Danford Harry Holbrook, MM



Feb 14, 1889

Born at Cambridge Vermont, USA


Apr 7, 1912

Married to Anna May Margaret Pohl at Toronto Ontario 

He gave his religion at that time as being Methodist and his new wife’s religion was given as Roman Catholic


Mar 25, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      Number 640011

Ø      Next of kin given as Anna May Holbrook (wife) of the Cecil Hotel, Ottawa Ontario

o       After his enlistment, his wife moved to Dorchester Massachusetts USA

Ø      Previous occupation given as Restaurant Manager

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic 

On enlistment he stated he had a 2 year old daughter named Anna Marie Holbrook


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to the Witley Camp


Nov 1, 1916

Transferred to the 120th Battalion at Bramshott


Dec 28, 1916

Admitted to the Military Isolation Hospital at Aldershot diagnosed with Parotiditis and placed in isolation.  The diagnosis was later changed to read Mumps


Jan 9, 1917

Transferred to the 156th Battalion while still in hospital


Jan 16, 1917

Discharged from hospital


May 2, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay and the same day is appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant without pay


May 20, 1917

Reverts to rank of Pte in order to proceed to France


May 23, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 24, 1917

Arrived at No 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jun 10, 1917

Left 2 CIBD for unit


Jun 11, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at the Coupigny Huts carrying out training exercises and participating in sporting activities


Aug 25, 1917

Proceeded on course.  The type and purpose was not recorded


Sep 1, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from course


Oct 28, 1917

Promoted to rank of Corporal 

This promotion was announced in the Battalion’s Part II Orders on October 31, 1917, but the date for the promotion is shown as October 28, 1916.  He is recorded as replacing Cpl AJ Hoddinott, 59470 who had been promoted on that date.  However, it is clear from the file that Cpl Holbrook was not TOS the 21st Battalion until May of 1917


Nov 2, 1917

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30364


Citation reads

For conspicuous bravery and determination.  While acting as a stretcher bearer, the line as vigorously attacked by the enemy, and with a captured gun he mounted guard over a dug-out in which was seven stretcher cases, including an Officer.  He was enabled to keep the enemy off until a party of twenty came to his relief and evacuated the casualties, after which the party were forced to withdraw.  This stretcher bearer during the four days tour worked most assiduously under continuous shell and rifle fire.

AFW 3121    28-8-17


Nov 3, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and then transferred to No 3 Australian CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with a shrapnel wound to his right arm


Nov 5, 1917

Transferred to No 8 Stationary Hospital at Wimereux


Nov 9, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


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

Admitted to 1st London General Hospital at Camberwell


Dec 12, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Mar 8, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) at Seaford


Apr 18, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jul 24, 1918

Appointed to Acting Lance Sgt with pay


May 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania at Southampton


TOS District Depot No 4 at Montreal Quebec


May 25, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal Quebec


May 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Montreal Quebec 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 299380

Ø      Rank on discharge Lance Sergeant

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 396 West 4th Street, South Boston Massachusetts USA


Dec 23, 1928

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 538 East 4th Street, South Boston Massachusetts USA.  He was reported to still be living at that address in January 1934 

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