Frank McMahon DCM, MM



Oct 30, 1888

Born at Armagh, Armagh County, Ireland


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59735 (Temporary number 456)

Ø      Next of kin give as Mrs Patrick McMahon of 3 Edward St., Armagh, Co. Armagh, Ireland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       At a later date was moved to “B” Coy


Mar 20, 1915

Reported absent without leave


Mar 24, 1915

Returned to unit and forfeits 4 days pay


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport and proceeded to West Sandling Camp near Hythe, Kent


Aug 7, 1915

Reported absent without leave


Aug 12, 1915

Returned from being absent and forfeits 5 days pay, also restricted to half pay for 1 month


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Jan 26, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl to replace L/Cpl Chater (59155)

May 28, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jun 6, 1916

Leave extended to June 8, 1916


Jun 9, 1916

Reported absent without leave and a Court of Enquiry declared him a Deserter.  He is SOS (Struck Off Strength) as a Deserter


Sep 22, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) after reporting from Desertion and placed in custody


Oct 29, 1916

Field General Courts Martial finds him guilty of desertion and sentenced him to 5 years of “Penal Servitude”


Nov 22, 1916

Admitted to No 3 Military Prison at Havre France


Dec 4, 1916

Sentence is reduced to 2 years “Hard Labour”


Nov 16, 1917

Released from prison and remainder of sentence is suspended as of this date


Nov 22, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion in the field


Aug 19, 1918

Sentence of 5 years Penal Servitude is “REMITTED”


Sep 1, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Sep 18, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Oct 1, 1918

Promoted to rank of Cpl


Oct 12, 1918

Promoted to rank of Sgt


Jan 24, 1919

Awarded the Military Medal, London Gazette #31142



Mar 12, 1919

Awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal, London Gazette #31257



Apr 3, 1919

Proceeded to England


Apr 4, 1919

TOS “P” Wing at Rhyl for processing pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia at Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 279880

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – Kingston Ontario


Oct 7, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to 54 Market St., Smith’s Falls, Ontario 


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