Arthur James Hoddinott, MM



Jan 23, 1896

Born at Middlesex England


Mar 5, 1910

Embarked the RMS Baltic at Liverpool



Mar 14, 1910

Disembarked at New York City USA and proceeded to Coe Hill Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59470 (temporary number 1013)

Ø      Next of kin given as Harvey (Harry) Hoddinott (brother) of Coe Hill, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mill House

o       Later noted as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the Depot Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to 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


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 8, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl with pay to replace L/Cpl Landsborough 59563, who had been attached to the 4th Canadian Infantry Brigade Trench Mortar Battery


Apr 11, 1916

At duty from leave


Aug 14, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl Giroux 59370, who had been sent to England


Sep 14, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Sgt to replace L/Sgt Whitelaw 60058, who had been promoted


Sep 15, 1916

Buried by shell explosion and treated by the Battalion Medical Officer.  Suffered instant hearing loss, but remained at duty


Oct 28, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Wiggins 60061, who had been commissioned


Dec 5, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Otitis Media (an ear infection)


Dec 8, 1916

Reported for duty from Field Ambulance


Apr 22, 1917

Granted 10 days Special Leave to London because of hearing problems


May 3, 1917

Admitted to the Queen Alexandra Military hospital at Millbank, London, while on leave diagnosed with Otitis Media  

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


May 23, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


May 30, 1917

Discharged from Convalescent Hospital and attached to St Leonard’s Hospital for Physical Training and conditioning


Jul 9, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30172



Citation reads

For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in action.  After his Officer had become a casualty he took his men through heavy machine gun fire and succeeded in gaining his objective.  His initiative on this occasion undoubtedly saved a very critical situation.

AFW 3121    15-14-17


Jul 11, 1917

On Command to No 3 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Nov 1, 1917

Ceases to be On Command to 3rd CCD


Nov 8, 1917

On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 17, 1917

Embarked the SS Saxonia at Liverpool



Nov 30, 1917

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia 

Proceeded to the Military Convalescent Home at Kingston Ontario


Dec 19, 1917

Admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital, Kingston diagnosed with Otitis Media.  His right ear was discharging, while the left ear is somewhat improved 

He is assessed with a 15% hearing loss which is determined to be permanent.  This was caused by concussion as a result of shell explosions


Dec 20, 1917

Discharged from hospital for treatment as an Out-Patient


Mar 18, 1918

Medical Board at Queen’s Military Hospital Kingston recommends that he be discharged from the CEF as Medically Unfit due to hearing loss


Apr 15, 1918

Discharged from hospital 

Discharged from the CEF as Medically Unfit 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number not recorded

Ø      Rank on discharge – Sgt

Ø      Proposes residence on discharge – Coe Hill Ontario


Jul 15, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at 234 Montrose Ave, Toronto Ontario 

It is worthy to note that “Hoddie” Hoddinott was active with the 21st Battalion Club in Toronto, serving a term as Secretary in 1937


Apr 27, 1946

Died (location not known at this time)


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