John McHugh

Aug 15, 1868

Born in Manorhamilton, Ireland


Nov 18, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59724 (temporary number 323)

Ø  Next of kin given as Michael Fitzpatrick, Cumberland, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  Previous military experience given as 2 years in the Rangers

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

John McHugh lived about his age, stating he had been born in 1880, not his actual birth year of 1868 as he was too old to be accepted.

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 16, 1915

Fined $2.00 for being drunk


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 8 days leave


Apr 11, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Oct 18, 1916

Classified TB (Temporary Base) meaning he was temporarily unfit for front line duty because of his age, and transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Oct 27, 1916

Invalided to England and Taken On Strength the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Nov 13, 1916

Medical exam notes

Ø  Patient is overage (claims to be 47) and suffers from Myalgia

Ø  Has trouble with his legs during wet weather

Ø  Claims to have lost 20 lbs

Ø  Has pain in legs and arms

Ø  Slight Varicose veins in both legs

Ø  Slight Arteriosclerosis


Nov 18, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre Administrative Staff at Shoreham


Dec 6, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Jan 2, 1917

Attached to the GDD (General Duty Depot)


Jan 10, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Canadian Labour Battalion in Seaford


Feb 8, 1917

Proceeded to France with the 2nd Canadian Labour Battalion


Nov 21, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Canadian Labour Battalion


Feb 22, 1918

Granted 14 days leave to the UK


Mar 11, 1918

Rejoined the labour battalion from leave


Mar 26, 1918

The 1st Canadian Labour Battalion was redesignated as the 1st Canadian Infantry Works Battalion


Apr 7, 1918

Transferred to England as being over the age of 50 and posted to the General Depot in Shorncliffe


Apr 17, 1918

Eye exam at the West Cliff Canadian Eye & Ear Hospital in Folkestone indicates he suffers from Presbyopia, not caused by his service.  Reading glasses were ordered


Apr 25, 1918

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Incontinence of Urine and Arteriosclerosis


Jun 20, 1918

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Hospital in Kirkdale


Jun 26, 1918

Discharged from hospital and invalided to Canada aboard the Hospital Ship Araguaya



Jul 7, 1918

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 3 District Depot and posted to the Hospital Section


Jul 12, 1918

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Arteriosclerosis


Jul 16, 1918

Granted leave until August 2, 1918


Aug 23, 1918

Medical exam notes:

Ø  Complains of pain in arms and legs along with difficulty in breathing on exertion

Ø  Has lost weight

Ø  Sleep interrupted at night to urinate

Ø  Complains of failing eyesight

Discharged to duty from hospital and posted to the Casualty Section


Aug 28, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 130 West St., Brantford, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 127 Laurier Ave. W., Ottawa, Ontario


Aug 22, 1927

John McHugh died while a patient in the Ottawa Civic Hospital, Ottawa, Ontario and was buried in the Notre Dame Cemetery Soldier’s Section


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