Harold William McAfee

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 2, 1890

Born in Napanee, Ontario to John and Hester “Hattie” (nee Marsh) McAfee


Jan 2, 1916

Attested into the 155th Battalion in Deseronto, Ontario

Ø      Number 636210

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. John McAfee, mother, Deseronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Painter

Ø      Previous military service given as 6 years in the 47th Regiment, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist

On attestation he stated that he was the sole provider for his widowed mother

The battalion conducted it’s training in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario


Jul 25, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Military Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Syphilis


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 30, 1916

Awarded 6 days detention and forfeited 12 day’s pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Oct 30, 1916

Awarded 7 days detention and forfeited 33 day’s pay for being AWL


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay


Jan 23, 1917

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Lysuria (painful urination) and transferred the same day to the CRS (Canadian Rest Station) for treatment


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred to the No. 18 General Hospital, Camiers


Feb 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital in England. 


Feb 17, 1917

Admitted to the Royal Naval Military Hospital, Chatham and the diagnosis was changed to read Urethral Stricture, but while in hospital he developed Pneumonia


Mar 10, 1917

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


Mar 11, 1917

Private McAfee died of Pneumonia while in hospital and was buried in the Sutton Road Cemetery, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widowed mother, Mrs. Hattie McAfee, Deseronto, Ontario


From the Perth Courier, March 16, 1917


Private McAfe is honoured on the war memorial in Deseronto, Ontario

He is also honoured on the war memorial in Napanee, Ontario

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