Archibald "Archie" Harold Hewitt

Jun 9, 1894

Born in Hastings, Sussex, England

While giving background information on admission to hospital in 1918, he stated that he played football as a youth and went to work in a factory at the age of 14.  At the age of 15 he suffered from Hemorrhagic Fever and spent almost a year in bed.


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59461 (temporary number 302)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. C. Taylor, sister, Ball St., Cobourg, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Marine Fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 6 months in the Cobourg Artillery

Ø  Religion given as Congregationalist

Ø  Assigned to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


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 27, 1915

Sentenced to 7 days detention for being Absent Without Leave


Aug 1, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay for absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Oct 21, 1915

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Chorea (involuntary muscle movement) and transferred the same day to the No. 3 Casualty Clearing Station in La Clytte, Belgium.  Later that day he was admitted to the Divisional Rest Station in La Clytte


Oct 23, 1915

Transferred via the No. 9 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 18 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers, France.  On admission to hospital he claimed to have been blown up by an artillery shell the previous day.  It would seem that he was suffering from Shell Shock


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the No. 7 Convalescent Depot in Camiers to continue his recovery


Nov 15, 1915

Discharged to the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre


Dec 22, 1915

Transferred to the Canadian Training Division after being classified Permanent Base, meaning that he was not fit for front line duty


Dec 24, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion at Shorncliffe and invalided to England


Jan 22, 1916

Sentenced to 8 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 4 days pay for being absent


Mar 8, 1916

Attached to the Canadian Army Pay Corps in London for duty


Sep 18, 1916

Transferred to the Engineer & Barrack Services


Dec 28, 1916

Transferred to the No. 1 Detachment Canadian Army Service Corps


Jan 24, 1917

Attached to the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in East Sandling.  Shortly after the formation of the battalion, it moved to Seaford to train reinforcements for the front


Feb 13, 1917

Sentenced to 12 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 7 days pay and allowances for absence


Apr 3, 1917

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 1 day pay and allowances for absence


May 7, 1917

Posted to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Railway Training Depot in Purfleet


Jun 1, 1917

Transferred to the 10th Battalion Canadian Railway Troops in Purfleet


Jun 18, 1917

The battalion proceeded to France


Jan 28, 1918

Admitted to the No. 3 New Zealand Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads VDH (Valvular Disease of the Heart)


Feb 1, 1918

Transferred via the No. 37 Ambulance Train and admitted to the No. 7 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples


Feb 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven



On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bath War Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Valvular Disease of the Heart

Posted to the Canadian Railway Troops Training Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Convalescent Hospital in Bushy Park, Hampton Hill and diagnosis is changed to read DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart)

It is noted on admission that he smokes 15 to 20 cigarettes per day and drinks beer or whiskey daily


May 8, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the No. 3 Canadian Convalescent Depot


Aug 14, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 3 days pay and allowances for being absent from August 12, to August 14.


Aug 15, 1918

Discharged from the convalescent depot and reported to the Canadian Railway Troops Training Depot in Purfleet


Oct 28, 1918

Attached to the Canadian Discharge Depot in Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Nov 21, 1918

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Dec 3, 1918

Taken On Strength the Casualty Company of No. 3 District Depot, Kingston

Granted leave with subsistence until December 16


Jan 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” to be issued at a later date

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Cobourg, Ontario


Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Box 722 Cobourg, Ontario



Aug 25, 1923

Archie Hewitt entered the United States at the Detroit, Michigan border crossing to visit his brother William C. Hewitt at 11 Rowena St, Detroit.  He listed his occupation as Electrician and his next of kin as his wife, Ruth A. Hewitt, Box 722 Cobourg, Ontario


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