Albert John Halliday (Holliday)



May 20, 1894

Born at Ventnor Ontario to George and Jane Halliday (nee Lazert)


Nov 3, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59411 (temporary number 74)

Ø      Next of kin given as George Halliday (father) of Ventnor Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Blacksmith

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 years with the 4th Hussars of Canada

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company

o       He was later assigned to the Transport Section 

Note that he most often signed his name as Holliday, while most of his documents are spelled Halliday


Jan 4, 1915

Admitted to the Military Hospital Kingston with inflamed Tonsils


Jan 8, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Oct 14, 1916

Admitted to 2nd General Hospital at Havre with a sprained left ankle


Oct 17, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 31, 1916

Proceeded to Abbeville for a course on Earriery (diseases of horses and other animals) 

There is no mention of the length of the course, or when he returned to the Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Feb 4, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Feb 18, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from leave


Jun 9, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Cole Cystitis Cholecystitis (an infection in the Gall Bladder)


Jun 15, 1917

Transferred to No 6 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Jun 16, 1917

Transferred to No 7 General Hospital at Etaples


Jul 4, 1917

Transferred to the No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Jul 6, 1917

Transferred to the No 5 Convalescent Depot at Cayeux


Jul 23, 1917

Discharged to the Base Details at Etaples


Jul 24, 1917

TOS (Taken On Strength) No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) and assigned to “A” Company for soldiers rehabilitating from wounds and illness


Aug 12, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion from 2 CIBD


Aug 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion from the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Dec 23, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 8, 1918

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Jan 31, 1919

Announced in the 21st Battalion War Diary that he is entitled to wear the 1914-15 Star.  There is no mention in the file when that medal was sent to him


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia at Le Havre


Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Witley Camp and TOS “P” Wing for processing for return to Canada


Apr 20, 1919

Admitted to No 12 Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Pleurisy


Jul 1, 1919

Transferred to No 6 Canadian General Hospital at Liverpool


Jul 14, 1919

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Essequibo



Jul 15, 1919

TOS #3 District Depot at Kingston Ontario


Jul 25, 1919

Disembarked at Portland Maine and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 26, 1919

Admitted to Queen’s University Military Hospital at Kingston Ontario diagnosed with Pleurisy


Jul 28, 1919

Transferred to the Convalescent Company at Queen’s Military Hospital 

Granted leave with subsistence until August 11, 1919


Aug 26, 1919

Medical Board at Kingston Ontario recommends that he be discharged as Medically Unfit and that his disability was caused by his service, resulting in damage to his lungs.  The Board also recommends that he be re-examined in 6 months


Aug 28, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Sep 2, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 214205

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge PO Spencerville Ontario

Ø      Discharged by reason of being Medically Unfit for Service 

While some hospital documents show his rank as Lance Corporal, there is no entry in his file or the Part II Orders announcing that appointment


Dec 24, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at RR # 2 Kemptville Ontario


Jul 9, 1924

Married to Dora Pearl Workman at Kemptville Ontario 

He gave his occupation as Blacksmith



Died at Cardinal Ontario 

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