Claude Allister McPherson




Sep 9, 1889

Birth location given as Cornwall Ontario


Feb 23, 1915

Attested into the 59th Battalion at Lindsay Ontario 

Ø     Number 455618

Ø     Next of kin given as wife Mary Johanna MacPherson
I assume a spelling mistake by the person filling in the form)

Ø     Occupation given as “Fireman” (on the form posted online at LAC, the occupation is listed as “Farmer”)

Ø     When asked about previous military or militia service, he replied “No”, but there is a note on the attestation paper that he is “Ex 45th Regiment”

Ø     No scars or distinctive marks were recorded

Ø     The certificate of Medical Examination is dated March 12, 1915

Ø     The Commanding Officer signed the Certificate on March 15, 1915 

NOTE: The attestation paper in the file is marked as “Triplicate”, while the pages online are marked as “Original”


Nov 12, 1915

Embarked the “Missanabie” at Montreal


Ø     NOTE: The ship was torpedoed and sunk off Kinsale, Ireland in 1918


Nov 23, 1915

Disembarked at Plymouth England and TOS (Taken On Strength) 39th Battalion at West Sandling.


Mar 4, 1916

Admitted to Charrington Military Hospital at Cambridge


Mar 19, 1916

Transferred to 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge 


Mar 20, 1916

Medical Case Sheet at Eastern General Hospital 

Ø     Admitted with appendicitis

Ø     Form is hand written and difficult to read but it appears to report that the appendix was removed

Ø     Noted that wound has healed and ready to be moved to Charrington Hospital again


Apr 7, 1916

Transferred to Charrington Military Hospital at Cambridge


Apr 8, 1916

Transferred to 1st Eastern General Hospital at Cambridge


Apr 22, 1916

Medical Case Sheet 

Looks well, appetite good “Is able to do training at depot and this is what he needs.  He is slightly neurasthenic and the sooner he gets away from the idea of being a hospital patient the better it will be for his condition.”


May 1, 1916

Discharged to unit


May 9, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barr Hospital Shorncliffe with a Goiter – Ward 9, Bed 24.

Medical Case Sheet 

Ø     Reports history of Scarlet Fever when a teen, Measles at 7, Typhoid at 20, Pneumonia at 26, and an Appendectomy in March, 1916 with an abscess and drainage through rectum and left hospital 5 days ago

Ø     Complains of pain in abdomen for 7 days, with severe pain in bowel and passed blood with stool at time of appendectomy

Ø     Nodule found in rectum size of bean

Ø     Barium X-Ray done May 29th found normal except for “small flecks in descending colon”


May 27, 1916

Stool tested for blood – non evident


Jun 5, 1916

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom


Jun 20, 1916

On Command to CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) for 4 weeks of Physical Training at Folkstone


Jun 21, 1916

Awarded 72 hours detention for being AWL from the hospital from June 19, 1916 to June 21, 1916, also deducted 5 days pay and allowances


Jul 8, 1916

Admitted to Moore Barracks Canadian Hospital, with indigestion 

Medical Case Sheet done  

Ø     Admitted with neurasthenia and abdominal pain

Ø     Complains of painful defecation and pain in knees and hips since March

Ø      2 small lumps noted in rectal exam

Ø     Bismuth meal and X-Ray exam normal

Ø     Reflexes normal

Ø     Cyst noted on Thyroid

Ø     Conclusion is that symptoms are caused by adhesions from previous surgery

Ø     Neurasthenia is evident by shaking when spoken to

Ø     Patient recommended for discharge from the army


Jul 16, 1916

Discharged from hospital and TOS CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Jul 17, 1916

Letter from the Officer Commanding the Moore Barracks Canadian

General Hospital at Shorncliffe states that patient was admitted with indigestion and no cause could be found for it.  Reports that he is

“neurasthenic” (suffering from a nervous breakdown”) and not likely to recover and therefore will not likely be fit for duty.


July 19, 1916

Medical Board Report at Shorncliffe reports 

Ø     Suffers from Neurasthenia

Ø     Has had Appendicitis, and recovered

Ø     Still nervous 

Declared fit for duty after 4 weeks physical training


July 20, 1916

Pay deducted $3.30 for being AWL 1 day and for 2 days FP (Field Punishment) #2.


Aug 29, 1916

Pay deducted $3.30 for being AWL 1 day and for 2 days FP (Field Punishment) #2. 


June 6, 1917

Sent to Canadian Military Hospital at Eastbourne 

Medical Case Sheet 

Ø     Reports having Typhoid Fever in 1912 and Pneumonia in 1913 and again in    Dec 1916

Ø      Reports having had an Appendectomy Jan 1916 (according to his file, he was Absent Without Leave for most of that month)

Ø     Can find nothing abnormal


June 13, 1917

Discharged from hospital


July 19, 1917

TOS CCAC at Folkstone


Aug 27, 1917

SOS to the 21st Battalion


Aug 28, 1917

Arrived and TOS 21st Battalion at 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Detail)


Sep 4, 1917

Left to join unit in the field


Sep 6, 1917

Joined 21st Battalion in the field


Nov 27, 1917

Admitted to No 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with PUO (Pyrexia (fever) of Unknown Origin)  Later claims to have been gassed at Passchendaele


Dec 9, 1917

Discharged to duty from No 6 CFA


Feb 2, 1918

Admitted to No 6 CFA then transferred to 4 CFA with Bronchitis


Feb 7, 1918

Transferred to No 1 CCS with a Goiter


Feb 9, 1918

Admitted to No 1 Canadian General Hospital


Feb 28, 1918

Invalided to Seaford aboard HS Princess Elizabeth and posted to EORD


Admitted to Norfolk War Hospital at Thorpe Norwich


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to Military Convalescent Hospital at Woodcote Park, Epsom


Apr 17, 1918

One days pay deducted for overstaying pass from midnight April 17 to 8.30 am April 18


May 3, 1918

Discharged from convalescent hospital and placed On Command of 3rd CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) at Seaford


Aug 8, 1918

Medical Board Report at No 3 CCD, Seaford 

Ø     Suffers from Chronic Bronchitis after 18 months in France

Ø     Complains of chronic cough, headaches, and pain in abdomen at operation site

Ø     Received 3 weeks remedial treatment at Moore Barracks with no improvement

Ø     Recommend partially fit for duty

Ø     Not likely to be improved in 6 months


Aug 23, 1918

Ceases on Command of No 3 CCS and ceases to be attached to EORD on transfer to CASC (Canadian Army Service Corps) at Shorncliffe


Oct 24, 1918

Discharged “to lines”


Nov 27, 1918

SOS CASC on transfer to CASC Corps Depot at Shorncliffe


Dec 5, 1918

Medical Board Report 

Ø     Gave his birth date as Sep 9, 1890

Ø     Disability – Chronic Bronchitis caused by conditions in France

Ø     Claims to have been gassed at Passchendaele

Ø     Has chronic cough, enlarged thyroid, and course tremor of hands and tongue.

Ø     Recommended to be fit for duty

Ø     Disability caused by active service, rated as 25% and permanent

Ø     Determined that he is unable to return to former occupation


Dec 26, 1918

Is declared Absent Without Leave


Dec 27, 1918

On Command at Rhyl for RTC (Return to Corps)


Jan 8, 1919

Forfeits 28 days pay for being “Absent Without Leave” Dec 26, 1918 to Jan 8, 1919


Jan 11, 1919

On Command of No 3 Military District at Rhyl


Jan 18, 1919

Ceases to be on Command of MD No 3 and is Struck Off Strength to OMFC (Overseas Military Forces Canada) for transfer to Canada and embarked the SS Aquitania at Liverpool


Jan 23, 1919

Disembarked the “Aquitania” at Halifax 

Granted leave with Subsistence until Feb 10, 1919


Feb 14, 1919

Discharged at Kingston Ontario


Jun 28, 1922

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to Lindsay Ontario


Jul 20, 1922

Medals were returned


Mar 8, 1924

Medals were again sent to Lindsay Ontario (there is no record of the medals being returned a second time, but the entry for Nov 1, 1965 would indicate that they were)


Nov 1, 1965

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to CA McPherson at 47 Lorne Ave, Ottawa Ontario (These were noted as a first issue, indicating that he had never received his medals in 1922)


Jan 5, 1970

Died at the Rideau Veterans Home, Ottawa


Jan 7, 1970

Memo from Veterans Affairs noting the death of CA McPherson on January 5, 1970 at the Rideau Veterans Home.


Mar 25, 1970

A letter from Veterans Affairs to Library and Archives Canada for the pertinent information for inscription on a departmental grave marker.


Claude and his wife

Claude passed away January 5, 1970 and is buried in the
Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa Ontario



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