James Edward McGuire, MM



Aug 6, 1892

Born to James and Martha (nee French) McGuire at Oil City, Lambton County, Ontario


Nov 13, 1915

Attested into the 91st Battalion at St Thomas Ontario 

Ø      Number 189398

Ø      Next of kin given as Mr James McGuire (father) of 16 Erie St, St Thomas Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Boiler Maker’s Helper

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company 

For some reason he erred with his birth year on Attestation as he claimed to have been born in 1891, not 1892 as his birth registration states, which was sworn to by his mother.


Jan 4, 1916

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave) at 6.30 pm.


Jan 5, 1916

Reported for duty at 3.55 pm


Jan 6, 1916

Awarded 5 days CB (Confined to Barracks) as punishment for being AWL


Jan 22, 1916

Reported to be AWL at 10.30 pm


Jan 23, 1916

Reported for duty at 9.30 pm


Feb 10, 1916

Reported to be AWL at 12.01 am until 10.30 pm


Feb 11, 1916

Fined 1 day’s pay and awarded to 3 days CB for the absence


Feb 14. 1916

Awarded a further 7 days CB for his absence


Feb 26, 1916

Reported to be AWL at 10.01 pm


Feb 29, 1916

Reported for duty at 4.00 pm


Mar 1, 1916

Forfeits 7 days pay and awarded 7 days CB for his absence


Mar 2, 1916

Reported to be AWL at 7.00 pm


Mar 5, 1916

Reported for duty at 10.00 pm


Mar 6, 1916

Sentenced to 3 days Detention for being AWL


Mar 16, 1916

Reported to be AWL at 10.00 pm


Mar 18, 1916

Reported for duty at 10.05 am


May 14, 1916

Absent from 12.01 am until 9.55 pm and forfeits 1 day’s pay


May 30, 1916

Sentenced to 14 days Detention for his absence


Jun 25, 1916

The 91st Battalion departed St Thomas by train


Jun 29, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic at Halifax Nova Scotia



Jul 6, 1916

Disembarked at Liverpool England and proceeded to Otterpool


Jul 15, 1916

The Battalion was moved to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent.  On arrival, he was transferred to the12th Reserve Battalion


Jul 19, 1916

Awarded 7 days FP (Field Punishment) #2 and forfeits 7 day’s pay for absence


Aug 20, 1916

Transferred to the 75th Battalion


Aug 21, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at the Rouelles Camp, Havre France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 75th Battalion


Oct 7, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion as part of a large contingent from the 75th Battalion to replace the losses suffered while taking the Sugar Refinery at the Somme


Oct 8, 1916

TOS the 21st Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field.   

The Battalion was in billets at Fieffes France resting and cleaning up after the fighting on the Somme.  The War Diary reports that 80 reinforcements joined the Battalion at this time.  On arrival he was detailed for employment as a Runner.


Mar 7, 1917

Admitted to the 10th CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) diagnosed with PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin) which is a fever without a known cause


Mar 9, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Rest Station at the 6th CFA


Mar 18, 1917

Rejoined the Battalion from hospital


Apr 4, 1917

Attached to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) for duty as a Runner


Mar 13, 1918          Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30573


Aug 24, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 13, 1918

Rejoined the 4th Brigade from leave


Nov 14, 1918

Received a lacerated right hand as a result of an accident and was admitted to the 6th CFA then transferred to the No 57 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station).  Later that day he was transferred to the No 4 CCS


Nov 16, 1918

Transferred via the No 15 AT (Ambulance Train)


Nov 17, 1918

Admitted to the No 7 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Dec 3, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Pieter de Conninck


Admitted to the Northamptonshire War Hospital at Duston 

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


Jan 10, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Red Cross Special Hospital at Buxton


Mar 11, 1919

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


May 5, 1919

Transferred to MD #1 at Rhyl pending return to Canada


May 11, 1919

Embarked the HMT Saturnia at Glasgow Scotland



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Montreal Quebec and proceeded to London Ontario


May 23, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at London Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 262152

Ø      Rank on discharge Private

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge 16 Erie St, St Thomas Ontario


Mar 4, 1922

The British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Fairview Ave, St Thomas Ontario


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