William Archibald "Archie" Horn

Aug 14, 1895

Born in Pembroke, Ontario to Thomas Robertson and Eliza Ann (nee Drynan) Horn


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59481 (temporary number 436)

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss Myrtle Horn, sister, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Railroad Porter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “D” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Jan 1, 1915

Admitted to Kingston hospital with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


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


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Mar 8, 1916

Employed as a “B” Company Batman to a platoon commander


Jul 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Infected right ear lobe and Cervical Adenitis (a lymph node infection).  He was transferred the same day to the No. 2 Division Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Jul 10, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jul 31, 1916

Attached to the 4th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery for duty


Aug 13, 1916

While in the front line trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium, Private Horn received shrapnel wounds to his lower legs and was evacuated to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance


Aug 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 2 Division Rest Station at the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance


Aug 21, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the trench mortar battery


Sep 23, 1916

Admitted to the No. 8 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Calloused feet


Sep 29, 1916

Discharged to duty and rejoined the trench mortar battery


Nov 6, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 22, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 4, 1917

Rejoined the trench mortar battery from leave


Mar 26, 1917

Admitted to the 2/1st West Riding British Casualty Clearing Station with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause, often referred to as Trench Fever


Apr 4, 1917

Transferred via No. 14 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 24 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Apr 10, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Essex County War Hospital in Colchester

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


Apr 30, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 18, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for Physical Training


Oct 4, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 3, 1918

Transferred to #7 Wing, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Regina in Liverpool



Dec 20, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength the Casualty Company, Military District #3


Dec 24, 1918

Granted leave until January 6, 1919


Jan 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 160 Herkimer St., Hamilton, Ontario


Mar 19, 1920

Married to Mary Catherine Gladis Dazé in Ottawa, Ontario

His occupation was noted as Multigraph Operator and his religion was noted as Church of England


Return to Tribute list