John Wrathman
served as John Gordon

Dec 14, 1883

Born in Sheffield, England to Joseph Henry and Rebecca (nee France) Wrathman

In 1903 John Wrathman joined the Royal Garrison Artillery but was Dishonorably Discharged after committing a felony.

In July of 1908 he married Edith Emma Hornsby in Doncaster, Yorkshire and had 2 children.  At some point after the birth of his second child in 1911 he came to Canada under an assumed name.


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59379 (temporary number 968)

Ø  Next of kin given as Joseph Gordon, father, 28 Britannia Rd., Dornall, Sheffield, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Motorman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 5 years in the 17th Lancers Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Assigned to “B” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “A” Company

o   Prior to embarking for England, he was posted to the Machine Gun Section

John Wrathman attested under the assumed name of John Gordon and claimed to be single.

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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 19, 1915

Posted to “A” Company from the Machine Gun Section


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 5, 1915

While in Divisional Reserve in the village of La Clytte, Belgium, he received an accidental burn to his left foot and ankle and was admitted to the field ambulance near Locre for first aid


Nov 6, 1915

Transferred to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Mont des Cats, France for further treatment


Nov 8, 1915

Transferred via No. 21 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France


Dec 12, 1915

Discharged to Base Details in Etaples


Dec 15, 1915

Transferred to No. 3 General Base Depot in Havre


Dec 22, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days CB (Confined to Barracks) for being in town without a pass and for being improperly dressed


Dec 27, 1915

Rejoined the battalion in Brigade Reserve in Ridgewood, Belgium

It would appear that the punishment received was remitted in return for him joining his battalion at the front


Apr 9, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay to replace 59401 L/Cpl SC Guild who had died of wounds


Jul 3, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace 59868 Cpl T Scott  who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Corporal Gordon received a bullet wound to his right foot.  He was evacuated to a nearby field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further treatment


Sep 19, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 New Zealand Stationary Hospital in Amiens and placed on the dangerously ill list most likely from gangrene


Sep 20, 1916

Corporal Gordon died of his wounds in hospital and was buried in the St. Pierre Cemetery, Amiens, France


Following the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to his father, Mr. Joseph H. Wrathman, 28 Britannia Rd., Dornall, Sheffield, England


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