John Leo Nelson

Oct 25, 1884

Born in Picton, Ontario


Nov 11, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59741 (temporary number 104)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. JL Nelson, 373 Brown St., Rochester, New York, USA

Ø  Previous occupation given as Iron Worker

o   Later noted as Riveter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to “A” 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


Jun 13, 1915

Forfeited 1 day’s pay for being absent


Jun 23, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martins Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea

Transferred the same day to the Military Workhouse Hospital in Newcastle on Tyne


Jun 28, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 12, 1915

Admitted to the Moore Barracks Military Hospital, Shorncliffe with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea and Rheumatism

On admission it was noted that this is an ongoing case of Gonorrhea from an infection 9 years earlier that was never cured.  It is also noted that his legs and feet are painful from Rheumatism


Aug 11, 1915

Transferred to the Bevan House Hospital


Aug 24, 1915

Granted a day pass until 4.00 pm from hospital, however he did not return


Aug 25, 1915

Returned to the hospital from overstaying his pass at 1.00 pm


Sep 1, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 7, 1915

Medical Board recommends he be returned to Canada for discharge


Sep 14, 1915

While Private Nelson was in hospital in England, the 21st Battalion proceeded to France


Sep 24, 1915

Embarked the SS Missanabie in Liverpool



Oct 3, 1915

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Oct 8, 1915

Discharged from the CEF in Quebec City, Quebec

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “B”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Kingston, Ontario

Although he was entitled to the British War Medal, it was never issued to him


Apr 11, 1947

John Leo Nelson died in Rochester, New York, USA


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