Malcolm McEachern

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


May 21, 1897

Born in Eldon Township, Victoria County, Ontario to Malcolm and Catherine “Kate” (nee McLean) McEachern


Feb 3, 1916

Attested into the 109th Battalion in Woodville, Ontario

Ø      Number 725598

Ø      Next of kin given as Malcolm McEachern, father, Hartley, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Jul 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Jul 31, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to the Bramshott Camp to continue training


Oct 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Oct 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 917 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 Canadian General Hospital, Havre, diagnosed with Mumps


Oct 8, 1916

Placed in the isolation unit of the hospital


Oct 29, 1916

Transferred to the No. 4 Convalescent Depot, Havre, to continue his recuperation


Nov 7, 1916

Discharged from the Convalescent Hospital to duty with the CBD and assigned to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness.


Nov 10, 1916

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 13, 1916

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 15 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion and joined the 21st Battalion in the front line trench west of Bully Grenay


Jan 17, 1917

Just over a month after joining the battalion, Private McEachern was killed while taking part in a large trench raid on the German lines at Calonne.  He was buried in the Maroc British Cemetery, Grenay, France



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Malcolm McEachern, P.O. Box 16, Hartley, Ontario 

There was no Memorial Cross issued


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