William Craig

Oct 23, 1890

Born in Douglas, Isle of Man


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59214 (temporary number 413)

Ø  Next of kin given as James Craig, father, Cronkbourne Rd., Douglas, Isle of Man

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Feb 18, 1915

Fined $2.00 for Drunkenness


Feb 26, 1915

Fined $6.00 for Drunkenness


Mar 27, 1915

Forfeited 2 day’s pay for being absent


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


Jun 18, 1915

Granted 50¢ per day working pay as a Cook while employed as a Cook in the Sergeant’s Mess


Aug 16, 1915

Forfeited 13 day’s pay and restricted to ½ pay for 2 months for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 11, 1916

Admitted to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), in other words, a fever without a known cause.  It was later known as Trench Fever


Sep 12, 1916

Transferred via the No. 11 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 12 General Hospital in Rouen, France


Sep 17, 1916

Transferred to the Convalescent Depot to continue his recovery


Sep 20, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Havre, France


Sep 27, 1916

His medical classification was changed to “C” meaning that he was not fit for combat duty and transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in England


Sep 29, 1916

Medical Board notes

Ø  Patient is “played out”

Ø  Is quite nervous

Ø  Suffers from muscle tremors


Oct 2, 1916

Admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom with a diagnosis that reads Myalgia.  On admission he complained of pain in his back and legs in addition to having headaches


Nov 10, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 26, 1916

Ceased to draw working pay as a Cook


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Mar 16, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) in Hastings


Aug 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Cellulitis in left forearm.  He had accidentally cut his left arm on a piece of glass that had become infected.


Sep 9, 1917

Discharged from hospital to duty with the 3rd Canadian Command Depot


Nov 10, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Command Depot in Shorncliffe


Dec 1, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion and attached to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot in Seaford


Jan 28, 1918

Medical Board at Seaford notes

Ø  Suffers weakness in right wrist caused by a previous fracture that has not healed properly

Ø  Medically classified as B3, meaning he was only fit for sedentary work

Ø  This was not expected to improve within 6 months


Feb 8, 1918

Taken on the permanent strength of the 3rd Canadian Command Depot for duty


Mar 21, 1918

Transferred to the CFCD (Canadian Forestry Corps Depot) in Sunningdale


May 15, 1918

Transferred to No. 1 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps in France


May 16, 1918

Arrived at the Base Depot in Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) No. 1 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps


May 19, 1918

Joined the No. 1 Company, Canadian Forestry Corps in the Crécy Forest, France


Sep 14, 1918

Proceeded to the School of Cooking in Etaples, France


Oct 13, 1918

Rejoined the 1st Company CFC from course and appointed as Cook with pay of $1.75 per day


Jan 28, 1919

Transferred to England pending return to Canada


Feb 2, 1919

Joined the Canadian Forestry Corps Depot in Sunningdale, England


Mar 20, 1919

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment No. 2 and forfeited 3 days pay for being absent


May 22, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Sergeant

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge c/o Mrs. Mitchell, 51 Varney St., Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at c/o Mrs. Mitchell, 51 Varney St., Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England


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