discharged from hospital to No 3 Base Depot


Apr 18, 1916

Left Base Depot to join unit


Apr 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 15, 1916

While carrying a tray of acid to wash his feet, he splashed some in his eyes.  He was treated by the Battalion Medical Officer but reported some loss of vision in left eye.


Sep 15, 1916

During the night of September 15/16 Pte Clyde was buried twice by shells exploding close by.  On the second occasion, he received severe shrapnel wounds to his face and right eye.  He was treated at the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) near Albert.


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to the No 1 Australian Hospital where surgery was performed to remove his eye.


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Maheno


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


Sep 18, 1916

Admitted to No 2 Southern General Hospital at Bristol


Sep 29, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park


Nov 7, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Westcliffe Eye, Nose and Ear Hospital at Folkestone 

Four different surgeries were performed here on his right eye socket to prepare for an artificial eye 

He is also noted as suffering from Shell Shock


Jan 26, 1917

A glass eye was fitted on this date


Feb 2, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the CCAC at Hastings for light duties


Feb 5, 1917

Placed On Command to the Garrison Duty Depot at Hastings for light duties at the Prisoner of War Camp


Mar 19, 1917

Posted to the Depot Company at EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) at Seaford where he was employed in the Orderly Room


Apr 5, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


May 8, 1917

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


May 12, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic at Liverpool



May 21, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


May 25, 1917

Medical Board at Montreal notes that in addition to the loss of the right eye, he is suffering from Shell Shock and diminished vision in left eye.  He suffers from headaches and dizzy spells.  Board recommends that he be admitted to a Convalescent Home for 3 months


May 31, 1917

Admitted to the Spadina Military Hospital Toronto Ontario as an Outpatient


Jun 20, 1917

Admitted to the Toronto General Hospital


Jun 22, 1917

Additional surgery performed on the eye socket


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to Spadina Military Hospital Toronto


Jul 21, 1917

Discharged and listed as an outpatient pending discharge from the CEF


Aug 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario


Sep 1, 1917

Received his first payment of a $192 per year pension


Oct 25, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Hagersville Ontario 

In March of 1931 he married and moved to the Gaspé Peninsula, Quebec


Nov 3, 1961

Deceased and buried in the Field of Honour, Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec


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