Archie Alexander Morrow

Apr 1, 1893

Born in Colborne, Ontario to Frederick C and Bertha (nee Masters) Morrow


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 1063

Ø  Next of kin given as F.C. Morrow, Colborne, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

o   Later recorded as Stenographer

Ø  No previous military service given

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Assigned to the Depot Company

The battalion trained in Kingston


Mar 20, 1915

Fined $2.00 for drunkenness


Apr 1, 1915

The April pay list shows him as a patient in the Kingston General Hospital, but there is no actual date shown for admission.  The diagnosis is shown as Empyema (an infection between the lungs and the chest wall) with a discharging sinus


Apr 19, 1915

Surgery performed to relieve the symptoms of Empyema


May 5, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion as Medically Unfit and shown on the strength of the MD #3 Casualty Company in Kingston while in hospital


Oct 1, 1915

Medical Board in Kingston declares him to be Medically Unfit as a result of Empyema following Pneumonia


Oct 24, 1915

Transferred to the Elmhurst Convalescent Hospital in Kingston


Dec 1, 1915

Transferred to the Kingston General Hospital


Jan 3, 1916

Surgery performed to relieve the symptoms of Empyema


Nov 23, 1916

Transferred to the Ongwanada Hospital


Nov 26, 1916

Discharged from hospital

It is unclear in the file, but I would assume that he was employed by the Casualty Company in Kingston as a Clerk in the Armouries


Apr 18, 1918

Admitted to the Elmhurst Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Empyema


Apr 24, 1918

Transferred to the Queen’s University Hospital in Kingston


Jun 6, 1918

Surgery performed in an effort to relieve the symptoms


Jun 29, 1918

Transferred to the Leek Island Convalescent Camp for the summer


Sep 24, 1918

Transferred back to the Queen’s University Hospital


Oct 9, 1918

Granted leave with subsistence until October 23, 1918


Oct 27, 1918

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Oct 31, 1918

Reported for treatment and fined 5 days pay


Dec 12, 1918

Discharged from His Majesty’s Service in Kingston to the care of the SCR (Soldier’s Civil Re-establishment) Department for treatment by the ISC (Invalided Soldier’s Commission)

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Colborne, Ontario

His residence was later changed to read 263 University Ave., Kingston, Ontario


Nov 25, 1919

Married to Florence Amy Barton in Toronto, Ontario


Apr 13, 1920

Archie Morrow died in the Sydenham Military Hospital in Kingston of Pulmonary Tuberculosis complicated by Meningitis.  His death was attributed to his military service


Apr 15, 1920

Buried in the East Colborne Baptist Cemetery, Colborne, Ontario



Following his death, the Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his widow, Mrs. Florence Morrow, Colborne, Ontario

A second Memorial Cross was sent to his mother, Mrs. Bertha Morrow, Colborne, Ontario


As a former student at McMaster University,
Archie Morrow is honoured on a plaque there

He is also honoured on the Colborne Ontario War Memorial



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