Arthur Esdon




Sep 6, 1897

Born at Bainsville Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

      Number 59302 (temporary number 517)

      Next of kin given as Mrs James H Esdon (mother) of Bainsville Ontario

      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

o       Later noted as being Farmer

      Previous military experience given as 5 months in the 59th Regiment

      Religion given as Presbyterian

      Assigned to “E” Company

o       He lied about his age, giving his year of birth as 1895


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Nov 25, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 7, 1916

At duty from leave


Apr 13, 1917

Reported sick to MO (Medical Officer) and sent to hospital (Canadian Field Ambulance?) with tonsillitis


Apr 14, 1917

Admitted to No 2 Australian Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 15, 1917

Diagnosis changed to Quinsy


Apr 21, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Patrick and posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)





Apr 22, 1917

Admitted to the Holt Auxiliary Hospital at Liverpool with Quinsy


May 31, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Jun 20, 1917

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford for PT etc


Aug 30, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD and TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion


Nov 13, 1917

Admitted to No 14, Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne with a General Debility


Dec 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Feb 9, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian Military Hospital, (Ravenscroft Military Hospital) Eastbourne with Influenza


Feb 17, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 29, 1918

SOS 6th Reserve Battalion on posting to 21st Battalion


May 30, 1918

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and is TOS the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Jun 10, 1918

Left CC Rein C to join unit


Jun 11, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 6, 1918

SOS 21st Battalion on posting to 2nd Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps


Aug 8, 1918

Wounded and admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) – shrapnel wound to right leg – broken tibia


Aug 9, 1918

Admitted to 9 “AT” (Ambulance Transport) and transported to No 47 General Hospital


Aug 22, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Panama and Posted to the CMGCD



Aug 24, 1918

Admitted to 1st Birmingham War Hospital, Rednal, Birmingham 

TOS CMGCD (Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot) while in hospital


Nov 27, 1918

Transferred to No 15 Canadian General Hospital (Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital) at Taplow Bucks


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave until January 5, 1919




Jan 20, 1919

Transferred to No 5 Canadian General Hospital, Kirkdale, Liverpool


Feb 24, 1919

Discharged from hospital and invalided to Canada aboard the HMAT Essiquibo



Mar 7, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine, USA


Mar 8, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s University Military Hospital, Kingston Ontario


Mar 10, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until March 24, 1919


Apr 3, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston notes the following: 

      Wounded by shrapnel at Amiens France Aug 8, 1918

      Tibia in right leg was fractured

      Surgery performed in France to remove bone fragments

      Complains of soreness in leg and walks with a limp

      Recommends that he be discharged with a pensionable disability due to service


Apr 7, 1919

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the Casualty Company, MD3, Kingston


Apr 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

      Discharged as Medically Unfit for further service

      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, No 246085

      War Service Badge Class “B” issued, No 55545

      Proposed residence on discharge – Bainsville Ontario


Sep 12, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Waubewawa Ontario


Dec 22, 1974

Deceased in Nova Scotia


Photo courtesy of Princess of Wales' Own Regiment Museum

Personal Diary

Below is a portion of Arthur Esdon's diary that appeared in the 21st Battalion's Association newsletter, The Communiqu, in 1972.  It is an abreviated version of the original covering the time from enlistment to December 1916.  This diary fills in some of the blanks that aren't covered in the service file.



What follows is the remainder of the diary which was transcribed from the original.






February March April May June


August September October November December



January February March April May

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