Gustave "Guss" Holst

With additional research by Jim Busby

Jan 13, 1878

Born in Orabo, Sweden


Jul 1, 1906

Gustave Holst is listed as living at 130 Fort St., Winnipeg, Manitoba, employed by the Canadian Pacific Railway Company.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59475 (temporary number 307)

Ø  Next of kin given as Augusta Nelson, sister, 305 Ellen St., Winnipeg, Manitoba

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

o   Later noted as Cement Finisher

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Lutheran

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Apr 3, 1915

Fined $2.00 for an unrecorded offence


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


Jun 21, 1915

Fined $5.00 for being drunk


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 15, 1916

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Holst received shrapnel wounds to both legs and hands and was evacuated to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 49 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Sep 17, 1916

Transferred via the No. 22 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 11 Stationary Hospital in Rouen, France


Oct 14, 1916

Surgery performed to amputate his left leg above the knee due to gas gangrene


Oct 29, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Gloucester Castle


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital in Fazakerley, Liverpool

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


Feb 9, 1917

Transferred to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow


Mar 11, 1917

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


Mar 13, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel from his right leg


Mar 18, 1917

Transferred to the Granville Special Canadian Hospital in Ramsgate where a further amputation of the left leg was performed leaving a 6 inch stump

His right leg is noted as being stiff and his left hand is noted as being deformed, both a result of shrapnel wounds


May 11, 1917

Embarked the Hospital Ship Letitia in Liverpool



May 22, 1917

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


May 31, 1917

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Left leg amputated above knee

Ø  Index finger left hand shortened by ¾ inch due to shrapnel injury

Ø  Several surgical scars noted on both legs

Ø  Patient complains of weakness of right leg

Ø  Disability set at 65%

Ø  Board recommends convalescent home treatment in Toronto, Ontario

Transportation was provided to Toronto, Ontario


Jun 5, 1917

Admitted to the North Toronto Orthopedic Military Hospital where he was fitted with an artificial leg


Nov 23, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the North Toronto Orthopedic Military Hospital


Dec 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  No proposed residence was given

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 246 Terauley St., Toronto, Ontario

Following his discharge, Gus Holst married Elizabeth Caddick


Oct 24, 1927

Gustave Holst died in Belleville, Ontario and was buried in the Belleville Cemetery



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