John Robert Crawford MacPherson

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Aug 7, 1887

Born in Penetanguishene, Ontario to John Crawford and Christina Ann (nee Lazier) MacPherson


Jun 1, 1911

The 1911 Canadian Census lists him living in Ottawa, Ontario with his parents and lists his occupation as a Grocery Clerk


Oct 17, 1917

Medical exam performed under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Ottawa, Ontario and declared fit for service. 


Jan 11, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment), Kingston, Ontario under the MSA

Ø      Number 4021085

Ø      Next of kin given as John Crawford MacPherson, father, 96 Waverly St., Ottawa, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Clerk, Militia Dept.

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Jan 22, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in St. John, New Brunswick as part of the 1st Depot Battalion, EOR 2nd Draft


Feb 6, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford.  On arrival the draft was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion for training


Feb 12, 1918

Reported sick with a sore throat and was treated by the battalion’s Medical Officer, who sent him to be seen by a medical board.


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford to continue his training


Feb 20, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian Hospital, Eastbourne diagnosed with Tonsillitis and infected Adenoids


Mar 8, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 262 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

Joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast


Aug 28, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details behind the front lines in Achicourt, southwest of Arras


Oct 11, 1918

During the 21st Battalion’s attack on the high ground at Avesnes-le-Sec, Private MacPherson was killed in action and buried in the Niagara Cemetery, Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. J MacPherson, 98 Waverley St., Ottawa, Ontario

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, J.C. MacPherson at the same address

He is also commemorated in the family plot in the Beechwood Cemetery in Ottawa, Ontario


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