John Walter McEwan

Dec 9, 1874

Born in Brockville, Ontario to Harry Thomas and Catherine (nee Bell) McEwan


Jan 31, 1895

Married to Eleanor “Nellie” Braniff in Brockville, Ontario

John’s occupation is noted on the marriage registration as Undertaker


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59714 (temporary number 100)

Ø  Next of kin given as Nellie McEwan, wife, 138 Church St., Brockville, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Cabinet Maker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

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


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


Nov 9, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 11, 1917

Attached to the YMCA (Young Men’s Christian Association) and employed with the Chaplain’s Service for duty


Feb 8, 1918

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the Chaplain Serivces


Feb 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Mar 6, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

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



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England, he was attached to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


Apr 20, 1919

Medical exam in Witley notes

Ø  Patient suffers from Chronic Bronchitis

Ø  Has a persistent cough with sputum

Ø  Suffers from occasional dizzy and feinting spells

Ø  He says his sleep is disturbed once or twice a night to urinate

Ø  He states he has not reported sick for any of the above issues


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 279770

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 138 Church St., Brockville, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 138 Church St., Brockville, Ontario


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