John Horace Girard

Sep 7, 1891

Born in Cornwall, Ontario to Eli Horace and Ellen (nee Buchanan) Girard


Nov 18, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59369 (temporary number 1010)

Ø  Next of kin given as Eli Girard, father, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Paper Maker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Headquarters Company

o   Later posted to “C” Company

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


Mar 23, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


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

While in England, Private Girard played on the battalion’s lacrosse team that held matches in Folkestone against other battalions of the CEF


Aug 19, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plains Hospital in West Sandling with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion embarked for France while Private Girard remained behind


Sep 20, 1915

Transferred to the 1st Northern General Workhouse Hospital in Newcastle on Tyne


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling while in hospital


Oct 21, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 450 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 9, 1915

After leaving the base depot, Private Girard rejoined the 21st Battalion in the front line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 17, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl AH Forbes who had been promoted


Nov 18, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 26, 1916

Proceeded on the Lewis Gun Course


Dec 3, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from course and posted to the Machine Gun Section


Dec 15, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 28, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Mar 22, 1917

Attached to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Company for duty


Apr 7, 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.  This was later changed to read Influenza


Apr 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 23 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 11, 1917

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


Apr 13, 1917

Transferred to the No. 10 Convalescent Depot in Ecault


May 4, 1917

Transferred to the No. 3 Rest Camp in Boulogne


May 8, 1917

Discharged from the rest camp and reported to the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering wounds and illness


Jun 5, 1917

After leaving the base depot Private Girard rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Coupigny, France


Sep 15, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Sep 26, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 3, 1917

The 21st Battalion moved in the front at Crest Farm, Passchendaele, Belgium and immediately came under an enemy artillery barrage.  Corporal Girard received shrapnel wounds to his left arm and wrist and was evacuated to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred via the No. 16 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel


Nov 8, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Leige


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham

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


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to the Manor, County of London, War Hospital in Epsom


Dec 17, 1917

Skin from another patient was grafted onto his left arm to heal an open wound


Mar 8, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


May 17, 1918

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) and granted 10 days sick leave


Jun 3, 1918

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Jun 8, 1918

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Etchinghill with a diagnosis that reads Venereal Disease Gonorrhea


Jun 24, 1918

Transferred to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot while in hospital


Sep 26, 1918

Attached to the St. Leonard’s Hospital for physical training


Nov 27, 1918

Attached to the Depot Company of the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Dec 10, 1918

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Dec 28, 1918

Attached to No. 3 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Jan 12, 1919

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain in Liverpool



Jan 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength No. 3 District Depot Sub Depot


Jan 23, 1919

Granted leave until February 8, 1919


Feb 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 81132

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C50700

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Cornwall, Ontario

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


Jun 30, 1924

Married to Florida Lemire in Cornwall, Ontario


Jun 25, 1975

John Horace Girard died in Cornwall, Ontario and was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery there



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