Edward Joseph Flaherty

Shown above with his wife, Janet, and son.


Jan 6, 1892

Born at Kingston Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59326 (temporary number 1227)

Ø      Next of kin given as Margaret Delmar (sister) of Dorothy New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 3 years with “A” Battery, RCHA

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Tattoo of Cowboy noted on right arm, later described as “Buffalo Bill”

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

Ø      Rank shown as “Bugler”


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

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


Jun 23, 1915

Marriage Certificate produced – wife’s name Mrs Janet Flaherty, c/o Mrs MacDonald, 94 Parkhill Rd., Dingle, Liverpool, England, later changed to No 1 Christ Church Road, Ashford, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne


Oct 3, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) at Dramonte with influenza


Oct 6, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty


Nov 13, 1915

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital


Nov 16, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Anglia


While crossing the English Channel, the hospital ship was blown up by a mine and sunk.  Somehow Edward Flaherty made it out of his lower deck bunk and was able to abandon the ship before it sank, likely assisted by the heroic medial staff and crew.  He was picked up by a passing vessel and taken to England.

The final death toll is unclear, with the number ranging from 134 to 168.  The ship is now designated as a war grave.

An actual photo of the sinking of the Anglia

Nov 17, 1915

On arrival in England he was admitted to 5th Northern General Hospital at Leicester 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 39th Battalion

Dec 17, 1915

Admitted to Shorncliffe Military Hospital with a heart condition


Dec 23, 1915

Discharged to unit


Feb 15, 1916

SOS (Struck Off Strength) 39th Battalion on transfer to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) 

Then attached to the 39th Battalion


Mar 11, 1916

Absent Without Leave for 1 day.


May 19, 1916

Attached to the COC (Canadian Ordnance Corps) at Ashford


Jun 9, 1916

Ceases to be attached to 39th Battalion on being attached to COC


Oct 17, 1916

Ceases to be attached to 39th Battalion on transfer to COC


Dec 27, 1916

AWL (Absent without leave)


Dec 28, 1916

Returns from being AWL and forfeits 2 days pay


Aug 6, 1917

Admitted to the Military Hospital at Shorncliffe


Sep 16, 1917

Transferred to Moore Barracks Hospital at Shorncliffe


Sep 20, 1917

Medical Board at Moore Barracks Hospital notes the following: 

Ø      Suffers from infection of valves of heart plus lesions of the heart

Ø      Also suffers from Varicose veins of the right leg

Ø      Patient suffered from a concussion during the fighting at Messines Ridge in October of 1915, and has had heart problems ever since

Ø      Suffers from shortness of breath, palpitations and insomnia

Ø      Patient is pale and anemic

Ø      Heart is enlarged downwards

Ø      There is a loud systolic murmur

Ø      Declared unfit for any duty and recommended for return to Canada


Sep 27, 1917

TOS the General Depot from the COC at Ashford


Sep 28, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Military Hospital at Kirkdale, Liverpool


Oct 17, 1917

Invalided to Canada aboard the HS Araguaya 



Oct 25, 1917

Disembarked in Canada


Oct 28, 1917

Admitted to Convalescent Home at Kingston Ontario


Nov 5, 1917

Discharged from Convalescent home and declared to be an out-patient at Queen’s Military Hospital 

Residence given as 24 Upper Charles St., Kingston Ontario


Nov 30, 1917

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital


Dec 21, 1917

Discharged to be out-patient of Queen’s Military Hospital


Feb 18, 1918

Medical Board at Queen’s Military Hospital Kingston finds: 

Ø      Man was buried by a shell explosion and suffered a concussion

Ø      His heart condition is considered permanent

Ø      He is 75% disabled from this and should be re-examined after 1 year


Mar 5, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Discharged as Medically Unfit


Apr 18, 1921

1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to 51 John St., Kingston Ontario


May 11, 1935

Edward Joseph Flaherty died in Kingston, Ontario


Cataraqui Cemetery
Kingston ON



Aug 28, 1935

Memorial Cross sent to widow, Mrs Janet Flaherty at 158 Rideau St., Kingston Ontario 


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