George Hagon
aka George Hagan
aka George Hagen

Jul 21, 1862

Born in Bethnal Green, London, England


Jul 13, 1889

Married to Frances Keziah “Kate” Messingham in Headley, England


Jul 4, 1906

Embarked the SS Southwark with his wife and 5 children



Jul 14, 1906

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59404 (temporary number 73)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Kathleen “Kate” Hagon, wife, 6 Orchard St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 18th Hussars for 7 years

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

o   Later posted to the Transport Section

On attesting he lied about his age, stating his birth date was June 21, 1871 as he would have been too old to enlist

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

George’s son, George Thomas Hagon, had attested into the 2nd Battalion CEF in Valcartier, Quebec September 22, 1914.  He was killed in action April 24, 1915 during the 2nd Battle of Ypres at St. Julien.  Because his body was never recovered from the battlefield, his name is recorded on the walls of the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium.


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


Jun 1, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Venereal Sore


Jun 7, 1915

Transferred to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital


Jun 25, 1915

Transferred to the Military Hospital at Newcastle-on-Tyne and the diagnosis was changed to read Syphilis.  This was later changed to read Gonorrhea


Jul 10, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 11, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention, forfeited 22 day’s pay and restricted to half pay for 2 months for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) from August 3 to 10, 1915


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Aug 23, 1916

Admitted to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) Detention Hospital in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and noted as being Over Age


Aug 24, 1916

Medical Classification changed to “C” and proceeded to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) Folkestone, England


Aug 31, 1916

Medical Board in Folkestone notes

Ø  Disability notes as Over Age and Myalgia

Ø  Age noted as 54 years

Ø  Complains of pain in hands, knees, ankles, back and thighs

Ø  Has some hardening of the arteries

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from military service as permanently unfit


Sep 4, 1916

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


Sep 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



Oct 5, 1916

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 16, 1916

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Man is over age at 54, but looks older

Ø  Complains of pain in hands, back and legs

Ø  Slight hardening of the arteries

Ø  Board recommends admission to convalescent home


Oct 18, 1916

Admitted to the Elmhurst Convalescent Home in Kingston, Ontario with a diagnosis that reads Rheumatism




Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the Military District #3 Casualty Company in Kingston for pay purposes while in hospital


Feb 10, 1917

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Patient complains of pain in wrists, hands, back and both feet. 

Ø  Both hands are swollen and fingers creak

Ø  Board recommends further 3 months in convalescent home


Jun 30, 1917

Discharged from convalescent home and the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 6 Orchard St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 6 Orchard St., Kingston


May 20, 1948

George Hagon, as reported by his daughter Mrs. C. Snowden, died in Kingston, Ontario


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