John Kinghorn

Aug 25, 1870

Born in Moor Monkton, Yorkshire, England to Joseph and Mary (nee Shepherd) Kinghorn


Mar 13, 1888

Embarked the SS Parisian in Liverpool



Mar 24, 1888

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


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59553 (temporary number 648)

Ø  Next of kin given as Thomas Kinghorn, brother, Cambray, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Mason

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

John Kinghorn lied about his age on attesting stating that he had been born in 1874, not his actual birth year of 1870

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


May 28, 1916

Granted 9 days leave.  This was extended to June 7, 1916


Aug 23, 1916

Private Kinghorn was having difficulty keeping up on long marches and had difficulty carrying his pack and was transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France.  He was classified “TB” (Temporary Base) meaning he was temporarily unfit for combat duty


Aug 31, 1916

Medical Category changed to “C” meaning he was not fit for combat duty and proceeded to England

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Sep 3, 1916

Medical Board at Folkestone notes

Ø  Man looks older than his age of 46

Ø  Has had trouble marching and carrying a pack since May

Ø  Board recommends he is only fit for Permanent Base Duty


Sep 7, 1916

Attached to the CTD (Canadian Training Depot) for permanent base duty


Sep 13, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling for light duties


Oct 12, 1916

Medical Board in West Sandling notes

Ø  Man is overage

Ø  Exposure at the front has made him weak and nervous

Ø  He is unable to keep up on marches and has difficulty with any duty

Ø  Has tremors in hands and a knee jerk


Nov 16, 1916

Ceased to be attached to the reserve battalion and rejoined the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Shoreham


Dec 8, 1916

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


Dec 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool



Jan 7, 1917

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Quebec City, Quebec


Jan 30, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge was not given

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


Jul 6, 1933

Married to Edna Ethel Newson in Lindsay, Ontario.  His occupation was listed as Insurance Agent


Mar 18, 1954

John Kinghorn died in in Cambray, Ontario and was buried in the Eden Church Cemetery in Cambray



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