Walter Allan McDougall

Mar 12, 1890

Born in Komoka, Ontario to James and Ann Mariah (nee McClurg) McDougall


Jan 14, 1915

Attested into the 33rd Battalion CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Number 401191

Ø  Next of kin given as James McDougall, father, RR No. 2, Komoka, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to the battalion’s 2nd Regimental Draft


Aug 17, 1915

The 2nd draft embarked the SS Hesperian in Montreal, Quebec



Aug 28, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Shorncliffe where the draft was absorbed into the 9th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 3, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Feb 5, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 17, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private McDougall joined the 21st Battalion in the N & O trenches near Voormezeele, Belgium


Feb 18, 1916

Attached to the 4th Brigade Machine Gun Section for duty


Mar 12, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from the machine gun section


Jun 17, 1916

While in the 33 to 38 trenches near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, the battalion came under an artillery barrage in the early morning and Private McDougall received shrapnel wounds to his scalp and right hand.  He was given first aid at the nearby field ambulance before being sent to the casualty clearing station for additional treatment.  He was transferred later in the day to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, France


Jun 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Dartford War Hospital, Dartford

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


Jul 8, 1916

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Wood Cote Park, Epsom to continue his recovery.  On admission a Goitre was noted and the patient stated he had it since his youth.


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Nov 30, 1916

Ceased to be attached and returned to the CCAC


Dec 2, 1916

Transferred to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) for PBD (Pay, Board and Discipline)


Mar 21, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) in Seaford


Apr 18, 1917

Permission granted to be married

Next of kin changed to read Olive Lilian Rose McDougall (nee Dunk) in Hastings

Granted the Good Conduct Badge


Aug 28, 1917

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


Sep 15, 1917

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool



Sep 26, 1917

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to London, Ontario


Oct 28, 1917

Declared fit for duty


Nov 29, 1917

Admitted to the Military Convalescent Hospital in London


Jan 18, 1918

Medical Board in London notes:

Ø  Goitre noted since childhood

Ø  Swelling of glands in his neck

Ø  Marked tremor in hands

Ø  Notes that the Thyroid is undergoing changes and as a result the patient becomes increasingly intoxicated to cope

The board recommended discharge from the service as medically unfit


Jan 19, 1918

Discharged from hospital to receive treatment as an out-patient


Feb 6, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in London, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge RR #2 Komoka, Ontario


Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at RR #2 Komoka, Ontario


May 11, 1920

Embarked the SS Tunisian in London


Walter and Olive had previously sailed to England to visit Olive’s family in Hastings


May 24, 1920

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Komoka, Ontario


Jun 15, 1921

The 1921 Census shows him living with his wife, Olive, at 53 Wyandotte St., Walkerville, Ontario


Aug 2, 1959

Walter Allan McDougall died on this date and was buried in the Campbell Cemetery, Komoka, Ontario


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