George "Darky" Harrison

Nov 18, 1878

Born in Liverpool, England

The 1912 Kingston, Ontario City Directory lists him living at 216 Sydenham Street and employed with the Canadian Permanent Army Service Corps with the rank of Sergeant


Dec 24, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59429 (temporary number 1198)

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Harrison, wife, 216 Sydenham St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later noted as Boiler Maker and Ship Builder

Ø  Previous military experience given as Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles for 2 years, Royal Garrison Artillery for 8 years and 6 years in the Canadian Permanent Army Service Corps

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

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


Jan 7, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Sergeant


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Sergeant


Sep 9, 1915

Posted to “B” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 27, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Sep 29, 1916

While in the front line near Courcelette, France, Sergeant Harrison received a through and through bullet wound to the upper part of his right arm that fractured his humerus bone.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further treatment


Oct 1, 1916

Transferred to the No. 10 General Hospital in Rouen


Oct 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital, Manchester

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 30, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Red Cross Hospital in Ramsgate

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


May 14, 1917

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate


May 28, 1917

Surgery performed to repair bone damage to his right arm followed by physical therapy to improve shoulder movement


Aug 30, 1917

Transferred to the Lord Derby War Hospital in Warrington


Sep 25, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom

On admission it was noted that he could not raise his right arm above his shoulder


Oct 26, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and granted 10 days sick leave before reporting to Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


Nov 23, 1917

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


Dec 6, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Dec 19, 1917

Disembarked in New York City, USA and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jan 1, 1918

Taken On Strength the #3 Special Service Company in Kingston


Jun 6, 1918

Attached to the 3rd Detachment, Canadian Military Police Corps in Kingston for duty


Jul 11, 1918

Attached to the Casualty Office in Kingston


Aug 1, 1918

Granted leave


Jan 9, 1919

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Upper right humerus bone deformed due to fracture from bullet wound

Ø  Limited movement in right shoulder

Ø  Right arm ½ inch shorter than left due to fracture

Ø  He is unable to handle a rifle

Ø  Condition is considered permanent and man is not able to resume former occupation

Ø  Board recommends discharge with disability due to service


Jan 16, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 216 Sydenham St., Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 216 Sydenham St., Kingston, Ontario


Jul 16, 1967

George Harrison died while a patient in the Hotel Dieu Hospital in Kingston


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