George Albert Main



Aug 25, 1890

Born in Windsor, Nova Scotia to John and Elizabeth Main


Jun 18, 1915

Attested into the 27th Battery of the CFA (Canadian Field Artillery) in Valcartier, Quebec

Ø  Number 90070

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Main, mother, Windsor, Nova Scotia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Bookkeeper

o   Later noted as Broker’s Salesman

o   Later noted as Stock and Bond Salesman

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


Aug 9, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Aug 18, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp


Sep 14, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and posted to “C” Company

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 12, 1916

While the battalion was in Brigade Reserve in billets in the town of Ridgewood, Belgium the men were often sent out on work parties to repair trenches and roads.  While on such a work party, Private Main received a gun shot wound that entered the left side of his chest, punctured his left lung and exited his back just below his left Clavicle.  He was evacuated to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Feb 18, 1916

Transferred via the No. 22 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 13 Canadian General Hospital in Boulogne, France where surgery was performed to remove bone fragments


Feb 20, 1916

Reported to be dangerously ill


Mar 9, 1916

Condition reported to be improving


Apr 16, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow

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


Jun 4, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Jul 7, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Eastbourne


Jul 10, 1916

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


Aug 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain



Aug 9, 1916

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Aug 15, 1916

Admitted to the Khaki Convalescent Hospital in Montreal, Quebec


Aug 18, 1916

Medical Board in Montreal notes

Ø  Atrophy in left arm and shoulder

Ø  Left arm is weak, flabby and wasted from lack of use

Ø  Lung not impaired

Ø  Incapacity is ½ for 3 months, then ¼ for 3 months

Ø  Recommend convalescent home for exercise and therapy


Jan 24, 1917

Medical Board in Montreal notes

Ø  Suffers from weakness of shoulder muscles

Ø  Some loss of 1st rib and inner end of clavicle

Ø  Complains of pain in pectoral muscles

Ø  Requires rest in convalescent home

Ø  Recommends discharge from military service as medically unfit


Feb 23, 1917

Discharged from hospital and from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 2542 Esplanade Ave., Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 290 De St. Valier St., Montreal, Quebec


Jul 8, 1969

George Albert Main died in Montreal, Quebec and was buried in the Mont-Royal Cemetery, Outremont, Quebec


Shown is the Allied Victory Medal.  If you know the location of the
missing 1914-15 Star or British War Medal, please
contact the webmaster to reunite his medals in one location



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