Harold James Hough



Nov 19, 1894

Born at North Augusta, Leeds County, Ontario to Robert and Katherine Hough (nee Ralph)


Apr 26, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion at Brockville Ontario 

Ø      Number 640110

Ø      Next of kin given as Robert K Hough (father) of North Augusta Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as School Teacher

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England


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

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 120th Battalion at the Bramshott Camp when the Battalion was broken up to reinforce other Battalions


Jan 9, 1917

The Battalion was reformed and Pte Hough was transferred back to the 156th Battalion at Witley


Aug 3, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Sep 14, 1917

Will made out leaving his estate to his father, Robert King Hough, of North Augusta Ontario


Feb 28, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Pte at his own request in order to be transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

Left 2 CIBD and arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Mar 15, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Gouy-Servins carrying out training exercises.  Pte Hough arrived as part of a draft of 105 Other Ranks to reinforce the strength of the Battalion.


Apr 1, 1918

Wounded by shrapnel in the left thigh and admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) and was transferred the same day to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) 

The Battalion was in the front lines at Neuville Vitasse and came under an intense artillery barrage.  Pte Hough was 1 of 51 Other Ranks to be wounded in addition to 6 others being killed.


Apr 2, 1918

Transferred to the No 56 General Hospital at Etaples where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel from his thigh


Apr 5, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


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

Admitted to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham


Apr 6, 1918

Transferred to the Preston Hall Military Hospital at Aylesford Kent


Jul 30, 1918

Transferred back to the Fort Pitt Military Hospital at Chatham


Aug 2, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital at Epsom and started a program of Physical Therapy


Aug 23, 1918

TOS the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford on discharge from hospital


Sep 13, 1918

Passed an Anti Gas training course


Dec 9, 1918

On Command to Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Dec 12, 1918

Embarked the SS Regina at Liverpool



Dec 20, 1918

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


Dec 23, 1918

TOS No 3 District Depot Casualty Company at Kingston Ontario


Jan 21, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Brockville Ontario 

There is no indication on his medals card that either the British War Medal or the Victory Medals were ever sent to him 

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