Daniel McGinnis, MM

"Machine Gun Dan"


Nov 21, 1882

Born at Wellington Ontario 

He is listed in the 1901 Census as Danial McGinnis with a birth date of September 21, 1881


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59719 (temporary number 667)

Ø      Next of kin given as Harriet McGinnis (mother) of 8 Wellington St, Guelph Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Blacksmith

o       Later recorded as Cement Contractor

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “F” Company No 11 Platoon

o       This was later reorganized into “C” Company


Jan 7, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength)


Feb 1915

Re TOS (Taken On Strength) 

There is no explanation in the file for him leaving or for his return and the pay sheet only shows that he returned during the month, not the exact date.


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer 

Date not recorded, but shortly after arrival in France was posted to the Machine Gun Section


May 8, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


May 17, 1916

At duty from leave


Jul 28, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Cpl


Aug 28, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Oct 11, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29780


Citation reads

For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty during operations at St Eloi, from April 5th-10th by holding an advanced position in front of No 6 Crater continuously without receiving food water or ammunition.  Pte McGinnis with five others gathered during hours of darkness the rations water, and ammunition supply from dead bodies in the vicinity.   They wiped out an enemy bombing party of thirty men (two only escaping) who attacked their position.  They captured enemy's machine gun crew of three, handing same over to a Sgt of the 31st Batt.  They captured enemy scout went out to reconnoiter our position, handing him over tot he 19th Battn.  They were subjected to an almost continuous and intense enemy bombardment.  When relieved so exhausted were they, they had to be assisted out of the line.  These men were temporarily attached to the 6th Bde, Machine Gun Coy.



Jan 17, 1917

Admitted to CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with bullet wound to left arm 

He was wounded while taking part in the Calonne Trench Raid on this date


Jan 21, 1917

Transferred to the No 4 Canadian General Hospital at Camiers


Jan 24, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Newhaven


Admitted to the Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe Norwich 

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Feb 14, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom 

Also noted as having slight Myalgia in both legs


Mar 11, 1917

Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Mar 27, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford 

Recommended that he undergo 3 weeks of Physical Training


Jun 2, 1917

Reprimanded for Drunkeness


Dec 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Dec 7, 1917

Arrived at CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS the 21st Battalion


Dec 11, 1917

Arrived at CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in the front lines in the Acheville Section


Jul 22, 1918

Left the 21st Battalion for 2nd CDSC pending return to Canada


Jul 31, 1918

Arrived at CIBD en route to Canada


Aug 3, 1918

Posted to EORD pending return to Canada as an instructor


Aug 22, 1918

Placed On Command to CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Sep 22, 1918

Embarked the Llanstephen Castle at Liverpool


Note that this ship is listed at Archives Canada as the Llaustephan Castle 


Oct 8, 1918

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to Kingston Ontario 

TOS Casualty Company, MD #3 at Kingston


Nov 11, 1918

Transferred to “D” Company, 1st Depot Battalion EORD at Belleville Ontario


Nov 22, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Belleville Ontario 

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 64 Kent St, Guelph Ontario

Ø      Tattoos of 2 hearts are recorded that did not appear on Attestation


May 14, 1920

Address changed to read Desbarats Ontario


Sep 1, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Desbarats Ontario, near Sault St Marie


Aug 7, 1937

Died as a result of an accident while assisting others in town of Guelph Ontario


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