William G Hughes

Aug 19, 1895

Born in Manchester, England


Nov 10, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59486 (temporary number 769)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. C Hughes, mother, 5 Redford St., Newton Heath, Manchester, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Telephone Lineman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 59th Regiment and the Royal Canadian Dragoons for 3 months

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   He was later posted to the Signals Section

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


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


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “C” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 10, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 1, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 13, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Feb 17, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Division Signals Company


Sep 7, 1917

Granted 10 days leave to Nice


Sep 20, 1917

Rejoined the signals company from leave


Oct 31, 1917

Admitted to the No. 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), more commonly called Trench Fever


Nov 2, 1917

Transferred via the No. 26 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples and the diagnosis was changed to read Trench Fever


Nov 12, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the 2nd Western General Hospital in Manchester

Transferred to the CERD (Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to the North Reddish Hospital in Manchester


Nov 28, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton

On admission he complained of pain in right chest, feels weak and run down.  2 weeks of convalescence with Light Duties was recommended


Dec 20, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian War Hospital in Walmer


Jan 18, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Mar 2, 1918

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian Hospital in Basingstoke


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bexhill where flat feet were noted


Jun 14, 1918

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) to continue his recovery


Aug 15, 1918

Attached to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) for duty in Seaford


Sep 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached to the school and joined the Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot


Oct 18, 1918

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Nov 19, 1918

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Dec 1, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength the No. 3 District Depot Casualty Company


Dec 3, 1918

Granted leave until December 16, 1918


Dec 19, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Man suffers from DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart) and Flat Feet

Ø  Complains of being short of breath, dizzy at times and feels all in

Ø  Does not sleep well

Ø  Feet are painful


Jan 3, 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 475 Bolivar St., Peterborough, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 477 Bolivar St., Peterborough, Ontario


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