Douglas Moffat

Aug 4, 1891

Born in Glasgow, Scotland


Dec 9, 1914

Attested into the 2nd Field Bakery, Canadian Service Corps, CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Number 1462

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. J. Moffat, mother, 10 Union St., Carlisle, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Baker

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England


Apr 24, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Halifax, Nova Scotia



May 3, 1915

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the unit proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent


Sep 13, 1915

Embarked the SS King Edward in Southampton



Sep 14, 1915

Disembarked in Le Havre, France and proceeded by train to Rouen


Sep 15, 1915

The unit arrived at Rouen at 4 am then boarded another train at 8.30 pm


Sep 16, 1915

Detrained at Boulogne and proceeded to the Henriville Camp


Mar 12, 1916

Forfeited 2 days pay for being in a café during prohibited hours


Mar 20, 1916

Forfeited 3 days pay for being in a café during prohibited hours


Apr 12, 1916

Admitted to the No. 2 Canadian Stationary Hospital in Boulogne with a diagnosis that reads Bronchitis


Apr 19, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


May 26, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


May 27, 1916

TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 27, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in Wulverdinghe, France


Sep 15, 1916

During the battalion’s advance on the sugar refinery at Courcelette, Private Moffat received a bullet wound to the back of his neck.


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to the No. 22 General Hospital in Dannes Camiers with a wound to his neck


Sep 21, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Brighton


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Queen Mary’s Military Hospital in Whalley, Lancashire

Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes while in hospital


Nov 14, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Dec 6, 1916

Discharged from hospital and attached to the Canadian Convalescent Depot and admitted to the St. Leonard’s Hospital to continue his recovery


Jan 31, 1917

Discharged from St Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at East Sandling.  Shortly after his arrival, the battalion moved to Seaford to continue training soldiers for the front


Mar 6, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 26 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

After leaving the base depot he joined the 2nd Canadian Entrenching Battalion in Hersin as part of a draft of 53 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 16, 1917

After leaving the entrenching battalion he rejoined the 21st Battalion in the support lines near Bois des Alleux


Apr 24, 1917

Admitted to the No. 39 General Hospital in Havre with a diagnosis that reads NYD (Not Yet Determined).  This was later changed to read Venereal Disease Balanitis


May 1, 1917

Discharged from hospital and arrived at the base depot

Forfeited 60
¢ per day for his 7 day stay in hospital as punishment for his VD infection


May 14, 1917

Rejoined the battalion in billets in Aux Rietz


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from duty with the engineers


Dec 27, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 14, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 3, 1918

While the battalion was in the front line trench system near Neuville Vitasse, Private Moffat was killed in action.  He was buried in the Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviére, France


Following the war the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his sister, Miss Bessie Moffat, Fusehill Institution, Broad St., Carlisle, England

All of the above were returned with a note that “sister in Lunatic asylum”.  The Memorial Cross had been sent to his sister, as his mother passed away after Private Moffat and the sister was the sole heir.

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