John Jordan, MM


Jun 2, 1893

Born at Leeds England


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59528 (temporary number 537)

Ø      Next of kin James Jordan (father) of Browntown, Peterborough Ontario

o       Later noted as Mrs Ellen Jordan (mother) of 629 Union St, Peterborough Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Brick Layer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “E” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec


From the Peterborough Examiner, August 8, 1915


May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp near Hythe Kent


Jul 13, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Jul 15, 1915

Returned to duty from being AWL and forfeited 3 days pay for his absence


Aug 30, 1915

Reported to be AWL


Aug 31, 1915

Returned to duty from being AWL and forfeited 2 days pay for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Apr 16, 1916

Attached to 4th Canadian Infantry Trench Mortar Battery


Feb 11, 1917

Admitted to CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosis reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever


Feb 13, 1917

Transferred to No 9 CFA


Feb 15, 1917

Returned to duty from the CFA


Apr 9, 1917

During the attack on Vimy Ridge, was knocked down by a shell explosion, but regained his feet and proceeded another 100 yards before excessive bleeding caused him to turn back to his own lines. 

He had received shrapnel wounds to his right arm which caused temporary paralysis as well as shrapnel wounds to his face and jaw, knocking out 3 teeth and causing severe facial damage.  He could not eat anything for the first week because of fractured jaw and shrapnel balls being embedded in his face and neck 

Admitted to the CFA


Apr 11, 1917

Transferred to No 13 Stationary Hospital at Boulogne


Apr 14, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Denis


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


Apr 16, 1917

Admitted to the Wharncliffe War Hospital at Sheffield


Apr 21, 1917

X-Rays show that there are still shrapnel balls imbedded in his jaw as well as between the 3rd and 4th Cervical Vertebrae


Apr 24, 1917

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel balls and fragments from jaw and neck


Jun 11, 1917

Transferred to the Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 18, 1917

Discharged from Hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion 

Appointed to rank of Acting Lance Cpl without pay


Jul 3, 1917

Forfeits 6 days pay and allowances for absence from June 28 to July 3, 1917 

Reverted to rank of Pte for overstaying his pass


Jul 17, 1917

Awarded 28 days FP (Field Punishment) No 2 for Drunkenness and pay restricted for 2 months


Aug 15, 1917

Admitted to hospital at the Aldershot Camp diagnosed with VDS (Venereal Disease Syphilis)


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to Connaught War Hospital at Aldershot


Aug 22, 1917

Discharged from hospital and continued treatment as an out patient


Sep 18, 1917

Awarded 15 days FP No 2 for Drunkenness


Dec 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1917

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


Dec 11, 1917

Arrived at the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 14, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Jan 10, 1918

Attached to the 4th CLTM (Canadian Light Trench Mortar Battery) for duty


Feb 2, 1918

SOS the 21st Battalion on transfer to the 4th CLTM Battery


Jun 4, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl AL Eve 138561, who was killed in action


Sep 2, 1918           

The 21st Battalion’s War Diary announced the awarding of the Military Medal



Oct 29, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to England


Nov 14, 1918

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Nov 15, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31142



Mar 12, 1919

Admitted to No 6 CFA with Influenza


Mar 15, 1919

Discharged to duty


Mar 25, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD pending return to Canada and shown on leave


Apr 9, 1919

Returned from leave and attached to the EORD Depot Company at Seaford


May 9, 1919

TOS MD #3 Wing at Kinmel pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

TOS District Depot #3 at Kingston Ontario


May 18, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania at Southampton



May 25, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston Ontario


May 27, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277624

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge GPO Peterborough

Ø      Rank on discharge Cpl


Apr 19, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 629 Union St, Peterborough Ontario


Jan 13, 1922

Address changed to read 338 Water St, Peterborough Ontario


May 22, 1950


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