Frederick McPhun

Thank you to Steve Nichol for providing the service file


Jun 26, 1882

Born in Wollaston, Southampton, England to John and Mary (nee Kelly) McPhun


Apr 1, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 39th Battalion with the rank of Lieutenant


May 28, 1915

Attested into the 39th Battalion in Belleville, Ontario 

Ø      Appointed to rank of Lieutenant

Ø      Next of kin given as John McPhun, Maidenhead, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Mill Engineer

o       Later recorded as a Mining Engineer

Ø      No previous military experience given

o       The embarkation roll shows his previous unit as the 47th Frontenac Regiment, Canadian Militia

o       The Quarterly Militia List for July 1, 1915 shows him as a Lieutenant with “E” Company (Verona, Ontario) of the 47th Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

The battalion conducted training in the Belleville area


Jun 17, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Montreal, Quebec

Although the battalion embarked on the 17th, the ship did not sail until June 24th


Jul 4, 1915

Disembarked in Plymouth, England and the battalion proceeded to Shorncliffe


Aug 16, 1915

Attended the Officer’s Course at Bexhill


Aug 21, 1915

Granted certificate for completing the course of instruction


Sep 24, 1915

The 39th Battalion moved to West Sandling to continue training


May 4, 1916

Granted leave to Canada until June 15, 1916.  Address of leave will be 17 Belisle Ave., Toronto, Ontario

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool


May 14, 1916

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Jun 15, 1916

Leave extended to June 30, 1916


Jun 30, 1916

Rejoined his unit from leave


Jul 1, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Temporary Captain


Sep 20, 1916

Posted to the permanent cadre of the 39th Battalion


Jan 1, 1917

The 39th Battalion was absorbed into the newly formed 6th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


May 28, 1917

Next of kin is changed to read Mrs. Florence McPhun (nee McClelland), wife, Seaford, Sussex, England.

The date for his marriage is not recorded in the file, however the obituary posted in the Communiqué indicates he was married in 1916 in Hythe, Kent.


Jun 25, 1917

Posted to the 164th Battalion in Witley


Nov 27, 1917

Attended the Trench Warfare School, Bexhill


Dec 8, 1917

Graduated with Distinction in a special course on anti gas measures at Bexhill


Mar 28, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1918

Left the No. 2 CIBD and joined the CCRC (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Apr 12, 1918

Left the CCRC and joined the rear party of the 21st Battalion while the battalion was in the front lines at Mercatel, France and was assigned to “C” Company


Apr 13, 1918

Captain McPhun moved forward on the night of April 13/14 to join the battalion in the front line


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River near Vis-en-Artois, Captain McPhun received through and through bullet wounds to both legs and was removed to the nearby field ambulance for first aid.  He was then transferred the same night to the No. 33 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Aug 31, 1918

Transferred to the No. 2 Stationary Hospital at Abbeville


Sep 1, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Princess Elizabeth

Admitted to the Prince of Wales Military Hospital, Marylebone

Transferred to the 2nd CORD (Central Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital


Nov 6, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital, Buxton


Nov 30, 1918

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Officer’s Hospital in Matlock, Bath


Dec 5, 1918

Medical Board declares him Category C1 for 1 month, which means he is not fit for combat duty for at least a month


Dec 9, 1918

Discharged from hospital and granted sick leave until December 30, 1918


Dec 31, 1918

Attached to the 8th Reserve Battalion, Witley


Feb 1, 1919

Embarked the SS Carmania in Liverpool

Feb 8, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Feb 24, 1919

Attached to the #2 District Depot Casualty Company, Toronto and held Supernumerary to the establishment


Sep 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto with the rank of Captain

He is shown on the Canadian Quarterly Militia list in 1919 with the 47th Frontenac Regiment with the rank of Lieutenant



Following the war the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 31 Maclennan Ave., Toronto

Feb 17, 1934

Frederick McPhun died at home in Toronto of Meningitis and was buried in the Mount Pleasant Cemetery there.

His occupation is listed on his death certificate as an Accountant

The obituary that appeared in the Communiqué


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