Hugh Harold "Paddy" Doyle, MM



Jul 10, 1893

Born at Ottawa Ontario 

On Attestation his birth date is recorded as July 20, 1893.  The July 10th date is taken from his Baptism Registration at the St Patrice Parish Church, Ottawa Ontario.  His Baptism took place on July 16, 1893, 4 days prior to the date given on Attestation 

In the 1901 and 1911 Canadian Census, he is listed as Harold Doyle, living with his grandparents, Hugh and Bridget Burke in Ottawa Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59273 (temporary number 418)

Ø      Next of kin given as Bernard Doyle (brother) of 11 Westmount Ave, Ottawa Ontario

o       There is a note in the file to also notify Irene Doyle at the Records Office, Discharge Section, at Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation is given as Lumberman

o       This is later recorded as Paper Maker

Ø      Previous military experience given as the 97th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company, but he was subsequently posted to the Scout Section


Feb 23, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl with effect from November 5, 1914


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


Rank shown on Embarkation Roll – Pte


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Assigned for duty as Cook with extra pay, replacing Pte Lawson, 59571


Aug 19, 1915

Returned to duty with “D” Company and replaced as Cook by Pte McElroy, 59713


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 4, 1915

Reported to Battalion Medical Officer with blistered heel that became infected


Oct 6, 1915

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Dranoutre with a diagnosis of an infected heel.


Oct 9, 1915

Transferred to No 21 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Locre via the No 22 Ambulance Train 

On admission, diagnosis changed to read Cellulitis of right leg


Oct 11, 1915

Admitted to the No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Camiers with a diagnosis of ICT (Inter Connective Tissue infection) of right leg


Oct 23, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Admitted to Countess Lyttons No 5 Hospital at Nottingham


Oct 25, 1915

Transferred to the Queen Alexandra Military Hospital in London and the diagnosis changed to read Cellulitis


Nov 4, 1915

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling while in hospital


Nov 11, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Nov 15, 1915

Discharged to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion from hospital


Dec 13, 1915

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 14, 1915

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in France from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion as a reinforcement


Dec 25, 1915

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in Brigade Reserve at Ridgewood


Mar 20, 1916          From the Kingston Daily Standard Newspaper



Apr 1, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA with a gunshot wound to right foot received in the fighting at the St Eloi Craters


Apr 2, 1916

Transferred to No 1 CCS. 

Transferred same day to No 6 British Red Cross Hospital at Etaples


Apr 14, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Apr 17, 1916

Admitted to the County of London War Hospital at Epsom


Aug 26, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom 

3 middle toes of right foot had to be amputated because of Gangrene


Nov 17, 1916

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for physical training at St Leonard’s


Mar 10, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 3rd CCD at Seaford


Mar 11, 1917

Admitted to Canadian Military Hospital at Hastings with complications from a deformed toe.


Apr 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital


May 17, 1917

Ceases to be attached and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 6, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Jun 7, 1918

Arrived at CIDB (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 17, 1918

Admitted to No 4 General Hospital at Camiers, diagnosed with Influenza


Jun 21, 1918

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Jun 23, 1918

Discharged to duty at CIBD and assigned to “A” Coy for those recuperating from wounds and illness


Jul 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Aug 13, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was involved in heavy fighting in the Amiens area, but Paddy Doyle joined the rear detail that was situated near Marcelcave.  It is unclear whether he proceeded forward right away, as the war diary makes note of 68 Other Ranks arriving at the rear detail as reinforcements, then the next entry noted 80 Other Ranks being sent forward to reinforce the Battalion in the front lines.  One would assume that because he was an experienced soldier, he would have been in the group moving forward.


Oct 27, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Sgt with pay to replace L/Sgt Newman, 59746


Nov 21, 1918

Announcement of the award of the Military Medal appeared in the War Diary


Jan 31, 1919

War Diary records that he is now permitted to wear the ribbon for the 1914-15 Star


Feb 17, 1919

Deprived of Acting rank for Drunkeness and reduced to rank of Pte


Feb 24, 1919

Promoted to rank of Cpl 

Appointed to rank of L/Sgt


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC Witley (Canadian Concentration Camp) pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the RMS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 279901

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – General Delivery, Ottawa Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge – Sgt


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31430


No citation could be found for this award


Apr 2, 1921

Married to Hazel Mary Anne Mitchell at Ottawa Ontario


May 24, 1924

Shown as entering the United States at Detroit Michigan for the purpose of joining his wife at 2771 West Fort St, Detroit.  His occupation was shown as Salesman


Jan 1966

Noted in the Communiqué as having passed away in Toronto Ontario during the month, date not noted

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