James Louis McCann

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 21, 1878

Born in Gananoque, Ontario to Andres James and Mary Elizabeth (nee O’Sullivan) McCann


Jul 22, 1915

Attested into the 77th Battalion in Smiths Falls, Ontario 

Ø      Number 144622

Ø      Next of kin given as Anna McCann, wife, c/o Thomas McCutcheon, Osgoode Hall, corner Queen and University Ave., Toronto, Ontario

o       There is a note in the file to also notify M. McCann, 29 Pembroke St., Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Drug Clerk

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Oct 23, 1915

Embarked the SS California in Quebec City, Quebec as part of the 77th Battalion’s 1st Regimental Draft


Oct 31, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and the draft proceeded to Shorncliffe where it was absorbed into the 12th Reserve Battalion for additional training


Nov 12, 1915

Sentenced to 3 days Field Punishment #2 for being drunk on duty


Mar 15, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 16, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 1,288 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion. 

After a short stay here, he joined the battalion at the front.


May 20, 1916

Admitted to the No. 23, General Hospital in Etaples with a gun shot wound to his back


May 25, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 4 London General Hospital, Denmark Hill, London.

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Corps Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Jul 9, 1916

Recommended for discharge from hospital with light duties


Jul 10, 1916

Discharged from hospital to light duties with the CBD


Jul 15, 1916

Sentenced to 2 days Field Punishment #2 and forfeited 2 days pay for Drunkenness


Jul 25, 1916

On Command to the 1st CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for rehabilitation


Nov 5, 1916

Posted to the 1st CCTB (Canadian Corps Training Battalion) at Shoreham for duty


Nov 13, 1916

Forfeited 5 days pay for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 2 days


Nov 20, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS the 21st Battalion and rejoined the 21st Battalion shortly after


Mar 6, 1917

Admitted to the nearby field ambulance diagnosed with dysentery


Mar 8, 1917

Transferred to the 42nd CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for treatment


Mar 11, 1917

Discharged to duty from the CCS


May 7, 1917

While in the support trench along the railway embankment near Thelus Cave, Private McCann received shrapnel wounds to his right hand, arm and leg and was first admitted to the nearby field ambulance before being transported to the casualty clearing station for treatment


May 8, 1917

Admitted to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital at Outreau where surgery was performed to remove shrapnel pieces


May 19, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

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


May 22, 1917

Admitted to the 1st Northern General Hospital, Newcastle-on-Tyne


May 31, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital, Ramsgate


Jun 16, 1917

Discharged from hospital and On Command to the 3rd CCD for rehabilitation where he was posted to “H” Company at the St. Leonard’s Hospital, Edinburgh, while undergoing physical therapy


Jul 26, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion, Seaford


Mar 7, 1918

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Apr 8, 1918

Embarked the SS Mauretania in Liverpool, England


Apr 15, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario




May 10, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” would have been issued, but the number was not recorded in the file

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Osgoode Hall, Toronto, Ontario

Ø      Entitled to wear 2 gold wound stripes


Nov 18, 1918

Admitted to St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto diagnosed with Influenza


Nov 28, 1918

Died in St. Michaels Hospital, Toronto, of Bronchial Pneumonia and buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario

Initially his death was not attributed to his service, but this was later reversed and following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Annie McCann, c/o T. McCutcheon, Osgoode Hall, Toronto, Ontario


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