Duncan Alexander MacDonald "Mac" Currie

Sep 25, 1893

Born in Iroquois, Ontario to John and Josephine (nee MacDonald) Currie


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59223 (temporary number 502)

Ø  Next of kin given as John H. Currie, father, Iroquois, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as student

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   Later posted to the Machine Gun Section

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


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 4, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jun 17, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 13, 1916

Admitted to the No. 3 General Hospital in Boulogne, France with a diagnosis that reads Slight Shell Shock


May 3, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot


Jun 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the Base Details in Boulogne


Jun 18, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in reserve billets in Bedford House, Belgium


Aug 21, 1916

Transferred to the CTD (Canadian Training Division) to receive a Commission


Aug 22, 1916

Taken On Strength the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Nov 20, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion with the rank of Temporary Lieutenant


Nov 28, 1916

Admitted to the Millbank Hospital with an infected hand


Dec 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital with sick leave until January 11, 1917


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 28, 1917

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


Feb 16, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin, France


May 7, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion Duncan Currie rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in the “B” Camp near La Clytte, Belgium


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in England with view of obtaining leave to Canada


Aug 23, 1917

Attached to the OMFC (Overseas Military Force of Canada) in London, England


Sep 13, 1917

Granted leave to Canada at his own expense until November 13, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Sep 25, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Iroquois, Ontario



Nov 13, 1917

Granted an extension of leave in Canada until January 13, 1918


Jan 13, 1918

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the OMFC on being retained in Canada and discharged from the CEF

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Iroquois, Ontario


Jun 5, 1919

Medical exam in Kingston, Ontario recommends hospitalization for kidney condition that began while serving in France.  There is no discharge date recorded in the file


Sep 20, 1919

Married to Hilda Annie Summers in Morrisburg, Ontario


Duncan Currie attended the unveiling of the Canadian National Vimy Memorial
in Vimy Ridge, France.  Below is part of an article from the January, 1937
issue of the Communiqu
é, the 21st Battalion post war newsletter



Sep 22, 1941

Duncan Alexander MacDonald Currie died in Morrisburg, Ontario of a Coronary Thrombosis and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery (now known as the Mariatown Cemetery), Morrisburg.  His occupation at the time was given as Dentist.



Nov 8, 1964

Duncan’s wife Hilda, died in Morrisburg, Ontario and was buried in the Fairview Cemetery (now known as the Mariatown Cemetery)


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