John Corlett

Sep 9, 1882

Born in Harrington, England


Nov 16, 1912

Married to Eleanor Stafford in Toronto, Ontario.  John listed his occupation as Railroader and gave his religion as Episcopalian


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59202 (temporary number 1050)

Ø  Next of kin given as Eleanor Corlett, wife, c/o Commercial Hotel, Hamilton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Express Messenger

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the 3rd Border Regiment in England

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 22, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Acting Corporal


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


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 15, 1916

During heavy fighting at the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private John Corlett received shrapnel wounds to his right 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. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Sep 23, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Salta


On arrival in England he was admitted the Fulham Military Hospital in Hammersmith where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel pieces

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


Oct 12, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bromley and Gonorrhea was added to the diagnosis


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe


Jan 14, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and attached to the Military Hospital in Shorncliffe for Base Duty


Apr 11, 1917

Ceased to be attached and reported to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


May 7, 1917

Transferred to the CAMCD (Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot) in Westenhanger, England


May 11, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jul 1, 1917

Attached to the Shorncliffe Military Hospital for duty


Sep 10, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Sep 24, 1917

Ceased to be attached and transferred to the No. 9 Canadian General Hospital in Shorncliffe for duty


Feb 23, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Apr 2, 1918

Transferred to the CAMC Depot and reverted to the rank of Private


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to the Hospital Ship Araguaya for duty



Nov 10, 1918

While employed in the dinning mess aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya during heavy seas, Private Corlett lost his balance and fell.  In doing so, his hand hit a table and tore his thumbnail, requiring medical attention


Mar 7, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal


Aug 8, 1919

Struck Off Strength of the Hospital Ship Araguaya and Taken On Strength District Depot No. 7 in Saint John, New Brunswick


Aug 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Saint John, New Brunswick

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 290501

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 1504A Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 1499 Dundas St. W., Toronto, Ontario


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