Edgar Alfred Harrington


Apr 26, 1899

Born at London England


Dec 17, 1915

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Elgin Ontario 

Ø      Number 639435

Ø      Next of kin given as George William Frederick Harrington (father) of Crosby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

He lied about his age, giving his date of birth as April 26, 1897 

It is noted that he was placed on the pay list for the 41st Regiment, Brockville Rifles on this date


Jan 1, 1916

Now shown on the pay list for the 156th Battalion


Sep 20, 1916

Transferred to the Special Service Battalion at Kingston Ontario


Nov 18, 1916

Attested into the 240th Battalion at Renfrew Ontario 

Ø      Number 1042387

Ø      Next of kin given as George Harrington (father) of Crosby Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England 

He lied about his age again, giving his date of birth as April 26, 1898 

There is no indication that he was ever discharged after Attesting into the 156th Battalion.  It would seem that because of his young age, he was simply posted to Kingston and allowed to re-attest when he convinced the authorities that he was now of age.


Jan 15, 1917

Transferred to the 240th Battalion


Apr 14, 1917

Awarded 14 days CB (Confined to Barracks) 

Offence not recorded


May 3, 1917

Embarked the SS Megantic at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 14, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England 

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 7th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 4, 1917

SOS (Struck Off Strength) on transfer to the 156th Battalion at Witley 

The 156th Battalion was part of the new 5th Division.  The Battalion was eventually broken up in February of 1918 and the men sent as reinforcements to other Battalions


Feb 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Mar 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field and assigned to “B” Coy 

The Battalion was in billets at Gouy Servins.  The War Diary makes note of a draft of 105 Other Ranks arriving as reinforcements. 


Aug 8, 1918

Admitted to No 1 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with wounds to neck and wrist received in the fighting at Amiens.  He was transferred same day to No 47 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station). 

That night he was transported by AT 34 (Ambulance Transport)


Aug 9, 1918

Admitted to No 3 General Hospital at Le Treport


Aug 11, 1918

Transferred to No 3 Convalescent Depot at Le Treport


Aug 25, 1918

Discharged from hospital to Base Details


Aug 26, 1918

Arrived at No 2 CIBD and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and requiring physical conditioning


Aug 31, 1918

Arrived at CC Rein C


Sep 4, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in Billets at Beaurains


Nov 5, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl Gilroy, 636508, who had reverted to rank of Pte at his own request


Jan 20, 1919

Granted 14 days leave


Feb 8, 1919

Rejoined Battalion from leave


Mar 9, 1919

Proceeded to Wanlin Belgium for guard duty


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the SS Western Australia at Havre



Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at CCC (Canadian Concentration Camp) at Witley for processing pending return to Canada


Apr 15, 1919

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


May 6, 1919

Reported for duty from being AWL and placed under arrest to await trial


May 12, 1919 

Tried by Court Martial at Witley for being AWL and sentenced to 42 days detention, to forfeit 21 days pay, and to be deprived of his Lance rank and reduced to rank of Pte. 

Sent to Wandsworth Detention Barracks to serve detention


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in detention


Jun 15, 1919

7 days of his detention sentence was remitted and he returned to the EORD at Witley


Jun 17, 1919

Posted to “M” Wing at CCC Witley pending return to Canada


Jun 29, 1919

Medical Board at Witley notes: 

Ø      Records his date of birth as April 26, 1899

Ø      Records Myopia & Astigmatism in left eye

o       Noted as being since childhood

Ø      Has had slightly flat feet from enlistment

Ø      Recommends that he be returned to Canada


Jul 12, 1919

Embarked the HMT Royal George at Liverpool



Jul 21, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Jul 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as being Medically Unfit 

War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213716


Jul 28, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Elgin Ontario


Sep 1, 1940

Joined the Veteran’s Guard of Canada


Feb 14, 1941

Discharged from the Veteran’s Guard


Feb 23, 1941

Enlisted in the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards at Ottawa Ontario 

He was later transferred to the Medical Corps


Jan 8, 1944

Discharged from the Canadian Forces as Medically Unfit


Jan 4, 1973

Died at the Brockville General Hospital after a 10 week stay 

Buried in the Roselawn Memorial Gardens, Maitland Ontario


Below is a obituary that is included in his service file held by Archives Canada.  The name of the newspaper, and date of printing was not recorded


Below is a photo of him with the 156th Battalion (unsure which is him)

Below is his copy of the photo of the battalion crossing the Bonn Bridge, December 13, 1918 as part of the occupying force at war's end

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