Ernest Robert Cunnell

Feb 16, 1883

Born in Athelington, Suffolk, England to Thomas T. and Ellen Betsy (nee Mole) Cunnell


Nov 7, 1906

Married to Florence Emma Stringer in Bedingfield, Suffolk, England


Apr 28, 1911

Ernest and his wife Florence embarked the SS Lake Champlain in Liverpool



May 9, 1911

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Bloomfield, Ontario


Nov 12, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59221 (temporary number 168)

Ø  Next of kin given as Florence Emma Cunnell, wife, Trenton, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

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

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

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


Feb 23, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of 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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Dec 8, 1915

Admitted to the Divisional Rest Station with a diagnosis that reads Enteritis


Dec 9, 1915

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Dec 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital care


Dec 17, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Chilblains in his feet and transferred to the rest station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance in Locre, Belgium


Dec 21, 1915

Transferred to the North Midlands Casualty Clearing Station at Mont des Cats


Dec 23, 1915

Transferred to the No. 15, Casualty Clearing Station


Jan 14, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads Muscular Rheumatism with complaints of pain in the joints of his great toes, ankles and knees.  On admission he is noted as having fallen arches and hammer toes in both feet.


Jan 18, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bevin Military Hospital in Sandgate

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 31, 1916

Transferred to the Monks Horton Convalescent Hospital


Feb 2, 1916

Discharged to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


May 10, 1916

Admitted to the Monks Horton Convalescent Hospital

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


Jun 2, 1916

Discharged from hospital to the CCAC


Sep 23, 1916

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant while employed as Orderly Room Sergeant


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for duty


Mar 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Company Sergeant Major while employed as such at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


May 1, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Corporal


Jul 19, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 7, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Aug 14, 1917

Attached to the Trench Warfare School in Bexhill for duty


Sep 9, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Trench Warfare School


Oct 31, 1917

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 6, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



Nov 14, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Dec 1, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City notes

Ø  No current disability in hips or knees

Ø  Joints of both feet are rigid making walking difficult

Transferred to the No. 3 Special Service Company in Kingston, Ontario


Jan 31, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Fort Henry in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Trenton, Ontario

Following the end of the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Post Office Box 517, Trenton, Ontario


From the 1954 summer issue of the Communiqué
(the 21st Battalion post war newsletter)



Sep 29, 1965

The 1965 Canadian Voter List shows Ernest and Emma Cunnell living at 32 Gotha St., Trenton, Ontario


Jun 5, 1966

Ernest Cunnell died in Trenton, Ontario


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