Thomas Frederick Murtagh

May 8, 1889

Born in Lindsay, Ontario to Thomas John and Sophia Estelle (nee Henry) Murtagh


Jul 7, 1905

Shown on the nominal roll of the 45th Victoria Regiment with the rank of Private


Nov 13, 1909

Shown on the nominal roll of the 45th Victoria Regiment with the rank of Lieutenant


Nov 9, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59692 (temporary number 602)

Ø  Next of kin given as Thomas Murtagh, father, Lindsay, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Barber

Ø  Previous military experience given as 9 years in the 45th Victoria Regiment

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant

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


Jan 8, 1915

Forfeited 2 days pay and reduced to the rank of Private for an unrecorded offence


Jan 18, 1915

Admitted to Kingston hospital with an infected foot


Jan 27, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


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


Jun 2, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Hospital in Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Jun 7, 1915

Transferred to the Risboro Lines Tent Hospital in Shorncliffe


Jun 21, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jun 25, 1915

Readmitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital for ongoing Gonorrhea treatment


Jul 9, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Apr 17, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal with pay


Jul 1, 1916

While the battalion was preparing to move from the Micmac Camp near Dickebusch, Belgium, to the Chippawa Camp near La Clytte, L/Cpl Murtagh was supervising the loading of a Motor Lorry when his knee became crushed between the lorry and a tree.  He was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid and from there he was transported to a casualty clearing station before being transferred to the No. 23 General Hospital in Wimereux, France


Jul 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Western Australia


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the No. 2 Western General Hospital in Manchester

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


Aug 29, 1916

Transferred to the King’s Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Bushy Park


Sep 15, 1916

Discharged from hospital and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Folkestone


Sep 16, 1916

Attached to the 1st CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for physical training at the St. Leonard’s Hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and remained attached to the 1st Canadian Command Depot for physical training at St. Leonard’s Hospital


Jun 1, 1917

Attached to St. Leonard’s Hospital for light duty


Jul 5, 1917

Ceased to be attached to St. Leonard’s Hospital and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and posted to “A” Company


Jul 21, 1917

Attached to the CTB (Canadian Training Battalion) for duty


Jul 25, 1917

Appointed to rank of Acting Sergeant


Sep 10, 1917

Ceased to be attached to the training battalion and posted to the Headquarters Sub Staff of the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford and reverted to the rank of Lance Corporal


Nov 17, 1917

Appointed to the rank of Acting Lance Sergeant with pay


May 7, 1919

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant with pay


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic in Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

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


Jul 4, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213097

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Lindsay, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Lindsay, Ontario


May 20, 1966

Thomas Frederick Murtagh died and was buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Lindsay, Ontario



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