Harry Gordon Millican

Oct 2, 1896

Born in Great Yarmouth, England to Harry and Maria (nee Butler) Millican


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59662 (temporary number 782)

Ø  Next of kin given as Miss M. Millican, 208 Lowestoft Rd., Gorleston, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion not stated on attestation

o   Later recorded as Church of England

Ø  Assigned to “G” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “D” Company

o   Employed as Drummer in the Pipe Band

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


Mar 29, 1915

Married and next of kin changed to read Mrs. Florence Margaret McGhie in St. George’s Cathedral, Kingston




May 4, 1915

Posted to the Headquarters Company


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


Feb 14, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Feb 23, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Apr 7, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Trench Feet


Apr 9, 1916

Transferred via the No. 21 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Camiers


Apr 10, 1916

Transferred to the No. 10 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 27, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Convalescent Depot in Etaples


May 2, 1916

Discharged to the No. 3 General Base Depot in Etaples and classified TB (Temporary Base) meaning that he was not fit for front line duty






May 20, 1917

Attached to the Canadian General Base Depot pending transfer


Aug 1, 1917

Posted to the Canadian General Base Depot and assigned to the Band


Nov 28, 1917

Classified “A” and declared fit for full duty


Nov 30, 1917

Granted 14 days leave to the UK


Dec 19, 1917

Rejoined the base depot from leave

Forfeited 13 days pay for overstaying his leave


Mar 27, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Apr 16, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 9 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


May 15, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Millican rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly, France


Nov 2, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Nov 20, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the occupying force



Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre

On arrival in England he was posted to “P” Wing in Witley pending returning to Canada


Apr 20, 1919

Medical exam at Witley makes note of defective vision that was present on attestation but not recorded.  Patient wears glasses to correct the problem


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded by train to Kingston, Ontario


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277526

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge General Post Office, Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to him at 29 Ellis St., Kingston, Ontario



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