William H Redburn


WH Redburn



A couple of notes about my grandfather.  he was born in London, an amateur boxer, a cabinet maker and apprentice  printer he emigrated to Canada in 1910.  He worked on farms until he found work at Crane in Port Hope  manufacturing toilets.

We found and then lost his pay book.  He was wounded or gassed  in the spring (April-May) 1916 repatriated to Canada .  He returned to the battalion in Dec - Jan 1917.  In Nov - Dec of 1917 he was wounded and lost an eye  he was returned to Canada and discharged in Feb of 1918. 


FOOTNOTE...On the long weekend in May, 2005, William H Redburn's great grandson, Duncan J Redburn, graduated from RMC and was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in the Canadian Infantry.

UPDATE  -  January 2010, Duncan J Redburn is now a Captain in the Canadian Infantry.


Photo and information courtesy of the Redburn family

Standing L-R Albert Gloyne  and William Redburn
Seated L-R John Holden  and Charles Gloyne


Summary of Service Record




Oct 27, 1881

Born at London England


Nov 14, 1914

Attested at Kingston Ontario into the 21st Battalion 

Ø      Number 59823 (temporary number 111)

Ø      Next of Kin given as Mary R Redburn (wife) of Port Hope Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as “Moulder’s Helper”

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      No religion given


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked at Folkestone for France


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France


Sep 18, 1916

Appointed to rank of L/Cpl


Nov 14, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Dec 18, 1916

Attached to 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers


Dec 22, 1916

Returned to 21st Battalion from 4th Coy CE


Feb 25, 1917

To Lewis Gun and Bomb Course


Apr 9, 1917

Promoted to Corporal


Jul 19, 1917

Reported wounded in the face by shrapnel


Jul 20, 1917

Admitted to No 6 General Hospital in Rouen


Jul 22, 1917

Transferred to No 5 General Hospital in Rouen


Jul 27, 1917

Invalided to England, SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 21st Battalion and TOS (Taken On Strength) the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot)


Jul 28, 1917

Admitted to the War Hospital at Huddersfield


Aug 23, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Monks Horton


Sep 25, 1917

Transferred to Westcliffe Eye and Ear Hospital at Folkestone


Oct 29, 1917

Received an artificial eye


Oct 30, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Monks Horton


Dec 8, 1917

Discharged from hospital


Dec 26, 1917

Detailed to the Depot Company EORD


Jan 10, 1918

On Command to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) at Buxton pending return to Canada


Jan 31, 1918

SOS EORD and embarked at Liverpool for Canada


Feb 9, 1918

TOS MD3 (Military District Depot) at Kingston Ontario for duty and assigned to the #3 Casualty Company


Feb 13, 1918

Disembarked in Canada


Mar 14, 1918

Discharged from the CEF at Kingston Ontario as medically unfit 

British War Medal and Victory Medals sent to Box 446 Port Hope Ontario




Union Cemetery
Port Hope ON


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