Arthur Danford

Jul 30, 1893

Born in Stirling, Ontario to Alfred Thomas and Mary Eliza (nee Morrison) Danford


Jan 15, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Coe Hill, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636465

Ø      Next of kin given as Bella Danford, wife, Coe Hill, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

His brother, Charles Danford, attested into the same battalion 2 weeks later 

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area 

On attesting he declared that he had a 2 year old son, Claude Danford 

In all of the documents in the service file requiring a signature, it was noted that he signed with an “X” and a note that it was “his mark”.  This would indicate that he could not write


Jul 7, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Hospital with a cold


Jul 13, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 21st Battalion along with his brother Charles Danford


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Left the CBD and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay and assigned to “B” Company


Apr 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Furenculosis to his legs.  (Abscesses or boils).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 6 CFA


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Apr 12, 1917

Transferred via the No. 21 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux and PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause, was added to the diagnosis


Apr 26, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Northampton War Hospital in Duston, Northampton 

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


Jun 26, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jul 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 7, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Etchinghill, Lyminge with a diagnosis that reads Urethritis, a urinary infection


Aug 15, 1917

While in hospital, the 21st Battalion attacked and captured Hill 70 near Lens, France.  During that attack, his brother, Charles Danford, was killed in action.


Sep 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jan 4, 1918

Posted 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 the 21st Battalion


Jan 9, 1918

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


Jan 21, 1918

Left the CC Rein C and rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench near La Coulotte


Jan 31, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 8, 1918

During the battalion’s advance and capture of Marcelcave, Private Danford received a bullet wound to his neck and was evacuated to the nearby field ambulance


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the No. 11 Stationary Hospital


Aug 12, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Gloucester Castle

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancashire 

Posted to the EORD for pay purposes while in hospital


Aug 13, 1918

Surgery was performed to remove the bullet from his neck


Oct 18, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Cooden Camp, Bexhill


Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from hospital and given 10 days sick leave. 

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 3, 1919

Reported to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford from leave


Mar 18, 1919

TOS MD #3 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Mar 25, 1919

Embarked the SS Scotian in Liverpool


Apr 4, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Apr 7, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246003

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Coe Hill, Ontario 

Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him c/o Coe Hill, Ontario Post Office


Apr 9, 1945

Arthur Danford died in Colborne, Ontario


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