Duncan Franklin McFadyen

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Sep 30, 1901

Born in Kincardine Township, Bruce County, Ontario to Duncan and Elizabeth Anne (nee Scott) McFadyen.


Mar 18, 1918

Attested into the 7th Draft, 1st Depot Battalion, Western Ontario Regiment, in London, Ontario 

Ø      Number 2356548

Ø      Next of kin given as Elizabeth McFadyen, mother, Tiverton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

It is noteworthy that he lied about his age, stating that he was born September 30, 1898, but in reality he was only 16 years of age, not the 19 years he stated.


Mar 19, 1918

Diagnosed with slight ringworm on his chin and was treated.  There is no indication that he was hospitalized.


Apr 17, 1918

Embarked the SS Scotian in Halifax, Nova Scotia

Apr 28, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley where the draft was absorbed into the 4th Reserve Battalion.


May 21, 1918

Admitted to the No. 12 Canadian General Hospital in Bramshott with a diagnosis that reads Mumps.  This diagnosis was later changed to read Measles.


Jun 25, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital and placed On Command to the WORD (Western Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the No. 2 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for duty in Bramshott.


Jul 12, 1918

Ceased to be On Command and returned to the 4th Reserve Battalion.


Sep 20, 1918

Transferred to the 1st Battalion and proceeded to France.


Sep 23, 1918

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 116 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 1st Battalion.


Sep 30, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and was TOS their strength.  He left the CBD the same day to join the 21st Battalion.


Oct 2, 1918

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Hindenburg Support Line near Bourlon, France and was assigned to “A” Company.


Mar 14, 1919

Proceeded to England and posted to the EORD pending return to Canada for duty with the Canadian Military Police.


Mar 17, 1919

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) then the same day was transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford.


Apr 23, 1919

Transferred to the NBRD (New Brunswick Regimental Depot) in Ripon.


May 6, 1919

Embarked the RMS Scotian in Liverpool

May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to London, Ontario where he was TOS the No. 1 Detachment, CMPC (Canadian Military Police Corps).


May 17, 1919

Transferred to the No. 1 District Depot Casualty Company and granted leave with subsistence until May 30, 1919.


May 30, 1919

Transferred back to the No. 1 Detachment CMPC.


Jul 28, 1919

Transferred to the No. 1 District Depot in London from the CMPC.


Jul 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London

Ø      Rank on discharge Lance Corporal

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 258228

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Tiverton, Ontario


Oct 27, 1921

The British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at Tiverton, Ontario.


Jun 16, 1926

Married to Mary Alexandria Carleton in Tiverton, Ontario.

The 1967 Voter’s list shows him and his wife living in Kincardine, Ontario.


Oct 18, 1985

Duncan Franklin McFadyen died and was buried in the Tiverton Cemetery, Tiverton, Ontario.


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