Duncan "Dunc" McFarlane Fleming Sr.

Jun 26, 1875

Born in Alyth, Scotland to Alexander Munro and Elizabeth Mason (nee McFarlane) Fleming


Mar 26, 1910

Embarked the SS Cassandra in Glasgow



Apr 5, 1910

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario to seek employment as a Riveter

The 1913-14 Kingston Directory lists him living at 34 Johnson St. as a Boarder


Dec 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59327 (temporary number 1199)

Ø  Next of kin given as Grace Fleming, wife, 46 Kemback St., Dundee, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Boiler Maker

o   Later noted as Ship Riveter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “A” Company from the Depot Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer.

At this point in the file there is a note written in pencil that Private Fleming was attached to the 2nd Division YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) for duty.  However, there is no date attached to this entry, and no entry in the Part II Orders to confirm the attachment.


Nov 10, 1915

This item was published in a booklet of memories for the 1953 reunion of the 21st Battalion



Mar 27, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Dec 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 28, 1916

Admitted to a Canadian field ambulance with an unrecorded illness.  It was later recorded that he suffered from “a little gas exposure”, and he was suffering from watering eyes and a sore throat and cough


Dec 30, 1916

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Feb 26, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin).  A fever without a known cause


Mar 4, 1917

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Jun 25, 1917

Admitted to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Acute Gastritis


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged to duty with the YMCA from the field ambulance


Aug 26, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 11, 1917

At duty from leave


Oct 13, 1917

Attached to the Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp in Calonne Ricouart, France


Jan 31, 1918

Attached to the YMCA for duty


Feb 28, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 29, 1918

Admitted to the No. 58 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  He was suffering from chest pain and difficulty breathing


Apr 1, 1918

Transferred via the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 3 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne and the diagnosis was changed to read Bronchitis


Apr 2, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2/1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham and his diagnosis is recorded as Asthma

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 3, 1918

Transferred to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow and the diagnosis is changed to read Angina Pectoris. 


Jun 21, 1918

While on a pass to London, his foot became trapped when a tram door closed in his leg, fracturing his right Fibula.  When he returned to the hospital, a plaster cast was put on his leg after the bone was set


Jul 26, 1918

The cast was removed from his leg


Oct 21, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Kirkdale, Liverpool with Asthma recorded as the diagnosis


Oct 30, 1918

Invalided to Canada, embarking the Hospital Ship Neuralia in Liverpool



Nov 10, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Nov 13, 1918

Posted to the Hospital Section, Queen’s University Hospital


Nov 14, 1918

Granted leave until November 28, 1918


Nov 29, 1918

Granted leave until December 5, 1918


Jan 28, 1919

Medical Board at the Queen’s University Hospital in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Chronic Bronchitis, Defective Vision, Defective Hearing and effects from fractured right Fibula

Ø  Complains of being short of breath and needs to walk slow ever since he was gassed at the front

Ø  Glasses have been ordered to correct his vision

Ø  Patient says his hearing has been bad since he was blown up and concussed (there is no record of this in his file)

Ø  Has limited movement of his right ankle since the fracture of his fibula when a tram car door closed on him in London

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged with a pensionable disability


Jan 31, 1919

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston


Feb 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 46 Kemback St., Dundee, Scotland

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 148 McKay Ave., Windsor, Ontario

Duncan Fleming worked at the Ford Automotive Plant in Windsor and retired in 1946

He was also active with Royal Canadian Legion and served as a President of the 21st Battalion Border Club in Windsor.


Jun 29, 1953

1953 Voter List shows Duncan Fleming living at 2215 Louis Ave., Windsor, Ontario


Jun 4, 1956

Duncan McFarlane Fleming died in Windsor, Ontario and was buried in the Windsor Grove Cemetery there.



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