Henry Alexander Doran

May 24, 1895

Born in Glasgow, Scotland to Henry and Elizabeth (nee McDonald) Doran.  Following the death of his father, his mother remarried and changed her surname to Cardow


Apr 4, 1908

Embarked the SS Grampian in Glasgow under the care of the Quarrier’s Orphan’s Homes of Scotland



Apr 14, 1908

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to the Fairknowe Home, Brockville Ontario, initially opened by Mr. William Quarrier from Scotland.  This home was eventually operated by the Quarrier’s charity 

Henry was eventually placed with the Dempsey family in Russell, Ontario where he was listed as a Domestic


Below are 2 photos of the Fairknowe Home, on the left as it was in 1911
and on the right as it stood in 2011



Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59268 (temporary number 997)

Ø  No next of kin was given on attesting

o   This was later changed to read Mrs. F. Doran, mother, 20 Ansboro St., Glasgow, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   He was later transferred to “C” Company and then to the Transport Section

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


Jan 4, 1915

Admitted to the Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Psoriasis


Jan 10, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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 7, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 26, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 6, 1917

Married to Hannah Margaret Fallon in Glasgow, Scotland.  Her address was given as 6 Eglinton Lane SS, Glasgow


Feb 10, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 20, 1917

Granted 14 days leave

Granted permission to marry.  This permission was clearly granted after the fact as he had married the previous February


Jan 8, 1918

Arrested in London, England when he surrendered for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) as he had overstayed his leave.  He was sent to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford as a prisoner


Jan 13, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France under escort


Jan 18, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in Villers-Au-Bois, France under escort


Feb 4, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 1 and forfeited total of 8 days pay for his absence


Nov 2, 1918

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade for duty


Dec 13, 1918

Private Doran crossed the Bonn Bridge with the 21st Battalion to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force.  The battalion proceeded to Seigburg



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia


On arrival in England he was posted to the “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 30, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


May 19, 1919

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 21, 1919

Transferred to Military District #3 in Kinmel Park, pending return to Canada


May 31, 1919

Embarked the SS Adriatic in Liverpool



Jun 8, 1919

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


Jun 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 192725

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge GPO Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at General Delivery, Edmonton, Alberta


Jul 11, 1920

His wife Hannah disembarked the SS Saturnia in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario to join him


Apr 2, 1929

Henry Doran made application for a land grant in Whitecourt, Alberta.  On his application he recorded his wife and 2 children and stated his intention to farm the land if granted to him

His wife Hannah was not happy in Canada and returned to Scotland with her 2 children where she remarried


Mar 9, 1965

A replacement set of medals were sent to him at Shawnigan Lake Post Office, British Columbia



Henry Doran died in 1967 and was buried in the Shawnigan Community Cemetery in Shawnigan, British Columbia



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