David Alexander McCracken

Sep 26, 1893

Born in Cornwall, Ontario David and Susan (nee McDermid) McCracken


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59703 (temporary number 954)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. D McCracken, mother, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Butcher

Ø  Previous military experience given as 59th Regiment, Stormont and Glengarry Regiment, Cornwall, Ontario

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to the Transport Section, Headquarters Company

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries




Mar 31, 1915

Private David McCracken and the Transport Section, along with horses and wagons, proceeded to England as an advance party to arrange for the arrival of the full battalion.

The rest of the battalion arrived in Devonport, England May 15, 1915 and reunited with the Transport Section in the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent where the battalion continued training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Nov 4, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jan 1, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 13, 1917

Rejoined the battalion resting in Bully Grenay, France from leave


Dec 6, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1917

Rejoined the battalion resting in Auchy au Bois, France from leave


Jul 11, 1918

Admitted to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza and Acute Bronchitis


Jul 12, 1918

Transferred to the No. 7 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and Pneumonia was added to the diagnosis


Jul 21, 1918

Transferred via the No. 6 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 32 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France


Jul 24, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the hospital ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England he was admitted to the County of Middlesex War Hospital in Napsbury, St Albans

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


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital, Woodcote Park, Epsom and the diagnosis reads Broncho Pneumonia


Sep 23, 1918

Discharged from hospital with 14 days sick leave with instructions to report to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) on completion of his leave

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) to undergo physical training


Nov 27, 1918

Discharged from hospital care and attached to the Depot Company of the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot in Witley


Dec 5, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

Attached to the Military District No. 3 at the Canadian Concentration Camp, Kinmel Park pending return to Canada


Feb 8, 1919

Embarked the SS Princess Juliana in Liverpool



Feb 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength the Sub Depot, Military District No. 3


Feb 20, 1919

Granted leave until March 6, 1919


Mar 11, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 102139

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Cornwall, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Cornwall, Ontario

David McCracken joined the Cornwall Volunteer Fire Brigade and served with them until 1945.


Nov 27, 1920

Married to Flora Mae Sauve in Cornwall, Ontario


Sep 1, 1937

Joined the Cornwall Police Force as the 7th member and rose to the rank of Sergeant.  He retired in 1959.

During this period, he served as President of the 21st Battalion Club in Cornwall

David Alexander McCracken died in Cornwall, Ontario in December of 1965 and was buried in the Woodlawn Cemetery, Cornwall



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