John James Entwistle

With his wife, Nina, and son

Pte Entwistle is in back row on extreme left.  (probably while with the 39th Reserve Battalion)




Oct 21, 1888

Born at Darwen Lancashire England


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59307 (temporary number 173)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Nina Margaretta Entwistle (wife) of 48 Willows Lane Daubhill Bolton, Lancashire, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Locomotive Fireman

o       Later noted as Car Cleaner

Ø      Previous military experience given as Territorials – England

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Dec 23, 1914

Admitted to Kingston Military Hospital with inflamed tonsils


Dec 24, 1914

Discharged to duty


Feb 5, 1915

Note made that Marriage Certificate was produced


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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

Last Will and Testament made out leaving entire estate to his wife, Nina M Entwistle.  This Will is undated, but I would assume it was made out prior to embarking for France


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 31, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 4. 1916

While on leave was admitted to Townleys Hospital, Bolton England with Bronchitis


Feb 11, 1916

Transferred to No 2 General Hospital at Manchester


Feb 15, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) 6 CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone


Apr 22, 1916

Discharged from No 2 General Hospital


Apr 26, 1916

Medical Board at CCAC notes his condition as Asthma and recommends hospital treatment. 

Admitted to Moore Barracks Hospital


May 24, 1916

Discharged from hospital


May 26, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) CCAC and TOS the 39th Reserve Battalion


Jun 28, 1916

SOS on posting to 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) and TOS 21st Battalion


Jul 30, 1916

Left to join unit


Aug 2, 1916

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 13, 1916

Wounded in left leg by shrapnel and admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 6 CFA


Aug 15, 1916

Transferred to No 4 CFA DRS (Divisional Rest Station)


Aug 26, 1916

Transferred via No 21 AT (Ambulance Transport) and admitted to No 3 Canadian General Hospital at Boulogne, with Pleurisy


Sep 8, 1916

Discharged from hospital and sent to Marlborough Camp Details – condition described as Traumatic Neurasthenia


Sep 12, 1916

Taken on at CBD


Oct 14, 1916

Left CBD to join unit


Oct 16, 1916

At duty with 21st Battalion in the field


Oct 29, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with Neurasthenia


Oct 30, 1916

Transferred to 4 CFA (Divisional Rest Station)


Nov 3, 1916

Awarded Good Conduct Badge


Nov 5, 1916

Discharged to duty with the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Attached to 4th Canadian Draft Battalion


Jan 24, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA


Jan 25, 1917

Transferred to CRS (Canadian Rest Station)


Feb 8, 1917

Transferred to No 4 General Hospital, Dannes Camiers France, via No 17 AT (Ambulance Transport)


Apr 13, 1917

Discharged to Base Details 

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal


Apr 19, 1917

Left to join unit


Apr 22, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to 6 CCS with Neurasthenia


Aug 17, 1917

Transferred to 7 CCS


Aug 22, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Canadian General Hospital


Aug 23, 1917

Transferred to No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Aug 28, 1917

Discharged to Base Depot at Etaples


Sep 6, 1917

Left to join unit


Sep 8, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from hospital


Oct 21, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 5, 1917

Rejoined battalion from leave


Aug 28, 1918

Killed in action



Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery
Haucourt France
Note that this is a double grave, L/Cpl Entwistle is on bottom


Jul 31, 1920

Cheque issued for the War Service Gratuity in the amount of $100 to Mrs NM Nichols (nee Entwistle), widow, and mailed to C/O Mrs Perry, PO Box 505, Trenton Ontario.  A note was made on this form that “Child in receipt of pension”.


Feb 7, 1922

1914 – 15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Death Plaque and Scroll, and Memorial Cross sent to his wife at 48 Willows Lane, Daubhill, Bolton, Lancashire England.  Note that these were sent at varying dates, with the final ones sent on this date.


The Death Certirficate and photo of the original grave marker were sent to the family following the war


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