John Vincent Curtin

Jun 8, 1885

Born in Toronto, Ontario to John and Mary (nee Sweeny) Curtin


Jun 1, 1909

Married to Mary Ellen “Nellie” Connolly in Toronto, Ontario


Mar 23, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59227 (temporary number 1312)

Ø  Next of kin Nellie Curtin, wife, 191 Dalhousie St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Chauffer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   He was later posted to “A” Company

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Curtin received shrapnel wounds to his right foot and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid.  This was followed by a transfer to the nearby casualty clearing station before being transferred to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital in Le Treport


Sep 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Frensham Hill Military Hospital in Farnham

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


Oct 30, 1916

Transferred to the Bearwood Park Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Wokingham


Nov 30, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and reported to the CCAC in Hastings


Dec 5, 1916

Medical Board at Hasting notes that his shrapnel wounds have healed.  However, the patient complains of back and leg pain when walking.  This is a result of having flat feet that was noted when he attested.


Dec 7, 1916

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings for duty


Feb 3, 1917

Attached to the No. 1 Detachment of the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) in Ashford


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while attached to the Ordnance Corps


Jul 9, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 27, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 448 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 6, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Curtin rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Villers au Bois, France


Dec 10, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 19, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the Royal Engineers


Mar 25, 1918

Attached to the 2nd Divisional Train for duty


Sep 12, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 29, 1918

Rejoined the 2nd Divisional Train from leave

There is nothing in the file to indicate when he rejoined the 21st Battalion


Dec 13, 1918

Private Curtin crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre for England


On arrival in England transferred to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

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


May 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277631

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number 55707

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 24 Roxton Rd., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 24 Roxton Rd., Toronto, Ontario


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