John George Doran


Apr 24, 1890

Born in Ottawa, Ontario to Michael and Catherine (nee Lawlor) Doran


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario 

Ø      Number 59269 (temporary number 856)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Margery Doran, sister, 40 Sophia St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Steamboat Fireman

Ø      Previous military experience given as the 18th Mounted Rifles, and the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company 

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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


May 16, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Jun 2, 1915

Transferred to the Lichfield Central Hospital


Jun 28, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 3, 1915

Married to Winifred Le Duc in St. Martin District, Covent Garden, London


Aug 4, 1915

Forfeited 4 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 4 days


Aug 16, 1915

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


Aug 22, 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


From the Communiqué (the battalion’s post war newsletter) August, 1964 edition


Oct 15, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment #2 for being absent from the 1.45 pm parade in La Clytte.  This was significant as the battalion was parading in order to move into the front line from their billets.  It is worthy to note that he was only 1 of 25 men who were absent from that parade.


Apr 22, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with an accidental cut to his forehead. 

It was determined that while he was laying on his bunk resting in the Voormezeele village, Belgium, a rifle that had been leaning against the wall was knocked over and it hit him on the forehead, causing the skin to split open


Apr 23, 1916

He was transferred to the 2nd Division Rest Station for recovery


Apr 26, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jul 22, 1916

Attached to the #3 Railway Construction Company for duty


Sep 15, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA with shrapnel wounds to his right arm in addition to suffering from a concussion caused by an enemy artillery shell.  He was transferred the same day to the Division Rest Station


Oct 10, 1916

Returned to duty from the rest station


Jan 14, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Aug 28, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 8, 1917

Returned from leave


Oct 6, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) to be employed as a Storeman


Dec 5, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 28, 1918

Rejoined the Brigade from leave


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France

On disembarking in England he was attached to the “P” Wing in Witley in preparation for returning 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 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Acting Lance Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277397

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 4846 Knight Road, South Vancouver, British Columbia

There is no entry in the service file, nor in the battalion’s Part II Orders to indicate when he was appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal, however the SS Caronia manifest records his rank on his return to Canada as Lance Corporal


Jul 18, 1920

At 9:00 am, while a patient in the Mowatt Sanatorium, Kingston, Ontario, John Doran died of Tuberculosis. 

At the time of his death, the next of kin was listed as his sister, Mrs. Robert Edge, Coghlan, British Columbia. 

His death was attributed to his wartime service and he was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kingston.

Following his death the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and the Victory Medals were sent to his sister, Mrs. R. Edge, 4830 Henry St., South Vancouver, British Columbia 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, James Doran, at the same address 

No Memorial Cross was issued


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