James Gordon Murray

Jan 8, 1892

Born in Arnprior, Ontario to John and Jessie (nee Fraser) Murray


May 21, 1907

Volunteered for service in the Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles

Ø  Number 847

Ø  Posted to No. 7 Company

Ø  Occupation given as Piano Maker


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59686 (temporary number 97)

Ø  Next of kin given as John Murray, father, 497 Barrie St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Fireman

o   Later noted as Fireman – Fire Fighter

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 years in the 14th Regiment Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles in Kingston

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “A” Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Feb 6, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Lance Corporal with pay


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Lance Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Feb 25, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Appendicitis


Mar 3, 1916

Transferred to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance and admitted to the division rest station there and the diagnosis was changed to read Enteritis


Mar 12, 1916

Discharged from hospital care and rejoined the 21st Battalion resting in La Clytte, Belgium


Apr 19, 1916

While on a work party repairing front line trenches, Private Murray was knocked unconscious by the explosion of a nearby artillery shell.

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance while still unconscious with a diagnosis that reads Shell Shock


Apr 22, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Lumbago and Shell Shock. 


Apr 24, 1916

Transferred to the division rest station at the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance at Mont des Cats, France where the diagnosis was changed to read Neurasthenia


Apr 29, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


May 1, 1916

Transferred via the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 8 Stationary Hospital in Wimereux, France


May 3, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot) 
In Boulogne




Jun 11, 1916

Declared to be unfit for combat duty and discharged to the Marlboro Base Details in Boulogne, France


Jun 18, 1916

Joined the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France


Jul 22, 1916

Invalided to England and transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) in Folkestone


Jul 25, 1916

Attached to the 39th Reserve Battalion for 8 weeks of Physical Training at the Monks Horton Hospital


Feb 27, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay while employed at the St. Leonard’s Hospital as a Physical Training Instructor


Mar 12, 1917

Transferred to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot and attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot)


May 4, 1917

Taken on permanent strength of the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jun 15, 1917

Taken On Strength the permanent staff of 3rd Canadian Command Depot


Sep 3, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and attached to the Garrison Gym Staff in Seaford


Sep 29, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the Garrison Gym Staff


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Buxton pending return to Canada as an Instructor

Nov 17, 1917

Transferred to the CAGS (Canadian Army Gymnastics Staff) with the rank of Sergeant and embarked the SS Saxonia in Liverpool



Nov 30, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was attached to the Hart House for duty as a Physical Trainer


Sep 30, 1918

Married to Margaret Mary McKee in Kingston, Ontario

It is noted that his religion was changed to Roman Catholic prior to the marriage


Jan 27, 1919

Ceased to be attached to Hart House and proceeded to Military District No. 3 in Kingston for duty as a Remedial Instructor at the Queen’s Military Hospital


Mar 1, 1919

Promoted to the provisional rank of CSMI (Company Sergeant Major Instructor) with pay


May 15, 1919

Transferred to the CMS of OS&P (Canadian Military School of Orthopedic Surgery and Physiotherapy) and posted for duty as Remedial Instructor and attached to ADMS (Assistant Director Medical Services), Military District No. 3 in Kingston


Dec 10, 1919

Transferred to the permanent staff, Military District No. 3 in Kingston


Dec 27, 1919

Posted to the Sydenham Military Hospital for duty


Dec 30, 1919

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Suffers from headaches and dizzy spells as a result of a concussion suffered from shrapnel wounds to his head

Ø  He still has no memory of the days following his wound

Ø  The symptoms will probably last for at least 1 year

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from military service


Dec 31, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge CSMI

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at No. 1 Plum St., Kingston, Ontario

James Gordon Murray served with the Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles, later renamed, Princess of Wales’ Own Regiment, in Kingston for many years following the end of the war.  He served 2 terms as Regimental Sergeant Major, the 2nd term being 1944 to 1949.  He represented the regiment at the Coronation of King George VI in 1937.


Oct 23, 1963

James Gordon Murray died in Kingston and was buried in the St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kingston, Ontario



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