John Gillies



Feb 25, 1871

Born in Bay City, Michigan, USA to William Blair and Matilda (nee Taylor) Gillies


Jun 9, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 43rd Regiment, DCOR (Duke of Cornwall’s Own Rifles) Canadian Militia


Jun 29, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion in Ottawa, Ontario 

Ø      Number 454157

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. DC Larwell, sister, Westboro, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

o       Later recorded as Lumber Clerk

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the USA regular forces

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Jul 30, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay.  The reason for this was not recorded in the file


Aug 27, 1915

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Montreal, Quebec as part of the 59th Battalion’s 1st Reinforcing Draft


Sep 5, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 39th Reserve Battalion to continue training and assigned to No. 7 Company


Nov 15, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with an injured eye


Dec 13, 1915

Transferred to the West Cliff Canadian Ear and Eye Hospital in Folkestone and the diagnosis is changed to read Cornea Ulcer


Dec 26, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 17, 1916

Forfeited 4 days pay for being absent and an additional 12 days pay for misconduct


May 14, 1916

Sentenced to 10 days Field Punishment #2 with a loss of 10 days pay, plus an additional 2 days pay and allowances for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 25, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 26, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft 65 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


May 30, 1916

Left the CBD to join his unit


Jun 1, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the “A” Camp (later renamed Micmac Camp), near Dikkebus, Belgium




Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the 4th Field Company Canadian Engineers for duty with the Carrying Party


Sep 12, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the field company


Sep 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Abrasions on the soles of his feet.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 10 CFA where the diagnosis was changed to read Blistered Feet


Oct 11, 1916

Transferred to the No. 9 CFA


Oct 12, 1916

Discharged and returned to the battalion on light duties


Oct 30, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Eye Strain.  He was transferred the same day to the Divisional Rest Station at No. 4 CFA


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Stationary Hospital in Arques and the diagnosis is changed to read Choroiditis, an inflammation of the eye


Nov 4, 1916

Discharged to the Base Depot in Havre


Dec 2, 1916

His medical classification was changed to PB (Permanent Base), meaning that he was not fit for combat and to be employed in base units only 

Attached to the Canadian Corps Headquarters for duty


Dec 8, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Convalescent Company for duty


Jan 19, 1917

Admitted to the No. 3 CFA with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause


Jan 20, 1917

Ceased to be attached on being admitted to hospital


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred via the No. 12 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers with a diagnosis that reads DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart)


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


Feb 7, 1917

Transferred to the No. 5 Convalescent Depot in Cayeux


Apr 3, 1917

Discharged from hospital to base details in Havre


Apr 17, 1917

His PB classification is confirmed and attached to the Canadian Corps Composite Company for duty


Jul 5, 1917

Ceased to be attached and SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion and posted to the 1st Canadian Division Employment Company


Aug 28, 1917

Attached to the Town Major at Haillecourt, France for duty as a Military Police Officer




Oct 13, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Oct 28, 1917

Rejoined the unit from leave


Jan 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Left Inguinal Hernia


Jan 9, 1918

Transferred to the No. 12 CFA and was fitted with a truss


Jan 11, 1918

Discharged to duty


Mar 21, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #1 for being drunk




Jan 23, 1919

Admitted to the No. 3 CFA with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 24, 1919

Transferred to the No. 50 CCS


Jan 31, 1919

Transferred to the No. 55 General Hospital in Boulogne


Feb 9, 1919

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

On arrival in England was admitted to the No. 16 Canadian General Hospital in Orpington

Posted to the Canadian Records List, then to the Canadian General Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 11, 1919

Discharged from hospital with medical leave until March 23, when he was to report to the General Depot in Witley


Apr 8, 1919

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital, Eastbourne, Sussex with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and Pneumonia


Apr 30, 1919

Reported to be dangerously ill with Influenza and Pneumonia


May 15, 1919

Private Gillies died from his illness at 7.05 pm and was buried in the nearby Seaford Cemetery

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Albert Gillies, Buckingham, Quebec 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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