Joseph M. McFarlin (McFarlane)



May 24, 1896

Born at Marmora Ontario


Nov 13, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59715 (temporary number 210)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mathew McFarlin (father) of Marmora Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as miner

o       Later noted as “Weight attendant in silver smelter”

Ø      Previous military experience given as 49th Highland Regiment – 1 year

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “B” Company


Feb 19, 1915

Transferred to the Machine Gun Section


Mar 31, 1915

Proceeded to England with the Transport Section 

Note that the actual date of sailing is not recorded, but the pay records show him as being in England on March 31 

It is also of interest that his name appears on the Embarkation Roll (along with other members of the Transport section) for the Metagama which sailed with the Battalion on May 6, 1915.


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkstone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Feb 10, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 22, 1916

Rejoined from leave


Jun 13, 1916

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Wimereux with multiple shrapnel wounds to both legs and left hand caused by a rifle grenade 

Several operations were performed to remove shrapnel pieces, as well as to amputate remains of little finger of left hand.


Jun 21, 1916

Admitted to St Lukes War Hospital at Halifax, Yorkshire 

Additional surgery performed to remove pieces of shrapnel 

TOS (Taken on Strenght) CCAC (Casualty Clearing Assembly Center), Folkstone


Sep 5, 1916

Wounds noted as being “foul”.


Sep 20, 1916

Developed influenza


Oct 10, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bromley


Nov 15, 1916

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Ramsgate


Jan 5, 1917

Embarked the SS Scandinavian for Canada



Jan 9, 1917

SOS CCAC on proceeding to Canada


Jan 13, 1917

Disembarked in Canada


Jan 17, 1917

Medical Board at Quebec City, Quebec reports: 

Ø      Recommends further 3 months of treatment to remove additional shrapnel

Ø      To proceed to Convalescent home at MD #2, Toronto


Jan 21, 1917

Admitted to Spadina Military Hospital, Toronto Ontario for treatment of shrapnel wounds


Feb 1, 1917

Transferred to Military Hospital Convalescent Center Toronto


Apr 15, 1917

Transferred to Base Hospital Toronto with Diptheria


Apr 28, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Jul 28, 1917

Medical Report at Whitby Military Hospital, Whitby Ontario notes that there are still several pieces of shrapnel in left leg, and that he walks with a cane.


Jul 31, 1917

Medical Exam at Whitby noted that he had suffered from Emphysema in 1912 but has healed. 

Recommends that he be discharged due to “physical unfitness” in Category “E”


Aug 31, 1917

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto, as medically unfit


Mar 5, 1918

Admitted to Toronto General Hospital with complications from shrapnel wounds


Mar 30, 1918

Transferred to Spadina Military hospital


Sep 29, 1919

Transferred to Brant Military Hospital, Burlington


Oct 30, 1919

Discharged from hospital


Oct 20, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to home in Marmora Ontario


Jul 8, 1949



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