Daniel S. McEachern

Oct 15, 1879

Born in Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59711 (temporary number 893)

Ø  Next of kin given as Alexander McEachern, Mabou, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Coal Miner

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “F” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 23, 1915

Admitted to Kingston Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


Jan 25, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 25, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Division Engineers Mining Section for duty


Oct 31, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 7, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 10, 1916

A 2 day extension to his leave was granted


Nov 13, 1916

Rejoined the mining section from leave


Jan 17, 1917

Private McEachern received shrapnel wounds to his back and left leg and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station

On being wounded, he ceased to be attached to the 2nd Division Mining Company


Jan 21, 1917

Transferred to the No. 4 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Jan 24, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital, Thorpe, Norwich

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


Mar 2, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Mar 10, 1917

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


Apr 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 30, 1917

Admitted to the Canadian Military Brigade Hospital in Eastbourne with a diagnosis that reads Piles


May 15, 1917

Surgery performed to remove the Hemorrhoids


Jun 11, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital and rejoined the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Sep 1, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 2, 1917

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 83 reinforcements from England and was Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Sep 16, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Villers au Bois, France


Nov 20, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private McEachern rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in Camblain L’Abbe, France


Oct 31, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 17, 1918

Rejoined the battalion in Mesvin, Belgium from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force and proceeded to Seigburg


Jan 18, 1919

Transferred to the NSRD (Nova Scotia Regimental Depot) in Bramshott, England as a Coal Miner.  This was in response to the Coal Miner strike in England when army troops were called on to operate the mines.


Feb 19, 1919

Transferred to MD (Military District) No. 6 in Kinmel Park, Wales pending return to Canada


Mar 10, 1919

Embarked the SS Celtic in Liverpool



Mar 18, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Mar 30, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 143088

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Mabou, Nova Scotia

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Mabou, Nova Scotia


Mar 7, 1924

Daniel McEachern died in Cape Breton, Nova Scotia as reported by his sister, Miss Mary S. McEachern, Box 31, Mabou, Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia


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