Norman Atkinson Elmslie

Mar 7, 1899

Born in London, England to Clifford and Ada Elmslie


Oct 20, 1903

Embarked the SS Ionian in Liverpool with his parents and siblings


Oct 30, 1903

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Sep 15, 1915

Attested into the 71st Battalion CEF in Berlin, Ontario.  The city’s name was later changed to Kitchener, Ontario 

Ø      Number 126572

Ø      Next of kin given as Clifford Elmslie, father, 43 Cameron St., Berlin, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Printer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 108th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

Note that he lied about his age, stating that he was born March 7, 1897, when in fact he was born 2 years later


Nov 28, 1915

Transferred to the 118th Battalion in London, Ontario and his number was changed to 751022

It is unclear exactly when, but his service number was changed back to read 126572 at some point.


May 29, 1916

Admitted to the London Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Varicose Veins


Jun 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jan 23, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Feb 6, 1917

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to Bramshott


Feb 7, 1917

The 118th Battalion was absorbed into the 25th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott to continue training


Sep 18, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 19, 1917

Arrived at No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 29 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 26, 1917

After leaving the CIBD he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois


Oct 1, 1917

Left the CC Rein C and joined the 21st Battalion that happened to be in billets in Villers au Bois


Apr 4, 1918

Admitted to the No. 90 FA (Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of his hand and fingers


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred to the No. 43 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) then transferred the same day to the No. 6 Stationary Hospital


Apr 7, 1918

Transferred via an Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 22 General Hospital in Camiers for treatment


Apr 9, 1918

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples to recover and continue healing


Apr 11, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot, then transferred to the No. 15 Convalescent Depot in Trouville the same day


May 26, 1918

Discharged to light duties at the No. 2 CIBD in Etaples


Jun 6, 1918

Left the CIBD and joined the CC Rein C


Jun 11, 1918

After leaving the CC Rein C, he rejoined the 21st Battalion in Brigade Reserve near Neuville Vitasse


Oct 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 14, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge and entered Germany as part of the occupying force and proceeded to Seigburg


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France

On disembarking in England the battalion proceeded to Witley and were taken on the strength of the “P” Wing for processing pending their 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 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279827

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 43 Cameron St., Kitchener, Ontario

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals (shown below) were sent to him at 106 Mill St., Kitchener, Ontario


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