Joseph Leo Bernard McEachern

Jan 3, 1886

Born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia to John and Ellen (nee Desmond) McEachern


Oct 19, 1917

Medical examination held at Antigonish, Nova Scotia under the terms of the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) and he was declared fit for service


Mar 22, 1918

Drafted into the 1st Depot Battalion, Nova Scotia Regimental Depot in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Ø  Number 3181226

Ø  Next of kin given as John McEachern, father, Mulgrave, Nova Scotia

Ø  Previous occupation given as Railway Employee – Electrician

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

For some reason when he registered for the MSA he gave his birth date as August 21, 1885, instead of the actual date of January 3, 1886

On being sworn in he stated that he was the sole supporter of his parents and an invalid aunt


Apr 15, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Segregation Camp at Frensham Pond and Taken On Strength the 17th Reserve Battalion.  The segregation camp was used to ensure that none of the men were infected with influenza before joining their unit.


Jun 6, 1918

Left the segregation camp and joined the 17th Reserve Battalion at Bramshott


Sep 19, 1918

Transferred to the 85th Battalion


Sep 21, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and Taken On Strength 85th Battalion


Sep 25, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Sep 30, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion while still at the reinforcement camp


Oct 1, 1918

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 3, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private McEachern joined the 21st Battalion rear details behind the Hindenburg Support Line and was posted to “D” Company


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion led the 2nd Division when they crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the Occupying Force following the Armistice.  Once across the bridge, the battalion proceeded to billets in Seigburg, Germany


Jan 18, 1919

Joined the CIBD pending transfer to England as a Miner with the intention of replacing striking miners in England


Jan 27, 1919

Joined the Nova Scotia Regimental Depot in Ripon, England and posted to “B” Company


Feb 19, 1919

Attached to MD No. 6, Kinmel Park, Rhyl 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 143100

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Mulgrave, Nova Scotia

Following his discharge, the British War Medal (below) and Victory Medals were sent to him at Mulgrave, Nova Scotia


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Sep 8, 1919

Married to Elizabeth Mary Power in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia

Died in 1962 and buried in the St. Lawrence Cemetery, Mulgrave, Nova Scotia


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