John McGloin

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Dec 11, 1879

Born to Patrick and Catherine Theresa (nee Dowd) McGloin in St. John, New Brunswick


Aug 28, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick 

Ø      Number 445562

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs. Patrick McGloin, mother, 37 Murray St., St. John, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

o       Later recorded as Rackman for the Railway

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company 

Private McGloin proceeded to Valcartier, Quebec to join the battalion for training


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the RMS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec

Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Nov 13, 1915

Sentenced to 72 hours detention for Drunkenness


Apr 6, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Field Punishment #2 for being drunk on 2 different occasions, resisting arrest and escaping from his escort.  In addition he forfeited $15.40 and was fined an extra $2.00.


Apr 8, 1916

Sentenced to an additional 7 days of Field Punishment #2 for escaping from his escort and being drunk.  He also forfeited $7.70.


Apr 23, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 24, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 853 reinforcements from England, and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 26, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Apr 29, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in the “B” Camp near Dickebusch


Jun 24, 1916

While in the front line trench system in Belgium, Private McGloin received a shrapnel wound to his left foot.  He was given first aid at the CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transported to the CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment.


Jun 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne where surgery was performed to remove the shrapnel from his foot the following day.


Jun 27, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel

On arrival in England he was admitted to the No. 2 Southern General Hospital in Bristol.

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


Aug 9, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Bearwood Park, Wokingham


Aug 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital with light duties


Aug 25, 1916

On Command to the 2nd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) to undergo 4 weeks of Physical Training and therapy at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jan 3, 1917

Posted to the 1st CCTB (Canadian Corps Training Battalion) in Hastings.


Jan 24, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling


Apr 21, 1917

Transferred back to the 21st Battalion


Apr 22, 1917

Arrived at the CBD in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 3,000 reinforcements from England and TOS the 21st Battalion


May 21, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Support Trench near Vimy Ridge as part of a draft of 149 reinforcements.


Aug 11, 1917

He received a slight wound but remained at duty.  The battalion was in the Division Reserve, some distance behind the line cleaning up and bathing.  Although not reported as such, I suspect it was some kind of accidental injury.


Aug 15, 1917

The battalion was involved in fierce fighting during the capture of Hill 70 and Private McGloin was struck on his left arm by the nose cap from an exploding shrapnel shell, causing a compound fracture.  He was first taken to the No. 4 CFA for first aid and then transferred to the No. 23, CCS for additional treatment.


Aug 16, 1917

Transferred to the 1st South African General Hospital in Abbeville


Sep 15, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Warilda

On arrival in England he was admitted to the 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham.

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


Feb 5, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Derbyshire


Mar 9, 1918

Surgery performed to remove bone fragments in the arm that were causing problems


May 15, 1918

He was confined to his bed when he developed a severe cough and the wound in his arm became badly infected.  Although Tuberculosis was suspected, the tests were negative


May 27, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian General Hospital in Liverpool


Jun 7, 1918

Invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Llandovery Castle, embarking in Liverpool

Jun 17, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Fredericton, New Brunswick.

TOS District Depot #7 in Fredericton and granted leave until July 3, 1918


Jul 3, 1918

Posted to the Hospital Section of MD #7


Oct 21, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 23, 1918

Reported to the hospital from being AWL


Oct 24, 1918

The standing Medical Board at Fredericton recommended that he be discharged as medically unfit and referred to the ISC (Invalided Soldier’s Commission) for Sanatorium treatment as he is suffering from Pulmonary Tuberculosis


Nov 2, 1918

Posted to the Casualty Company


Nov 5, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Fredericton, New Brunswick 

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Class “A” War Service Badge issued (number not recorded)

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 37 Murray St., St. John, New Brunswick

Ø      Entitled to wear 2 Gold Casualty Stripes and 3 Blue Chevrons

On this same date, he was fined $6.00 for being drunk and for insolence to a superior officer


May 31, 1921

John McGloin died in the St. John County Hospital, St. John, New Brunswick of Pulmonary Tuberculosis.  This was deemed to be as a result of his service.

St. Joseph’s Roman Catholic Cemetery
St. John, New Brunswick

Following his death the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his mother, Mrs. Catherine McGloin, 37 Murray St., St. John, New Brunswick.

The record indicates that no Memorial Cross was issued.


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