William John Martin



Jul 29, 1871

Born at Surrey London England


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59642 (temporary number 606)

Ø      Next of kin given as Ada Martin (wife) of Little Britain Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later recorded as cement worker

Ø      Previous military experience given as East Surry Regiment for 12 years, 363 days

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company


Dec 18, 1914

Promoted to rank of Sgt


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in appointment as Sgt


Sep 8, 1915

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Feb 18, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to Divisional Rest Station with Myalgia, pain in right arm, shoulder and neck


Feb 24, 1916

Discharged to duty


Mar 8, 1916

Admitted to No 5 CFA with Myalgia


Mar 10, 1916

Transferred to No 6 CFA then to Divisional Rest Station


Mar 17, 1916

Transferred to Divisional CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Mar 25, 1916

Discharged to duty


Apr 16, 1916

Admitted to Divisional Rest Station with Myalgia, pain in legs


Apr 24, 1916

Discharged to duty


Aug 19, 1916

Classified “C” (fit for service in England only) and proceeded to England


Aug 22, 1916

TOS CBD (Canadian Base Depot)


Aug 26, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Aug 27, 1916

Medical Board at Folkstone declared: 

Ø      Suffering from Myalgia due to being overage

Ø      Fit for Permanent Base Duty only (PBD)


Aug 28, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion as PBD (Permanent Base Duty)


Sep 25, 1916

Discharged to duty


Nov 11, 1916

Ceases to be attached to 39th Reserve Battalion on reporting to CCAC at West Sandling Camp


Feb 4, 1917

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


Feb 13, 1917

Ceases to attached to CDD and is SOS (Struck Off Strength) to Canada


Feb 20, 1917

Embarked the SS Grampian at Liverpool



Mar 22, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City, Quebec as being no longer physically fit for war service


Sep 15, 1919

Admitted to Sydenham Military Hospital, Kingston Ontario with “Debility, Syphilis”


Oct 31, 1919

Medical Board at Sydenham Military Hospital, Kingston notes: 

Ø      Man was discharged in 1917 because of Rheumatism in right thigh

Ø      From June through July, 1919, complained of pain in base of left lung

Ø      Complains of dry hacking cough

Ø      Is 20 pounds underweight, even though well nourished

Ø      Diminished expansion of left side of chest

Ø      Has received one treatment for Syphilis but refuses further treatments

Ø      Has defective hearing and wears glasses

Ø      After refusal of further treatment, was discharged from hospital


Nov 4, 1919

Admitted to Sydenham Military Hospital, Kingston with Syphilis


Nov 25, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Sep 12, 1920

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 35 George Street East, Lindsay Ontario 


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