John McMeekan Grierson

Mar 9, 1892

Born in Caerlaverock, Dumfriesshire, Scotland to Robert and Mary McMichan (nee Wright) Grierson


Jun 6, 1914

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Glasgow



Jun 15, 1914

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Cobourg, Ontario


Dec 24, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59393 (temporary number 1201)

Ø  Next of kin given as Robert Grierson, father, Deubank, Abernethy, Perthshire, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 12, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Heavy Battery, Canadian Field Artillery in Dranoutre, Belgium at his own request in order to serve with his brother, Richard Allan Grierson MM


Jun 21, 1916

Admitted to the No. 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Neuritis in left arm and transferred the same day to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance


Jun 22, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Division Rest Station


Jun 24, 1916

Transferred to the No. 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 25, 1916

Transferred via the No. 1 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France with a diagnosis that reads Neuritis in left arm


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Convalescent Depot in Boulogne


Jul 7, 1916

Discharged to duty at the base details in Boulogne from hospital


Jul 14, 1916

Rejoined the battery on the Ypres Salient in Belgium


Dec 9, 1916

Granted leave to the UK


Dec 24, 1916

While on leave John Grierson was married to Elizabeth Bessie Dalzell Henderson in Bothwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland


Dec 29, 1916

Rejoined the battery from leave and permission was granted to marry retroactive to December 24, 1916


Feb 2, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause, often referred to as Trench Fever


Feb 9, 1918

Transferred via the No. 35 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 1 General Hospital in Etaples and the diagnosis reads Trench Fever


Mar 11, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Carisbrook Castle


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bath War Hospital

Transferred to the CARD (Canadian Artillery Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Bear Wood Park, Wokingham

On admission he was noted as suffering from Anemia and pain in his legs, chest and back


Apr 12, 1918

Attached to the No. 2 CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


Jun 14, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery Composite Brigade in Witley


Jul 2, 1918

Attached to Composite Brigade Headquarters


Jan 30, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Field Artillery Reserve Brigade at the Witley


Feb 14, 1919

Ceased to be attached


Mar 8, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Artillery Regimental Depot in Witley pending return to Canada


Mar 17, 1919

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


Apr 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Grampian in Liverpool



Apr 20, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick


Apr 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Saint John, New Brunswick

Ø  Rank on discharge Gunner

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 131742

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Cobourg, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Fraserwood, Manitoba

After moving to the Winnipeg area, John Grierson was employed as a caretaker at the University of Manitoba


Sep 25, 1941

John Grierson died at home, Lot 11, St. George’s Ave. in Fort Garry, Manitoba and was buried in the Brookside Cemetery, Winnipeg


 The Winnipeg Tribune
September 26, 1941


Courtesy of Jim Busby

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