George Henry Fishenden, MM



Nov 15, 1893

Born at Pakenham Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59322 (temporary number 427)

Ø      Next of kin given as William Fishenden (father) of Pakenham Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Tinsmith

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer 

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl to replace L/Cpl Mitchell, 59666, who was promoted


Dec 8, 1915

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Hayes 59446, who reverted to rank of Pte at his own request


Apr 2, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt Bliss 59073, who had been admitted to hospital in England while on leave


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 17, 1916

At duty from leave


Jul 4, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Goodall 59376 who had reverted to rank of Pte at his own request


Sep 13, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to head 

Transferred same day to the Divisional Rest Station at No 5 CFA, Warloy


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to 1/3 Northern Field Ambulance where he was discharged to duty and returned to the Battalion


Jan 2, 1917

Promoted to rank of Warrant Officer Class II 

Appointed to position of CSM (Company Sgt Major) “B” Company


Mar 12, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #29981


The citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty during the attack on the German lines.  This NCO at great personal risk, constantly patrolled the whole enemy line, encouraging the men, and maintaining communication.  He materially assisted in capturing many prisoners and securing booty.  His splendid example throughout the whole operation was an inspiration to his men.  His work during the past sixteen moths has been of the highest order, noticeable when at the Somme, where his gallantry was remarked on many occasions.

AFW 3121.


Aug 13, 1917

Acted as the RSM during the attack at Hill 70


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA with a sprained ankle 

Transferred to No 10 CFA, then same day to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Aug 20, 1917

Transferred via No 27 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 18 General Hospital at Camiers


Sep 19, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Sep 22, 1917

Transferred to No 14 Convalescent Depot at Trouvilles


Sep 29, 1917

Discharged to Base Details


Oct 2, 1917

TOS “A” at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot).  A Company was for recuperating soldiers


Oct 17, 1917

Arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Nov 6, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Nov 18, 1917

Admitted to No 58 CCS diagnosed with Pleurisy


Nov 21, 1917

Transferred to No 4 General Hospital at Dannes Camiers


Nov 30, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


Admitted to Brook War Hospital at Woolwich 

Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Jan 18, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jan 23, 1918

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 14, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Aug 31, 1918

Married at East Molesey Surrey  

Next of kin changed to read – Mrs Marjorie Fishenden (wife) of 2 Garrod Cottage, Green Lane, East Molesey, Surrey England


Feb 15, 1919

Posted to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Mar 5, 1919

SOS (Struck Off Strength) to Canada


Mar 8, 1919

Embarked the SS Minnedosa at Liverpool with his wife



Mar 17, 1919

Disembarked at Saint John New Brunswick


Mar 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Saint John New Brunswick 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 80477

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Pakenham Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge – CSM


Mar 20, 1919



Nov 13, 1919

1914-15 Star sent to him at Pakenham Ontario


May 28, 1920

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Pakenham Ontario 

It appears the medals were returned


Sep 17, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Renfrew Ontario


Oct 9, 1922

Emigrated to England and spent the balance of his life at 25 Green Lane, East Molesey, Surrey



I was unable to confirm exact date, but he died at the age of 81 in 1974


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