Norman Edward Hastey

Feb 11, 1890

Born in Ottawa, Ontario to Thomas and Matilda (nee Boville) Hastey


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59436 (temporary number 1081)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Thomas Hastey, mother, 180 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Plumber

o   Later noted as Stationary Engineer

Ø  Previous military experience given as GGFG (Governor General’s Foot Guard) in Ottawa

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

o   Employed as a Drummer in the Pipe Band

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


Jan 29, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days Detention for an unrecorded offence


Mar 18, 1915

Fined $2.00 for being drunk


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


May 17, 1915

Sentenced to 28 days Detention for Insubordination and using abusive language to an NCO


Sep 4, 1915

Posted to “B” Company while remaining as a Drummer in the Pipe Band.  The band members trained as Stretcher Bearers


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 6, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being drunk and losing by neglect his arms and equipment


Nov 27, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being drunk


Mar 22, 1916

While in Brigade Reserve in Ridgewood, Belgium, Private Hastey received a bullet wound to his left arm and was evacuated to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Mar 23, 1916

Transferred to the No. 18 General Hospital in Camiers


Mar 28, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Dieppe


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Great Northern General Hospital, Holloway Rd. N., London

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


Jul 21, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom


Nov 27, 1916

Attached to the CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for placement in St. Leonard’s Hospital


Apr 10, 1917

Ceased to be attached


Apr 13, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot


Jul 2, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the command depot


Jul 7, 1917

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


Jul 18, 1917

Embarked the SS Justicia in Liverpool



Aug 1, 1917

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


Aug 8, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Wounded in left shoulder in France

Ø  Claims to have had attack of Nephritis in France

Ø  Complains of back pain

Ø  Man is pale in appearance

Ø  No disability found

Ø  Transportation provided to Kingston, Ontario

Proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength No. 3 Battalion Garrison Regiment and posted to the Special Service Company


Aug 31, 1917

Admitted to the Kingston General Hospital after being hit by a trolley car at the corner of Stephen and Montreal Streets in Kingston

Notes on admission

Ø  Admitted in an intoxicated condition

Ø  Suffering from 2 scalp wounds and 3 mangled fingers of left hand

Surgery was performed to amputate 3rd, 4th, and 5th fingers of left hand



 Note that the newspaper got his name wrong


Sep 3, 1917

Board of Inquiry held at the Barriefield Camp, Kingston into the injuries sustained by Corporal Hastey notes

Ø  Corporal Hastey testified he only had 1 drink in the afternoon and did not remember the accident

Ø  Witness testimony stated he appeared to be intoxicated and that he laid down on the trolley tracks and passed out at about 7:30 pm

Ø  The witness went on to say that the trolley passed over him and continued on

Ø  The trolley driver stated that he did not know that he had injured anyone and wasn’t informed until later about the accident

The board concluded that Corporal Hastey was intoxicated at the time and that he was off duty


Feb 9, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 21, 1918

Promoted to the rank of Corporal


Nov 19, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Albuminuria, a loss of kidney function


Nov 27, 1918

Medical Board at the Queen’s Military Hospital notes

Ø  Patient complains of swelling of upper eye lids and defective vision, nervousness, back pain and insomnia

Ø  Marked tremor of the hands

Ø  Blood shows no sign of Albumen

Ø  Eye exam shows no eye disability and glasses are not needed

Ø  Board recommends observation only

Corporal Hastey disagreed with the findings of the board and entered the following:

“I am not well and I am not satisfied with this report.  I had Nephritis in London, England as was stated on my original MHS Great Northern Hospital.”  (Doctor’s note – Original MHS evidently lost)

Discharged to duty from hospital


Dec 9, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Corporal

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 180 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 180 Gladstone Ave., Ottawa, Ontario


Feb 23, 1921

Married to Lucy Ruby Ferguson in Ottawa, Ontario


Oct 10, 1960

Norman Edward Hastey died of a Heart Attack while a patient in the Ottawa Civic Hospital and was buried in the Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario



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