Victor Albert Crotty, MM

With thanks to Anna Hollinsworth for the photo of her grandfather, and for sharing with our project


Mar 2, 1897

Born at Montreal Quebec


Jun 4, 1911

On the 1911 Census he is shown living at 2088 Hutchison St, Montreal Quebec


Sep 13, 1915

Attested into the 4th Universities Company (McGill University), CEF at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      Number 475277

Ø      Next of kin given as John Wyatt Crotty (father) of 2580 Mance St, Montreal Quebec

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as McGill Auxiliary Battalion

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Oct 5, 1915

Admitted to Montreal General Hospital diagnosed with a Peritonsillar Abscess (an infection in the Tonsils)


Oct 13, 1915

Discharged to duty


Nov 27, 1915

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Dec 7, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and proceeded to the camp at St Martin’s Plain.


Dec 8, 1915            Transferred to the 11th Battalion at Shorncliffe Camp 

Below is a quote from a letter home from another soldier describing the conditions



Mar 21, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on posting to the 39th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling Camp and assigned to the Signals Section


May 7, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 8, 1916

Reported for duty from being AWL and fined 1 day’s pay


Sep 21, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 22, 1916

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


Oct 9, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and was assigned as a Runner in “A” Company 

The Battalion had just moved into Val de Maison France (north of Amiens) after the fighting on the Somme.  Pte Crotty was one of 80 reinforcements that arrived to replace the casualties from that fighting


Nov 22, 1916

At duty from temporary employment with the CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps) 

There is no entry in his file to indicate the date that he was attached to the CMPC


Dec 26, 1916

Proceeded on the Bombing Course


Jan 1, 1917

Returned to duty with the Battalion from the Bombing Course


Aug 2, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 10, 1917

Returned to duty from leave


Feb 23, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to Paris


Mar 11, 1918

Returned to duty from leave


Jun 17, 1918

Granted permission to wear the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 8, 1918

Received a machine gun bullet wound to right shoulder and admitted to No 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance).  He was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

The 21st Battalion was involved in heavy fighting at Marcelcave, near Amiens.  They suffered heavy casualties, including the Commanding Officer L/Col EW Jones, DSO who was killed by machine gun fire.


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to No 5 General Hospital


Aug 10, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Guildford Castle


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


Aug 12, 1918

Transferred to the Graylingwell War Hospital at Chichester


Aug 19, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Sep 4, 1918           The 21st Battalion War Diary recorded the following:



Sep 11, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to #3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Nov 8, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

Placed On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Kimmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Carmania at Liverpool


TOS District Depot #4, Montreal Quebec and posted to the Casualty Company


Dec 29, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


Jan 3, 1919

Admitted to Hospital diagnosed with Influenza


Jan 6, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until January 14, 1919 

There is no discharge date for him leaving hospital, but I would assume it was on this date


Jan 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued (number not recorded)

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 2580 Mance St, Montreal Quebec

Ø      Rank on discharge – Pte


Jan 24, 1919 Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #31142


Dec 30, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 2580 Mance St, Montreal Quebec


Feb 17, 1927

Married to Marie Lea Richard at the United Church Manse, Arvida Quebec


Jul 16, 1936

Caroline Crotty, Victor’s mother, embarked the SS Montcalm with other members of the 21st Battalion for the pilgrimage to Vimy France for the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial.



Jan 1, 1937

Reported to be living at 5922 Hutchison St, Montreal Quebec


Jul 25, 1940

Attested into the Home Guard of Canada for WW2 service 

Ø      Number D110779


Dec 4, 1946

Discharged from the Home Guard with the rank of Sgt Maj, WO Class 1 

His service was in Canada only during WW2


Jan 1, 1960

Reported to be living at 1566 Durham St, Sherbrooke Quebec and working for the Unemployment Insurance Commission


Dec 13, 1963

Deceased at Sherbrooke Quebec 


Buried at the Elmwood Cemetery, Sherbrooke Quebec


Above, Victor Crotty and his wife Marie "Bumpy and Grammie", while below is 
from the Communiqué, the 21st Battalion Association post war newsletter


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