Hugh Alexander McLaughlin, MMwBar



Apr 5, 1897

Born at Nottawasaga Township Ontario


Sep 24, 1915

Attested into the 76th Battalion at the Niagara Camp, Ontario 

Ø      Number 142365

Ø      Next of kin given as John McLaughlin (father) of Batteau, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 35th Regiment – 1 year

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “C” Company


Apr 23, 1916

Embarked the SS Empress of Britain at Halifax Nova Scotia



May 5, 1916

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


Jun 28, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 29, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 14, 1916

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred to No 17 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) with Pneumonia


Jul 17, 1916

Admitted to No 14 General Hospital at Boulogne with Pneumonia


Jul 24, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Cambria


Transferred to CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) at Folkestone


Jul 25, 1916

Admitted to County of Middlesex War Hospital, Napsbury St Albans


Aug 11, 1916

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park


Aug 25, 1916

Discharged from hospital and TOS CCAC Folkestone.  Then placed On Command to 2nd CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) for PT (Physical Training) at Shoreham


Sep 21, 1916

TOS 39th Reserve Battalion at West Sandling Camp


Sep 23, 1916

Ceases to be On Command to 2nd CCD


Oct 27, 1916

Transferred to 21st Battalion


Nov 3, 1916

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

This was later amended to read October 28, 1916


Nov 18, 1916

Left CBD for 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Nov 21, 1916

Arrived at 2nd Entrenching Battalion


Dec 12, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion as a reinforcement 

Assigned to “D” Company


Dec 17, 1916

Proceeded on Bombing Course


Dec 25, 1916

Returned to duty from bombing course


May 12, 1917

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl C Morris who was promoted


Nov 13, 1917

Admitted to No 11 CFA with ICT (Inter-Connective Tissue) infection to feet then transferred to No 3 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred via No 17 AT (Ambulance Transport) to No 1 Canadian General Hospital at Etaples


Nov 22, 1917

Transferred to No 6 Convalescent Depot at Etaples


Nov 24, 1917

Discharged from Convalescent Depot to Details Camp


Nov 25, 1917

TOS 2nd CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) at Havre


Dec 1, 1917

Left No 2 CIBD and arrived at CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp)


Dec 14, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the field


Dec 24, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 9, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Feb 23, 1918

Awarded the Military Medal per London Gazette #30540


Citation reads

For conspicuous bravery.  During he counter-attack on the morning of Nov 3rd this NCO after the enemy had been ejected from our trenches proceeded to establish connection with the Company on the left, on his own initiative, being under heavy shell fire all the time.   On Nov 11th he established a bombing post in front of Passchendaele Village under heavy shell fire  Throughout the operations his conduct won admiration from both his Officers and men.

AFW 3121   29-11-17


May 18, 1918

Reverts to rank of Pte at own request


Sep 24, 1918

Admitted to 2/1 London Field Ambulance then transferred to #23 CCS with shrapnel wound to groin


Sep 25, 1918

Transferred via No 14 AT


Sep 27, 1918

Admitted to No 83 General Hospital


Sep 28, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth



Sep 29, 1918

Admitted to Mill Road Military Hospital at Liverpool 

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


Nov 1, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park


Nov 13, 1918

Discharged from hospital


Nov 18, 1918

On Command to Discharge Depot at Rhyl


Dec 2, 1918

Placed On Command to 1st CCD (Canadian Casualty Depot) at Seaford


Dec 11, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Dec 17, 1918

Reports for duty from being AWL 

Forfeits 6 days pay


Dec 31, 1918

TOS 6th Reserve Battalion


Feb 11, 1919

Awarded Bar to Military Medal per London Gazette #31173



Feb 15, 1919

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


Mar 8, 1919

SOS on proceeding to Canada and embarked the SS Minnedosa at Liverpool


He returned to Canada with his wife.  There is no mention in the file as to when he married.  The first mention of his wife is when his next of kin on the pay sheet is changed March 4, 1919


Mar 17, 1919

Disembarked at St John New Brunswick


Mar 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at St John New Brunswick 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 80428

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Toronto Ontario


Oct 14, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Creemore Ontario


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