Michael James Gannon

Apr 23, 1896

Born in Douglas, Ontario to William and Ann (nee Sadler) Gannon


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59350 (temporary number 428)

Ø  Next of kin given as William Gannon, Douglas, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Blacksmith

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Feb 15, 1915

Attached to the Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps for duty


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


May 19, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 7, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Oct 8, 1915

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance Rest Station


Oct 13, 1915

Discharged to duty from the field ambulance


Apr 20, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Railway Construction Corps for duty


May 20, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the Canadian Railway Construction Corps and rejoined the battalion


Nov 7, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 14, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 26, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 17, 1917

During a large trench raid carried out by the 21st Battalion at Calonne, France, Private Gannon received shrapnel wounds from a grenade to his legs and left wrist.  He was evacuated to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jan 18, 1917

Transferred via the No. 12 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 22 General Hospital in Camiers


Jan 29, 1917

Discharged from hospital to base details


Feb 6, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Feb 24, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 68 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion, Private Gannon rejoined the 21st Battalion in Bois des Alleux, France


May 10, 1917

During a German attack on the Canadian lines, the 21st Battalion came under an artillery barrage that created havoc in the lines.  Private Gannon was first reported to be missing in action, but was later found wounded on the battlefield and admitted to a field ambulance for first aid before being transferred to Hospital


May 12, 1917

Transferred to the No. 14 General Hospital in Wimereux with a lacerated left arm


May 17, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington

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


Aug 11, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Aug 17, 1917

Discharged from hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Aug 21, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Oct 2, 1917

Admitted to the Eastbourne Military Hospital with an infection in his legs from his previous shrapnel wounds


Nov 7, 1917

Medical Board in Seaford notes

Ø  Has multiple wounds from a bursting grenade that have not healed and break open repeatedly

Ø  Board recommends light duties and that he be excused from wearing puttees


Nov 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Seaford


Nov 29, 1917

Transferred to the CFCBD (Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot) in Sunningdale


Dec 15, 1917

Transferred to the 131st Company Canadian Forestry Corps in District 52 in Carlisle


Oct 23, 1918

Granted permission to marry


Nov 25, 1918

Married and next of kin changed to read Mrs. H Gannon, 13 Old London Rd., Penrith, England


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave until January 2, 1919


Apr 24, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot in Sunningdale pending return to Canada


May 6, 1919

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 7, 1919

Attached to “N” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 19, 1919

Medical Board at Witley notes

Ø  Suffers from a lacerated left arm from a shell explosion May 10, 1917

Ø  There is loss of strength in left arm and hand from loss of tissue in the bicep muscle

Ø  His hand becomes numb in cold weather

Ø  Duration of disability expected to be about 6 months

Ø  Former occupation cannot be resumed on discharge

Ø  No treatment is recommended


May 21, 1919

Taken On Strength No. 6 District Depot Dispersal Station Base Depot


Jun 5, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 317537

Ø  Authorized to wear 2 wound stripes

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Ottawa House, Renfrew, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Suite 203-144 E. 19th St., North Vancouver, British Columbia


Feb 27, 1929

Married to Hazel Agnes Currie in Vancouver, British Columbia


Jun 19, 1983

Michael Gannon died in North Vancouver, British Columbia


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