Michael John Nalon

Jul 1, 1882

Born in Gananoque, Ontario  To Patrick Augustus and Selena Catherine (nee Kelly) Nalon


Feb 19, 1906

Married to Elizabeth Christina Sullivan in Gananoque


Jan 4, 1916

Attested into the 156th Battalion CEF in Brockville, Ontario

Ø  Number 639212

Ø  Next of kin given as Elizabeth Christina Nalon, wife, Gananoque, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic


Mar 4, 1916

Promoted to the provisional rank of Sergeant


Oct 19, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia



Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Witley

Appointed to the rank of Acting Sergeant


Nov 1, 1916

Reverted to the rank of Private and transferred to the 123rd Battalion at Witley to continue training


Nov 28, 1916

Medical Board held at Bramshott makes a diagnosis of VDH (Valvular Disease of Heart).  It is determined to be minor and he was cleared for full duty


Jan 5, 1917

Transferred back to the 156th Battalion


Feb 28, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Acting Corporal at his own request in order to proceed to the front

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 1, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 104 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Mar 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart


Mar 15, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Michael Nalon joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Gouy-Servins, France, west of Lens as part of a draft of 105 reinforcements and was assigned to “B” Company


May 1, 1918

Reverted to the rank of Private


Aug 28, 1918

During the battalion’s advance on the Sensee River, south east of Vis-en-Artois, Michael Nalon received shrapnel wounds to his left arm and suffered from gas poisoning.  He was evacuated to the No. 8 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transferred to the nearby CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) for further treatment


Aug 29, 1918

Transferred via the No. 23 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 12 Stationary Hospital for treatment


Sep 2, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Ville de Liege


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Bath War Hospital, Bath

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


Sep 28, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park, Epsom to continue his recovery


Oct 18, 1918

Transferred to the No. 4 Canadian General Hospital in Basingstoke


Mar 6, 1919

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Mar 22, 1919

Transferred to MD Wing #3, Kinmel Park, pending return to Canada


Mar 29, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



Apr 5, 1919

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


Apr 8, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 246107

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Gananoque

Following his discharge the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Gananoque, Ontario


May 30, 1950

Died in Gananoque, Ontario and was buried in the St. John’s Roman Catholic Cemetery there


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