Angus Donald James MacKinnon

Jul 21, 1889

Born in Dickson Landing, Ontario to John Roderick and Sarah Ellen (nee McMillan) MacKinnon


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59621 (temporary number 544)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mr. MacKinnon, father, Williamstown, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Merchant

o   Later noted as Grocer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” 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


Nov 6, 1915

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Renal Colic (Kidney Stones)


Nov 8, 1915

Transferred to the Division Rest Station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance in Locre, Belgium


Nov 16, 1915

Discharged to duty and rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Ridgewood, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During fierce fighting at the sugar factory south of Courcelette, France, Private MacKinnon received a shrapnel wound to his right thigh and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station for further treatment


Sep 16, 1916

Transferred to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, France where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel pieces


Sep 26, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the 1st Northern General Hospital in Newcastle on Tyne

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jan 11, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Feb 27, 1917

Discharged to duty with the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Mar 1, 1917

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for Physical Training at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 19, 1917

Discharged from St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


May 11, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Mumps


Jun 8, 1917

Discharged to duty with the 6th Reserve Battalion


Sep 12, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 13, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 42 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Sep 27, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois, France


Nov 11, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Corporal with pay


Nov 20, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, A/L/Cpl MacKinnon rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Camblain L’Abbe, France


May 16, 1918

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), sometimes referred to as Trench Fever.  Transferred the same day to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance

Reverted to the rank of Private on admission to the field ambulance


May 22, 1918

Transferred to a casualty clearing station


May 24, 1918

Transferred to the No. 1 Australian General Hospital in Rouen, France


May 25, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Grantully Castle


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Northamptonshire War Hospital in Duston and the diagnosis was changed to read Pleurisy

Transferred to Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


Jun 21, 1918

Transferred to the Auxiliary Church Hospital in Brampton


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Aug 24, 1918

Attended the County of London War Hospital in Epsom for an eye exam


Sep 20, 1918

Discharged from hospital with leave until September 30, 1918 with instructions to report to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) on completion of his leave

Attached to the 3rd Canadian Command Depot for physical training


Oct 31, 1918

Granted permission to marry and later his next of kin was changed to read Isabel “Mabel” MacKinnon, wife, Hillcroft, Sheriff Hill, Gateshead on Tyne


Nov 27, 1918

Transferred to the Depot Company, Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Witley and attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot at Witley


Nov 28, 1918

Medical Board in Witley notes that he suffers from DAH (Disordered Activity of the Heart) caused by Pleurisy


Dec 23, 1918

Attached to the 1st CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 4, 1919

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool



Jan 16, 1919

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was posted to the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company


Jan 18, 1919

Granted leave until January 31, 1919


Feb 3, 1919

Admitted to the Queen’s University Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis

Notes on admission

Ø  Complains of pain in right chest and shortness of breath on exertion

Ø  Has lost about 10 lbs in past 6 months

Ø  X-Ray shows irregular shadows but no sign of Tuberculosis

Ø  His disability is a result of his service


Feb 7, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Feb 13, 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 Williamstown, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Williamstown, Ontario


Feb 16, 1964

Angus Donald MacKinnon died in Toronto, Ontario


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