Percival "Percy" Warren Irwin

Jun 17, 1893

Born in Nipissing, Ontario to Dr. Houston and Minnie (nee Landers) Irwin


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59494 (temporary number 437)

Ø  Next of kin given as Dr. Houston Irwin, father, Pembroke, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Chauffeur

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

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.


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


Sep 20, 1915

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment #2 for disobeying an order


Nov 7, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Signaling Company, Canadian Engineers


Jun 29, 1917

Admitted to Hospital after suffering the effects of a gas attack


Jul 1, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 2, 1917

Admitted to the 3rd London General Hospital in Wandsworth while on leave with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis and Laryngitis

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


Nov 24, 1917

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Nov 30, 1917

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training


Dec 10, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the Headquarters Company, Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot

Granted 10 days sick leave


Feb 21, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Engineers Training Depot


May 21, 1918

Transferred to the CSME (Canadian School of Military Engineering) in Seaford


Jun 17, 1918

Sentenced to 28 days detention for being drunk on parade


Jun 18, 1918

Transferred to the CERB (Canadian Engineers Reserve Battalion) while serving the detention sentence


Aug 5, 1918

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being absent from July 28, 1918 and forfeited 8 days pay


Dec 14, 1918

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Jan 6, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Corporal with pay


Mar 1, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jun 16, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Orderly Room Sergeant


Jun 24, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot in Seaford


Jul 29, 1919

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Witley


Aug 8, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to the Canadian Engineers Regimental Depot


Aug 10, 1919

Posted to “M” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Aug 18, 1919

Admitted to the Canadian Special Hospital in Witley with a diagnosis that reads VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Sep 11, 1919

Discharged from hospital and embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya in London



Sep 20, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario

Taken On Strength No. 2 District Depot in Toronto


Sep 21, 1919

Admitted to the Base Hospital, Gerrard St., Toronto


Oct 9, 1919

Medical Board notes

Ø  The Syphilis infection is cured

Ø  Patient suffers from pain and weakness in the area of his previous Hernia surgery

Ø  Board recommends he discharged into the care of the DSCR (Department of Soldier Civil Re-establishment) for out patient care


Oct 14, 1919

To be treated as an out patient for continuing treatment of the Syphilis infection


Oct 18, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Acting Orderly Room Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 401299

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Pembroke, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Pembroke, Ontario


Mar 21, 1926

Percival Warren Irwin died in Vancouver, British Columbia of Epilepsy


The Province (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada)
24 Mar 1926, Wed · Page 26

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