Floyd Arthur Mutton

Mar 18, 1896

Born in Colborne, Ontario to William Arthur and Effie May (nee McLaughlin) Mutton


Mar 18, 1914

Enlisted in the 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers in Vancouver, British Columbia.


Sep 18, 1914

Discharged from the 11th Battalion in Valcartier, Quebec as being “Inefficient”.


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59694 (temporary number 326)

Ø  Next of kin given as WA Mutton, father, Colborne, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

o   Later noted as Student

Ø  Previous military experience given as 11th Battalion, Royal Irish Fusiliers of Canada

Ø  Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø  Posted to 6 Platoon, “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into 6 Platoon, “B” Company

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


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


 From Ordinary Heroes, the history of the 21st Battaliion by Stephen Nichol
page 11


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

Attached to the 11th Canadian Labour Battalion for duty


Feb 15, 1916

Attached to the CORCC (Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps) to help build the rail line between Poperinge and Kemmel Hill in Belgium


Feb 29, 1916

Admitted to the No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Influenza.  He was transferred the same day to the Division Rest Station at the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance


Mar 6, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland Casualty Clearing Station


Mar 14, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station and rejoined the Railway Construction Corps


Apr 20, 1916

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front near Voormezeele, Belgium


Sep 15, 1916

During the attack on the Sugar Factory south of Courcelette, France, Private Mutton was employed as a Stretcher Bearer and while looking for wounded during the morning attack, he received a shrapnel wound to his right hip that completely immobilized him.  He lay wounded in no man’s land all of that day and through the night. 


Sep 16, 1916

In the morning he was located and evacuated to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance for first aid before being transported to the No. 44 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station). 


Sep 18, 1916

After being assessed, he was placed on the No. 18 AT (Ambulance Train) and transferred to the No. 1 Canadian General Hospital in Etaples, France where 2 different surgeries were performed to repair hip damage


Oct 17, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Norfolk and Norwich Military Hospital where additional surgery was performed

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


Jan 2, 1917

Transferred to the East Dereham Hospital


Mar 10, 1917

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Apr 16, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom


Jun 11, 1917

Invalided to Canada and embarked the Hospital Ship Araguaya in Liverpool


Noted on the embarkation roll as using crutches


Jun 22, 1917

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was admitted to the military convalescent home


Jul 10, 1917

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston


Jul 13, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the Queen’s Military Hospital


Jul 30, 1917

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital


Aug 13, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the Queen’s Military Hospital


Aug 28, 1917

Admitted to the Queen’s Military Hospital


Oct 31, 1917

Surgery performed to repair muscle damage


Dec 21, 1917

To be treated as an out patient of the Queen’s Military Hospital


Apr 18, 1918

Taken On Strength the MHCC (Military Hospital Commission of Canada) for pay purposes while in hospital


Jul 2, 1918

Medical Board in Kingston notes

Ø  Suffers from the effects of shrapnel wounds to his right hip

Ø  He cannot support his weight on his right leg

Ø  If he sits or lies on his right hip he suffers from pain and numbness

Ø  The region of his wound is very tender

Ø  Walking is extremely difficult and takes him about an hour to walk ½ mile

Ø  Has to wear a Thomas Leg Splint with straps over his shoulder to help bear his weight and requires a cane to walk

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged from military service and that he be supplied with any necessary splints for his disability


A Thomas Splint



Jul 6, 1918

Discharged from hospital to the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company in Kingston

Prior to his discharge, a special long hip splint and special boots were supplied and it was noted that he could walk slowly with the aid of a cane


Jul 19, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Colborne, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Hilton, Ontario


Mar 14, 1923

Married to Sarah Jane Sauva in Brighton, Ontario




Sep 23, 1974

Floyd Arthur Mutton’s son reported to Veterans Affairs Canada that his father died while a patient in the Trenton Memorial Hospital, Trenton Ontario, on this date and was buried in the Shiloh Cemetery, Colborne, Ontario



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