Norman Allen Joseph McGinnis, MM



Jun 21, 1897

Born at Ingersoll Ontario to Daniel and Mersie (nee Cove) McGinnis


Feb 13, 1916

Attested into the 168th Battalion at Ingersoll Ontario 

Ø      Number 675710

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Mary McGinnis (mother) of Ingersoll Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Butcher

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Oct 30, 1916

Embarked the SS Lapland at Halifax Nova Scotia



Nov 11, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England


Dec 5, 1916

Posted to the 39th Reserve Battalion at the West Sandling Camp


Jan 4, 1917

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Feb 1, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Feb 2, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp at Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Feb 21, 1917

Left the CBD to join the 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Feb 24, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion at Hersin with 67 other reinforcements destined for the 21st Battalion


Mar 5, 1917

Left the 2nd Entrenching Battalion as part of a draft of 70 Other Ranks and joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The 21st Battalion was in the Divisional Reserve Camp doing fatigue duties and cleaning up


Apr 26, 1917

Admitted to the No 2 Australian General Hospital diagnosed with ICT (Inter Connective Tissue) infection of the right foot


Apr 27, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


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


Apr 29, 1917

Admitted to the 1st Western General Hospital at Liverpool and diagnosis changed to read infected Ulcer on right heel and later determined to be caused by the rubbing of his boot


Jun 2, 1917

Transferred to the Military Auxiliary Hospital, Netherfield Road, Liverpool


Jun 8, 1917

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Ramsgate


Jun 28, 1917

Discharged from hospital and On Command to 3rd CCD and attached to the St Leonards Hospital for physical training and conditioning


Aug 30, 1917

Discharged from the 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Oct 26, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion


Oct 27, 1917

Arrived at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Etaples and TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 30, 1917

Left 2 CIBD and joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) at Calonne Ricouart


Nov 6, 1917

Left the CC Rein C to join the 21st Battalion 

In reading the War Diary for the CC Rein C, they were having difficulty moving troops to the front which seemed to cause delays between rail and bus connections.


Nov 20, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field 

The Battalion was in billets at Camblain L’Abbe, having just come out of the heavy fighting at Passchendaele.  They were cleaning up and re-equipping.  Pte McGinnis joined the Battalion as part of a draft of 75 reinforcements to replace some of the losses in that action


Feb 13, 1918

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Sep 1, 1918

Appointed to rank of Lance Corporal to replace 637035 L/Cpl Lawrence who had been promoted


Oct 14, 1918

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with Impetigo


Oct 15, 1918

Transferred to No 1 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Oct 16, 1918

Transferred via No 8 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen


Oct 18, 1918

Transferred to the Convalescent Depot and admitted to No 5 General Hospital at Rouen and Scabies was added to the Impetigo diagnosis.  In addition, Folliculitus was later added to the diagnosis.


Dec 13, 1918

Discharged from hospital and TOS the CIBD at Etaples and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from injuries and illness


Dec 18, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 12, 1919

Fined 5 day’s pay for overstaying his leave by 6 days 

Forfeits 6 day’s pay and allowances under Royal Warrant 

Ceased to be detailed to the Depot Company


Jan 19, 1919

Transferred to England and posted to the EORD pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1919

Detailed to the Depot Company for duty


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



May 5, 1919

Posted to MD #1 at Rhyl for processing pending return to Canada


May 18, 1919

Embarked the Aquitania at Southampton



May 25, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 28, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, but number not noted in file

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Ingersoll Ontario


Oct 12, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to him at King St, Ingersoll Ontario 

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