William Patrick Mangan

Jun 4, 1892

Born in Cork, Ireland


Mar 20, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario


Ø  Number 59631 (temporary number 1371)

Ø  Next of kin given as Ange Mangan, mother, 29 North Main Street, Cork, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Steward

Ø  Previous military experience given as 3 years in the US Army

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Apr 9, 1915

Posted to the Machine Gun Section


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


Jun 18, 1915

To be employed as a Batman to Lieut Raymond in “C” Company


Jul 9, 1915

Sentenced to 10 days detention and forfeited 8 days pay for being absent


Aug 11, 1915

Sentenced to 14 days detention and forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Machine Gun Section as a Batman to Lieut White


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 25, 1915

While in the “C” trenches at Messines, Belgium, Private Mangan received 20 to 30 Shrapnel wounds to most of his body and was carried by stretcher to the field ambulance approximately 1,000 yards behind the lines


Diagram showing extent of wounds


 Excerpt from The Emma Gees, by HW McBride of the 21st Battalion



Sep 26, 1915

Transferred to the No. 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) in Bailleul, France by motor ambulance


Sep 28, 1915

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Egypt


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Royal Victoria Hospital in Netley

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion for pay purposes while in hospital


Oct 4, 1915

Surgery performed to remove most of the shrapnel.  There was a piece of shrapnel that could not be removed that was lodged between his nose and left eye.


Oct 29, 1915

Transferred to the Duchess of Connaught Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Taplow where additional surgery was performed to remove shrapnel pieces from right hand


Feb 12, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Feb 15, 1916

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


Apr 20, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital in Ramsgate

On admission he complained of inability to close the fingers of his right hand and suffers from blurred vision in right eye.  He has a cock up splint applied to his right wrist due to shattered radius bone.  Several pieces of shrapnel remain throughout his body.


Jul 8, 1916

Granted leave until July 22, 1916


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone for light duty


Aug 26, 1916

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


Aug 28, 1916

Pension Board at Bath recommends annual pension of $288 be issued


Oct 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Liverpool



Oct 5, 1916

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Montreal, Quebec


Oct 30, 1916

Admitted to the Grey Nuns Convalescent Hospital in Montreal with a diagnosis that reads Paralysis of right hand


Nov 1, 1916

Medical Board in Montreal notes

Ø  Suffers from partial paralysis of right hand due to injury to flexors and extensors and has no power in hand

Ø  Has limited movement of left ankle that interferes with walking

Ø  Above conditions are a result of shrapnel wounds received at the front

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from service as medically unfit


Nov 30, 1916

Discharged from the CEF in Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 550 Visitation St., Montreal, Quebec

Ø  Shown as a Qualified Munitions Inspector

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 1740 O’Farrell St., San Francisco, California, USA


Mar 16, 1951

William Patrick Mangan died while a patient of the Agnew State Hospital, Agnew, California, USA and was buried in the Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, Colma, San Mateo County, California



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