Ronald Dewey Currie

Nov 28, 1897

Born in Saginaw, Michigan, USA to Archibald Stephen and Catherine (nee Hie) Currie


Feb 9, 1917

Attested into the 254th Battalion CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) in Bancroft, Ontario 

Ø      Number 1093333

Ø      Next of kin given as Archie Currie, father, Bancroft, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

The battalion trained in the Belleville area 

His brother, Allan J. Currie had previously attested into the 155th Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion December 8, 1916.


Jun 2, 1917

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jun 9, 1917

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where it was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Aug 15, 1917

His brother, Allan J. Currie was killed during the fighting at Hill 70 while serving with the 21st Battalion


Jan 4, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jan 5, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 85 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jan 9, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Feb 4, 1918

Left the CC Rein C to join the battalion


Feb 8, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench between the village of Vimy and Lens, France and was assigned to “C” Company


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, Private Ronald Currie received a shrapnel wound to his left thumb and was admitted to the No. 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid.  He was transferred the same day to the nearby CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred to the No. 26 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples


Aug 31, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth

On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester 

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


Sep 10, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Oct 14, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent hospital with 10 days leave.  At the completion of his leave he was ordered to report to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) in Witley to continue his recovery


Nov 14, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 3, 1918

On Command to Kimmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Regina in Liverpool


Dec 20, 1918

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


Dec 23, 1918

TOS Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston, Ontario


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until January 6, 1919


Jan 22, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Bancroft, Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him in Bancroft, Ontario 

In 1965 a replacement set of medals were sent to him in Carrying Place, Ontario


Sep 14, 1921

Married to Ellen Amelia Mindle in Madoc, Ontario 

The Glenbow Museum in Calgary, Alberta lists him as being a prospector with the Pioneer Contractors at Upper Peak Lake, Saskatchewan.  Unfortunately no date was noted. 

A family member states he was employed as a prison guard somewhere in Quebec during WW2


Feb 12, 1978

Died in Frankford, Ontario and buried in the Stockdale, Ontario Cemetery

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