Martin Leonard Gilmore, MM


Dec 11, 1891

Born to Frank Leonard and Mary Kathleen (nee Fetterly) Gilmore at Montreal Quebec 

He was granted US Citizenship because his father was a US citizen


Apr 12, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Barriefield Ontario 

Ø      Number 454437

Ø      Next of kin given as Frank Gilmore (father) of 49 West Orvis St, Massena New York, USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jun 1, 1915

Appointed to the Provisional Rank of Sergeant


Jul 7, 1915

Appointed to rank of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


Aug 1, 1915

Reverted to rank of Provisional Sergeant


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the RMS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp 

Confirmed in the Provisional Rank of Sergeant


Apr 28, 1916

Proceeded to the Machine Gun School at Bramshott


Apr 29, 1916

Rejoined the Battalion from Bramshott


May 29, 1916

Proceeded on Bombing Course at Shorncliffe


Jun 24, 1916

Rejoined Battalion from course


Jul 6, 1916

Transferred to the 39th Battalion at the West Sandling Camp


Sep 2, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Divisional Depot at Shoreham for duty


Jan 4, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford but remained attached to the 2nd Division


Mar 15, 1917

Ceased to be attached and joined to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 29, 1917

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne with a diagnosis of Onychia (an inflammation in the toe nails of his feet)


Apr 4, 1917

Surgery performed under a local anesthetic to remove the nails of the great toe of his right and left foot


Apr 15, 1917

Discharged from hospital and proceeded to the Convalescent Depot at Seaford


Jun 4, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private at his own request in order to proceed to France


Jun 5, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 6, 1917

Arrived at the 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 22, 1917

Left No 2 CIBD and joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin as part of a group of 60 Other Ranks destined for the 21st Battalion as reinforcements.


Sep 1, 1917

Admitted to No 22 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) diagnosed with Bronchial Pneumonia


Sep 8, 1917

Transferred to the St John’s Ambulance Hospital at Etaples


Sep 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Admitted to the Military Hospital at Wokingham 

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


Oct 2, 1917

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Eastbourne


Oct 17, 1917

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Bushey Park, Hampton Hill


Dec 12, 1917

Discharged from hospital and granted 12 days sick leave


Feb 14, 1918

On Command to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 17, 1918

On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jun 27, 1918

Ceased to be On Command and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 8, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace 59395 L/Cpl H Griffiths, MM, who had been promoted


Sep 4, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Sep 5, 1918

Disembarked in France and proceeded to the 2nd CIBD at Etaples 

TOS the 21st Battalion


Sep 9, 1918

Left the CIBD and arrived at the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Aubin St Vaast


Sep 10, 1918

Left the CC Rein C


Sep 11, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field as part of a draft of 50 Other Ranks sent to bolster the ranks of the Battalion and was assigned to “D” Company 

The Battalion was in Division Reserve near the Droucourt Queant Line. 


Oct 16, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace 59395 Cpl H Griffiths, MM, who had been promoted


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge and proceeded to Seigburg Germany as part of the occupying force


Dec 18, 1918

Attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Headquarters in Germany for duty


Dec 22, 1918

Rejoined the Battalion from Brigade Headquarters


Mar 14, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD pending return to Canada for duty with the Military Police


Mar 17, 1919

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Apr 23, 1919

Posted to MD #4 at Kinmel Park Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 11, 1919

Embarked the HMT Saturnia at Glasgow Scotland



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec 

Instead of joining the Military Police, he was discharged from the CEF at Montreal  

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 273736

Ø      Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Watertown NY, USA


Jun 10, 1919

Entered Canada from Massena NY on his way to Huntingdon Ontario for employment with the Canadian Light & Power Company


Jul 3, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31430



Jun 1, 1922

Married to Violet Elizabeth Nord at Toronto Ontario.  He listed his occupation at that time as Sales Engineer and his address was listed as 548 Spadina Ave, Toronto Ontario


Dec 27, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 212 King St W, Toronto Ontario


Jul 24, 1923

Died at the Toronto General Hospital as a result of a Brain Tumor.  His obituary indicates this was caused by a shrapnel wound he received during the fighting at Hill 70.  There is no indication in his service file that he ever received a head wound.  He was with the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at the time of the fighting for Hill 70, and they were working in the area during the battle and their War Diary does indicate some shelling and makes mention of wounded, although no names are mentioned.

North Watertown Cemetery
Watertown NY, USA

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